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Studio One 2 + Studiolive -Apple or Win- ???
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groovemusic
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I need a tip for buying the right solution...
Which system is the better generally? I often read about problems with "Win7" etc. Are there also known problems with Mac? Sorry, maybe this is a moot question but I want to go for sure to by the "right" System...
thx - greetz-Tom
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mwright137
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I'll bite.

You can get both to work fine. There are stickies for doing just that.

I was always a Windows user and hated Macs. Then I got one. It just worked right away - no system settings to change or any crap like that. They cost more for the base models, but in my opinion they are worth it.

I'm sure others will disagree...
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markusgalla
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Both systems work well.

I think most users would agree, that a Windows system needs more tweaking than a Mac OS X system. You have to be more careful about what you do with the system and the system setup. But once you've got it running it will do just as well as any Apple system.

The point is:

Apple uses the same approved hardware for all computers. The user is not allowed to change anything inside the computer. Every connection is made via Firewire or USB2/3 (except Mac Pro). This makes it very easy for software developers (and hardware developers) to program performant software. They simply know what is inside the user's computer. Audio driver architecture is a fixed part of the operating system (core audio). This is why drivers are very stable and performant on a Mac OS X system. Mac OS X is optimized for Apple hardware and cannot (or is not allowed to would be better) run on other hardware than Apple hardware.

With Windows based systems it is the other way around. Since Windows can run on any computer, Microsoft has no control over the hardware. They need a ton of drivers for any possibility. This is a clear downside for the system performance. But there is no way around that if you want a computer where you can decide about the hardware ingredients. Windows does not have ASIO inside......you have to install it by yourself. Only software that has an ASIO interface can communicate with the drivers of your audio hardware.

For professional users there are some manufacturers of Windows based PCs with assorted and approved hardware and optimized (stripped down) Windows OS (FROST is one of them). But if you compare the prices of these computers to the Apple prices you will notice that you can easily afford a big Apple system for the same price (or less).

If you want to change components at every time you want, buy a good Windows PC. If you want a performant system that is never changed in its components, go for a Mac. If you are a computer freak, you will be able to tweak Windows to be performant and strip it down to its relevant parts. If you do not want dig deep down inside the OS, go for a Mac.

And one thing should not be overseen: You can install Windows on any Mac, too and switch between the systems (or have it virtualized).
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groovemusic
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THANKS for input!
The decision will be the Mac...
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1954bassman
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So I have a Studio Live coming, and I have Pro Tools 9 loaded on my ASUS G73 which has no firewire port.What is going to be my most economical sulution here? I am thinking I am going to have to buy another laptop with a firewire jack, and load my protools to it. Unless there is some way to use my ASUS (USB ports only, and no way of getting firewire on it). I will start a new thread, but I have the same question. I have always used PCs, but never a Mac.
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markusgalla
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It is as you said: If there is no way to update your computer (think of compatible firewire chipsets!) you have to buy a new one.
If you've got a cross platform version of Pro Tools you can easily switch to Mac. Otherwise it would be cheaper to stay where you are.
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TiKkO
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It's just a matter of preference. They simply don't make a computer good enough for me out of the box so I absolutely have to have a custom build whenever I get a new computer. That's why I stay PC. Also, Macs are annoying as hell and all that stuff about being virus-proof is bs so I'll never switch to Mac.
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