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TOPIC: Any Windows using producers out there?

Any Windows using producers out there? 1 year 6 months ago #24697

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Hi guys. Ive been away for quite a while busy with non music stuff, but i am back on track now, and planning an upgrade for my studio. Ive been using Mac for 10 years for my main production computer, but i am planning a (possible) switch to Windows, and have been looking online at having a machine built for me from Pc specialist online. I feel like i am walking into the unknown here, having not used windows for so many years, and still concerned with the memories of blue screens and full system formatting nightmares, which never occurred with using OSX. The reason for me planning on jumping ship is that i can get so much more power in a spec of a windows machine for a fraction of the price. Does anyone have any advice for me in this situation? or maybe suggestions on what to avoid. I was also looking into Macbook Pro on finance, but i just don't know if i can justify such a brutal price tag for a spec that i could get in a windows machine at about half the price! any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated!
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Any Windows using producers out there? 1 year 6 months ago #24701

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I've been using Windows for years never had any major problems, I love my PC set-up, large monitor and my M-Audio monitors in my spare room/Studio. I actually bought a mac book pro a while back as i thought the performance would be so good, it was good but nothing my PC could do so i ended up selling my mac book to further upgrade my PC set-up and also used the money to fund the purchases of some quality sound libraries. I also didn't like working on a laptop, i missed my PC set-up as it just suited my production and its what I had just got used too.

Will you using a windows for live performances? to me this is where the mac book is king, its reliability when performing live, I don't perform live so that was another reason for me sticking with my PC set-up but i would defo consider this factor into your decision.

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Any Windows using producers out there? 1 year 6 months ago #24710

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Thanks for the response Karl. I won't be using it for live purposes. I use cdjs when I play out although I would love to start playing live. It's not going to happen anytime soon, so that's not an issue. Are you using Windows 10 or are you still on an older version. I've heard that 7 is still the most compatible and reliable platform for some producers. I hear you about the MacBook dude for the same sort of spec as a quad core i7 MBP, I can get a 6 core with 32 gigs of ram AND a nice monitor and still have change. I have used Mac for as long as I remember, but I just can't justify shelling out again! The place that I am looking at will build the machine and it offers 24 month credit which will work out at 30 pounds a month! It's a no brainer really! I know a lot of djs use MBP's to play out with Traktor, but I only use CDs or rekordbox, so I think it's decision made! 8-)
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Any Windows using producers out there? 1 year 6 months ago #24717

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Yeah I'm using Windows 10 now, I have had some issues, like now every time I load ableton up for some reason my audio out sounds all distorted and glitchy when i hit a midi key...to resolve this I have to change my sample rate back to 44100 and then back to 48000, you can hear the audio driver re adjust and then everything will be fine...till I next load up Ableton, it also does the same if i leave the sample rate at 44100...weird, so I don't know if this is my audio driver or something with windows 10 but I have sine updated both and it still happens. Other than that mate W10 has been fine. :cheer:

Yeah I think the PC thing makes sense and I hope it all works out for you man.

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Any Windows using producers out there? 1 year 5 months ago #24744

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I think OS X is a far better and more pleasant OS than windows, but I do use a windows PC for producing and haven't really got any problems. I upgraded to Windows 10 and I regret that decision, I think Windows 8.1 is the best version of Windows right now but 7 isn't bad either.

If you're really up for saving money though, don't buy a pre-built. Building a PC yourself is much easier than it sounds and you can get greater value for your money. Give /r/buildapc a visit and ask around, people are always willing to help and you'll probably end up with a better PC as a result.

Edit: For example, you mention a "6-core" versus a quad core i7, but despite having more cores that 6-core can very well be less powerful than the i7. More cores don't make a better cpu, and it's these kind of pitfalls that /r/buildapc can help you avoid.
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