Not really, but chances are the new models will have added benefits such as DDR RAM, faster internal busses and such. If you can\'t wait, go with the iMac, it seems to give you a bigger bang for the buck and you can burn your own DVD\'s!
he problem with the iMac is its lackof expansion. It is SOOO easy to add RAM, a second hard drive, etc. to a Power Mac, and a real PITA on the iMac. Yep, it\'s quieter. Buy a quiet fan for the bigger box. (Personal opinion-I have a B&W G3 with g4 addon, my wife has the iMac.) FWIW.
Thanks so much for all the great words of wisdom!!
I won\'t be spending $$$ for at least 6 months, so I have plenty of time to swim around. I think an iMac might be best for me ... I believe the memory can go up to 1 gig (sweet) and the digi002 as an additional firewire port (extra drive)...
Most of my projects for this \"away from the big studio at work\" will involve working with multimedia firms...so, DVD buring will be a big plus!
But, as I said ... I have plenty of time.
Again... thank you so much. The Giga forum, as always, rocks!! [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
I am new to your forum, and at the risk of asking something that may have been addressed prior to this inquiry in perfect ad nauseum form, here are my questions:
First, to qualify this, I am a composer who is Mac-based. Currently I own a G4-533 dual processor Mac with 640 MB RAM, a 30-gig internal HD and a Glyph IDE-9 gig external running Digital Performer 2.72 on Mac OS 9.1. I use the Motu Midi Time Piece AV USB coupled with Motu 2408 MK II audio system, with various new and vintage synths and such.
I have listened to many problems involving the Halion VST solution which would tend to point in the direction of Emagic Logic as a sequencing engine. However, Halion has yet to address (at least to my own satisfaction) the quirks that separate it from the Gigastudio controls. To further complicate the problem with running Gigasamples, I use Digital Performer which is not VST-based unless it uses a VST shell program - which in my opinion further handicaps the Mac-based musician from running, say, Garritan Orchestral Strings.
My solution is to return to the idea of creating a dedicated sampling system by a stand alone Windows-based computer, running GigaStudio 160, with its own audio outs connected via adat lightpipe to my Motu 2408 and sync\'ed to midi using DP as the master.
Before I start compiling my list and buying, what pitfalls should I avoid (and please offer solutions) so that I can get the most bang for my bucks and have the system work the way I am envisioning with the least amount of downtime?