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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22378

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Hi guys. My imac has just died on me and I am desperately in need of a new computer and have been looking at the Mac mini. I wondered what your opinion is on this. The spec is

2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
4GB memory
1TB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 4000
OS X Mavericks

I would boost the ram to 8 gigs, and there is an option of 16gig but not sure if that's necessary. Do you think this would be good enough for running ableton and a bunch of plug ins?

The only down side is that the mini hasn't had an update for ages and is probably due one but I am in serious need of a replacement and it could be months until the update.

Ps I only just found out that 32bit software (ableton) can only utilise around 4 gigs of ram! So I will defo be installing the 64bit version with the new mac!

Any advice, opinions and any help atall would be hugely appreciated.
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22379

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If you go for the 8GB and install the 64bit version then this will be more than enough to run ableton and all your best plugins :)
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22386

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I've a question.. Why all on this world, when they change their daws get a Mac? I'm buying my new pc.. But I neither think to buy a Mac!

Yes, the unique problem that you can find is that the x32 (x86) plug-ins don't work with x64 Ableton but there's J-Bridge for this ;)
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22391

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Edi J wrote:
I've a question.. Why all on this world, when they change their daws get a Mac? I'm buying my new pc.. But I neither think to buy a Mac!

Yes, the unique problem that you can find is that the x32 (x86) plug-ins don't work with x64 Ableton but there's J-Bridge for this ;)

I have a question...what the hell are you banging on about? Guessing English is a second language for you? Don't mean to be rude but your post doesn't make much sense ;)
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22399

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Yes, it's a second language for me! Excuse me for my english! I'm an ignorant person. I'm also here to learn because in my school the english is an opinion..
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22400

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Hey Edi,
your English is great compared to my knowledge of any other language so don't feel you have to excuse yourself.

As to your question...I don't want to start a mac v PC debate, but....from my own findings....I was always a PC user, thought everyone that used a mac must be a rich idiot. During a festival (Creamfields) I noticed every act that used a computer, used a mac laptop. At the time I was having crashing and random distortion issues and had to buy a laptop anyway so bought a MacBook pro. based on my experience of making music with a computer I can say...

mac crashes less when making music
mac hardly ever locks up, an application may crash and restart (rarely) but my laptop has only locked up once in 4 years
audio handling is generally better with a mac. You can share an audio device with multiple applications, something most sound interfaces do not allow on a PC
If you have multiple sound interfaces you can create an aggregate device on a mac so that applications that only support one interface can drive multiple.
midi over the network or virtual in the machine is standard in a mac, you need a third party application in windows.
mac laptop can run on batteries for longer than PC equivalent (doesn't apply to mac mini)

Generally if you have an iphone or ipad, there is better integration between the mac and ios devices compared to a pc and ios devices
Mac is built on UNIX and has better security by design although Windows is improving with each iteration.

Downside of a mac. More expensive, not everything that's available for a PC is supported on a mac (sonar and some plugins). Battery has to be replaced in a mac store (think this is still true but not sure for latest version- obviously not applicable to a mac mini).
Latest mac machines do not have firewire which might mean extra expense buying a thunderbolt to firewire converter or new interface if you already have a firewire interface.

Just a quick suggestion on the use of a mac mini... if you are interested in performing live, you can configure the mac mini to load up your DAW with a project on boot up. Hook it up to an interface and ableton push or other controller. throw in an ipad acting as a virtual screen and you can perform live without appearing to have a laptop on stage and it all fits in a very small space. You might not need the ipad if you are comfortable without watching the screen depending on your set.
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22404

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Thank you for the explanation!
Last thing.. Mac is better than a pc or OSX is better than Windows?

Ps: I use WordReference and Google Translate :whistle:
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22405

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+1 on the MacBook Pro, center piece of both my studio & DJ set up.
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Mac mini help needed 3 years 4 months ago #22406

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personal view again... don't flame me...
OSX is better than Windows
mac is a PC that apple get to control the hardware and charge more for. OSX is optimised for the hardware apple pick. you can run OSX on non-apple hardware (search for hackintosh) but that isn't as simple as buying a real mac.
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