Old 08-28-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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I'm looking into the possibility of switching to a Mac, but my current sound card will not transfer over. I'm using the E-MU 1212m which is a great sound card, but after looking at their website, they don't mention Mac at all with it.

So I was wondering if any of you could post recommendations for a high quality sound card for recording that works with a Mac.

I'm using E-MU PM5 speakers which have 1/4 inch cables, so the sound card would have to have 1/4 inch speaker inputs and outputs, plus an S/PDIF input.
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:24 PM   #2
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Yeah... it's a serious bummer EMU won't do a Mac driver...

Why the switch? I have been tempted myself but I read just as many Mac horror stories as I do PC horror stories. Besides, anyway you slice it, owning and using a Mac COSTS more. The value is not there IMO.

Please, no Mac-heads beating up on me. It's my opinion based on a little bit of research.

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Old 08-28-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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It's just a thought at present. The thing I really like about the Mac is you don't have the spyware/virus/trojan problem. Although I know how to avoid that even with a Windows based PC, with a Mac you don't even really need to avoid it cuz the threat is not there to start with.

Plus I found out that you can run Windows programs on a Mac also so that would make switching less painful.

But you are correct about horror stories. I've read about them too. No computer is perfect I'm sure.

I think if I did pick one up, I would have to get one of those external interfaces like a Presonus Firestudio or something like that.

Then I wonder if WINE will run Reaper and EZ Drummer.

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Old 08-29-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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Then I wonder if WINE will run Reaper and EZ Drummer.
It does run them as long as your soundcard is supported by alsa. The only drawback really being a bit sluggish screenupdates. You need a pretty good computer to enjoy the experience though. On my P4 3GHz it didn't work out, but with a q6600 quad all is rosy. I load the cpu to the max and still run 5ms latency.
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It's just a thought at present. The thing I really like about the Mac is you don't have the spyware/virus/trojan problem. Although I know how to avoid that even with a Windows based PC, with a Mac you don't even really need to avoid it cuz the threat is not there to start with.

Plus I found out that you can run Windows programs on a Mac also so that would make switching less painful.

But you are correct about horror stories. I've read about them too. No computer is perfect I'm sure.

I think if I did pick one up, I would have to get one of those external interfaces like a Presonus Firestudio or something like that.

Then I wonder if WINE will run Reaper and EZ Drummer.
Yeah... I have entertained the thoughts of getting a nice iMac for general household use and dipping my toes into "Mac World". The BootCamp thing does make it a bit more enticing because theoretically all my WinBlows software will still work.

They're just so darn expensive! I can buy TWO nice quad core PC systems for what the lowest cost iMac runs... Apple needs to get competitive with their pricing IMO.

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Old 08-29-2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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I don't know what ALSA is. Never heard of it.

I've decided to wait on getting a Mac Pro. It's much safer to wait until Justin releases the final OS X version of Reaper. I know right now you can download a Beta version, but I really want to wait until the final release version is ready.

Considering how fast Justin works, it probably won't be too long.
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