This is my first post on this fine forum. I am a giant fan of the Garritan Strings and the Personal Orchestra.
Dayjob = Wintel database stuff
Animation = Animation:Master on PC
But...I am moving into DAW on Mac
I respect all Giga/PC/Steinberg people, but I really need to ask the Mac people a few questions.
Goal: Classical composition and orchestration for concert music and film score, rendering of CDs of same, not as final product.
I'd love to go Garritan Strings+ or Vienna Orchestra, Dual G5 with big SATA Drives, 30 inch monitor and LogicPro, but right now I can't, financially. But, two close buddies of mine are in the film world with G5s and Final Cut Pro, and I want to stay in the Mac stream.
Here's what I already have
Mac G4 Dual 450 MHz
768 MB RAM
10 GB HD (system, basically)
OSX 10.3 Panther
19" CRT Display
Yamaha S-90 Controller/Synth
Mackie HR824 Sound Monitors
Some old Mac software:
Finale 3.2 Mac from many many years ago
Logic Micro Mac (only runs on 9.2, no upgrade path?)
CuBase 4.0 Mac
Here is what I was thinking for my first level. At this level I will not have to do any audio recording with mics, etc.; only Midi (and recording of Midi)
(later moving up to MacG5 and Logic, adding audio recording.)
More RAM and one fast HD in Mac. 400.00
LogicPro (I am student, legit) 500.00
Install both GPO and Logic on the large drive.
1) Does the combo of LogicPro and GPO REALLY work?
2) Would I need audio card and/or mixer prior to audio recording?
3) Do I need to get 2 drives, one for GPO (and other sounds) and the other for Logic?
4) Most complex situation would be piano + orchestral tracks of midi, no vocals or other instruments. Do I have enough power with this rig?
Any and all comments very welcome, including other Mac alternatives.
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P.S. Any advice how to quiet down the rude G4 (loud fans)