Originally Posted by rex_michaels
I'm going to be purchasing a notebook specifically for music production
and some web surfing. I've been hearing all kinds of conflicting things about the advantages of a Mac vs a PC. I had my mind made up on a PC, but now I'm being told this isn't what I want to do. I have about $3,000 to work with for the system. I'm familiar with PC's and have never used a Mac. And is one really better than the other? Any tips from anyone who has some experience with this? Any help and advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!!
There is a lot more music production done on the Mac, but with XP the difference between the platforms closed quite a bit. They're both suitable platforms for music production, but the Mac takes an edge for better midi and audio implementations and ease of use in set up.
Do you know what program you're going to use? What kind of music production? The software available may be the deciding factor.
Many people vastly prefer Logic, which is Mac-only now. A whole lot of music you hear on the radio is produced with Logic on Macs. Cubase is a viable option on PCs however.
For electronic music, Fruity Loops Studio is a fantastic program and PC-only. It's less full featured than Logic, but easier to learn. There are many programs like it, though, on the Mac as well (Reason comes to mind).
Most/all of the Native INstruments stuff is PC and Mac. THere is some other neat stuff like Pluggo which is available for the Mac only.
My recommendation would be a 15 or 17 inch powerbook and an Echo Indigo i/o sound card. The 12" powerbook does not have a PCMCIA card slot. Some sort of PCMCIA or external sound card is vital no matter what platform you choose, as the built in sound in laptops sucks because of interference (lots of noise) and very high latencies.
There are also USB and Firewire solutions (check m-audio.com) but the Echo Indigo i/o is an incredible value, plus it's a lot more elegent since it sits inside your computer.http://www.echoaudio.com/Products/Ca...digo/index.php
PC laptops are not a bad choice, and you'll be able to get a faster machine for the same price, however this is somewhat moot as the Powerbook G4s will be able to handle any audio tasks you throw at them more than adequately.