First, I'd like to thank those people who listened and those who commented on my piece which was posted here earlier.
Here's my issue: My laptop was recently stolen in a break-in. Thankfully, nothing important was on it, and it was insured. When the insurance company asked me if I wanted them to replace the laptop or let me cash out, I chose to cash out, as I wanted to upgrade it anyway.
But then I got to thinking...
Currently, I use a PC set up with Gigastudio 2.5. (I have Gigastudio 3, but as yet, I havent had time to upgrade and re-learn things, as I've been in the middle of a project until recently.) I have a Layla 24/96 card, and I use Sonar 3 Producer Edition as a sequencer. I use Cool Edit Pro to mix.
So many people here at school who are audio people have told me that in the "industy", Macs dominate, and if I want to get serious, I'm going to need to ditch the PC set-up altogether. Go with a Mac and Digital Performer.
So now, I'm seriously considering... Laptop = PC or Mac? I am going to a serious music festival this summer, and I need to have a computer of some kind to take with me. So I have questions:
Do I go with what I know? (As good of a PC as I can afford in a laptop)
Do I get a G4 Powerbook and try to learn it in time for this summer. It was suggested that I buy the PC laptop this summer, and then next summer, get the Mac, but that's a SERIOUS drain of money to try to outfit both of those systems.
The other set of questions is this:
If I go with a PC Laptop, is the set up I have: Sonar 3 Producer, Finale 2005, Layla 24, GS 2.5/3 and Cool Edit Pro, work well for me, or should I consider starting to learn more, "sophisticated(?)" programs like Logic, Protools, or other sequencers. What are some others that I should consider?
And, if I go with the Mac, considering I would have to re-outfit everything, how much WOULD I need to re-outfit. All my libraries are for Giga... What samplers do mac users use, what sequencers, what... everything else? I know nothing about Macs.
Please... Any advice about this is greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much,