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Re: choosing the right laptop for live looping , real time DSP processing and running Video

Honestly, if money is an issue at all, get a decent xp running laptop  
with built in FireWire. Apple makes damn fine hardware, and it isn't  
that much more expensive, but what really makes it great is its os. If  
you'll mostly be in xp (which you have to factor into the mac's price)  
there's not really a point, unless there's a mac only app like Logic  
you want to use.


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On Jul 27, 2007, at 4:16 AM, "RICK WALKER" <looppool@cruzio.com> wrote:

> Kris wrote:
> "And I hear now that with mac, no one has these problems because  
> they have their core audio and force everyone to comply to their  
> standards so that users don't have to suffer as a result of so many  
> diverse driving coding standards across the globe."
> I have to admit.    I've been a real skeptic about the whole Mac  
> world for a long time.
> Now,  hear me out before you make any judgements here about what I"m  
> saying...................
> To preface what I'm saying,  I'm actually seriously considering  
> investing in a Macbook pro.
> Please help me out with my fears if you don't mind:
> To my mind, Macs have always seemed unnecessarily overpriced  
> (especially for peripherals)
> and surrounded by almost fetishistic devotees who could never admit  
> that valid music making was possible on a PC.
> Also,  frankly,   I was a little jealous because I just couldn't  
> afford one and it seemed like they become obsolete every three years  
> without the ability to upgrade as is possible,  $100 at a time in  
> the PC world.   For a long time I just couldn't afford to be in that  
> world so I learned how to overcome IRQ conflicts,   edit my  
> registry,  install new drivers and fight off the myriad spyware/ 
> adware/malware and viruses that plague the Microsoft world.
> That said and done,  this is the first sentence (by Kris stated  
> above) that I've read that is making me reconsider my next purchase  
> of a laptop for making music (and video).
> Now one last thing fills me with a little fear and it is here where  
> I truly need your advice all you experts (Mac and Windows alike):
> I honestly love a whole suite of programs that are PC only (and a  
> zillion VST and VSTi plugings the either don't run on a Mac or don't  
> run well).
> These are FlStudio Producers Edition for which there is no single  
> program in the Mac domain that will do, specifically, what this  
> incredible program
> will do............Sony ACID,  Sony Sound Forge,  Sony Vegas Video,   
> Tuareg 2,  Granulab and a bunch of simple proprietary sound design  
> progams too numberous
> to mention.
> I have heard it said by some that running Windows XP on on the Intel  
> Macs is exactly the same as running it on a specific Windows maching
> and I've heard it said that Win XP does NOT run as effeciently on an  
> Intel Mac as on a high powered Windows desktop or laptop.
> Which is it you guys?
> Can anyone who has truly deep experience running Windows XP on an  
> Intel Mac tell me whether I'm safe running all my favorite programs
> on the WIN XP side of an Intel Macbook Pro?     I don't want to hear  
> theoreticals just because I have heard way too many Mac enthusiasts  
> who've had no experience whatsoever
> with a lighting fast dual processor WinXP machine make critiques of  
> it that are ludicrously innaccurate.
> Assuming I have the money,   and if the Intel Macbook Pro is truly  
> just as good as a fast Win XP machine then I'd be a fool not to buy  
> one
> if for no other reason than doing all of my browsing and e-mail on  
> the much safer OS-X side of the machine, whilst using my favorite  
> programs on
> the WinXP side of the machine.
> Thanks in advance for any advice people have to give me.
> yours,
> Rick Walker