superfletch (17th January 2011)
Because when I buy an Aston Martin, I want the "how does it compare to a Nissan Micra" guide just so i know what i'm missing!
Must say some interesting arguements, good thing about Mac is simply a few things. It is much more stable then windows but then thats due to the fact Windows you can do much more and much more compatibility options. It has had to tighten security because 90% of the worlds hackers love to go against Microsoft. That straight away means microsoft spend a lot of time securing their product.
Macs do look pretty, we have one here and every person who spots it "Wow, Can I get one". That really does sum up for me as a MAC, its a pretty little box for a professional at Arts.
It will also be personal preference, are you liking MAC because of MAC or is it because you hate Microsoft. I am sure if the world was MAC we would be swearing much more, I have been working with both and will always discourage people getting MACs unless you want to use it for simple things. I know some one who got a MAC for her photography art and she is brilliant with it, it works, no problems, no glitches but was it worth her spending a lot of money just for MSN, Internet and photoshop?
Our Music DEPT got a class full a year ago and only 1 month ago they actually started working properly, (lack of communication from Music Dept + the guy who set them up was an idiot - mac lover as well).
As of now, they are good, they seem to be working well but I will admit it was down to the MAC Idiot who was not Tech Savvy. Maybe that is half the problem, Mac lovers do not seem to be tech know how, they seem to be the typical lover "Its the best no matter what".
After using Mac and PC, I would rather use PC but then MACs certainly do have a few good things (not many).
One of the plus points for macs is supposedly they are better for graphic design etc. Does anyone have a real justification for this?? I have heard plenty of people say it, but no one has ever given me a real reason why they would be. I would be very interested to hear if there is actually a technical (or useability) reason that would make them better for this area.its a pretty little box for a professional at Arts.
I too am very scepticle on this but thats what I am being told, I have used MAC for playing around and still could not see the difference from MAC version to PC.
So video editing? and the fact it does what it says on the box.
Plug it in, switch it on and away you go (pretty quickly too), still a lot of money for that, I know the OS is more reliable then MAC but as I mentioned before Windows has to be compatible with everything.
Glad you all know these details.
It's just what I am being told, I am not a MAC lover at all. Would be much happier if they were banned from the "Work" sector and for personal use only.
Garageband. This is a cut down version of Logic for kids. Granted it is very good for the money, infact the new version has just about everything you would need for a "garage band", but is it industry standard? Well no, not at all. Its backend is Logic but there is no comparison. So what is industry standard, or more appropriatly, what will the kids likely use if they get into music production? Logic pro, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, Ableton, FLStudio... the list goes on. So which out of these is Mac only? Only Logic Pro, which funnily enough was also for Windows until Apple aquired it in 2002.
"But surely they run better on Mac?"
Intergration between apps, yes they do. Software for OSX does seem to put file in the proper folders more often than on Windows.
Performance wise. From what I can see, no they dont. I have run some tests on Reason between mac and windows and on a £ for £ basis the PC comes out top by a fair margin. If you compare the hardware like for like the mac comes out top, but only just, certainly not enough to justify the costs imo.
"But I'm just going to use garageband so you arguement is pointless"
Ok, Garageband is a very good app for kids, but dont delude yourself into thinking it is industry standard because it isnt. Just because the kids can use garageband doesnt mean they will be able to pick up one of the proper DAWs as they are infinately more complex. It has taken me years to "master" Reason (and I use that term loosely because I am certainly still learning), where as I had licked Garageband as soon as I opened it.
"But surely this is a reflection on the good quality interface of garageband"
Yes, its really easy to pick up, things are in an intuative place, but most importantly Reason is infinatly more powerful and as such is always going to be harder to use.
On a final note. Would I buy a Mac if music production was my livelyhood? Yes I probably would. But it would have to be a Mac Pro, which given the cost, I would have to be earning a decent wage to justify the outlay when a PC is just as good in nearly all the important aspects.
If people would admit that they are buying a Mac simply for iLife, and not because its industry standard, I feel alot of these arguements would not come about. But then once one admits that you have to compare the price of "Mac with iLife" to "Windows with Reason/Pro tools/etc", which will be very similar if not less for the PC (especially when you factor in the added support costs and a mac server), and decide which suits your needs the most. Do you want "industry standard" software, or do you want easy software?
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