View Full Version : G4 for music software...

Slick Rhetoric
28th March 2008, 03:26 AM
Im lookin into buyin a G4 to start producing music...im lookin at using reason, logic, protools and maybe ableton live...

whats the minimum amount of space i should have on a hard drive and Ram?

Please help...

28th March 2008, 07:39 AM
Hi Slick,

welcome to the forums :)

With the apps you havd in mind, any G4 will struggle, at the end of the day. Any Intel Mac will be significantly faster and ultimately save you a lot of time and grief.

So if it must be a G4, go the fastest you can get. Ideally that'd be a dual CPU machine, 1.25Ghz+, 2GB RAM, and a fast external hard disk (cheap as chips, 500GB is now ~ $130 AUD!). But, consider an Intel iMac or even cheap G5 tower - anything over the G4.


28th March 2008, 07:40 AM
G'day and welcome to MacTalk forums!

Have you visited the Apple's system requirements (http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/logicpro/specs.html) for Logic Pro? (right hand column) Seeing that Logic Pro probably has the harshest of system requirements that should help you get an idea of what Mac is best suited for the job. Offcourse the Mac Intels chips are capable of delivering better performance than the yesteryear G4.

edit: beat me to it!

28th March 2008, 02:03 PM
Reason (including the latest v4), Logic (up to v7) and Pro Tools (all versions) will run more than happily on even the lowest of G4 machines. Ableton Live is perhaps the most CPU-hungry of the lot (seeing it is focussed on real-time manipulation of sound) and the minimum for it is a dual CPU machine running at 1 GHz. The newest Logic, Logic Studio, will run on a dual-2.0 GHz PowerMac G5, but is optimised for multicore Intel Macs with buckets of memory.

What is going to hurt you, CPU-wise, is not the programs themselves but the plug-ins you wish to use -- soft-synths and effects -- as these are often very CPU intensive, especially those favoured by the electronic dance music community.

You need to closely examine your budget, too. As well as the computer, and the software you would like to use, you need to include a good external audio interface, and a small but flexible MIDI controller of some kind.

We have a few musicians hiding away here, so feel free to ask any questions. If you can provide us with an idea of your budget, and exactly what kinds of music you are wanting to create, we can help refine your search.

Slick Rhetoric
29th March 2008, 01:19 AM
Well what do you guys think about a G5 ibook? would that be sufficient enuf to run atleast reason protools and logic with a midi controller and a audio interface

what are your recomendations?

29th March 2008, 01:56 AM
Oohhhh, there's so many people here who would love a G5 laptop :D

Seriously: get as much CPU-speed as your budget allows. Just be aware that whilst a laptop is good for taking on the road with you, screen real-estate will be at a premium ... and all pro-audio apps are simply FULL of windows of this & that.

Personally, I wouldn't bother with Pro Tools -- not only are they tardy about keeping their software up to date, for best results it only works with Digidesign audio interfaces. Logic would struggle on an iBook.