I can only add that my company has archived many top-10 songs for major
labels that have been mixed on a laptop in first class by the engineer (or
in his living room with a FireWire HDD attached). Don't underestimate the
power of laptops.
Sorry your brother had a problem with an Ibook, but many Mac laptops are
quite active in the commercial recording process. One erratic Mac is
inevitable, and I would assume the same is an issue in the Wintel
environment. Sweeping generalizations are usually inaccurate.
Bridge Media Solutions, Inc.
> From: "Paul T. Jackson" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 16:39:10 -0700
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] digital recording
> I would strongly suggest you start with researching what
> software/hardware you are looking at using (according to what you want
> to accomplish - your needs), then buy the computer accordingly. Don't
> rule out a Mac; they are alot easier to maintain.
> Good, no, Great advice...except that neither PC nor Mac laptops (the
> machines) "...are alot easier to maintain."
> The machines generally work fine, it is the software that screws up what the
> machines are supposed to be doing, and iMac and the iBook laptops are not
> immune to difficulties. My brother has been back to the shop with his iBook
> more times than I would have expected...because of the operating system
> (problems not unlike Microsoft). In fact I was considering the iBook until
> my brother told me of his problems. Some years ago I had an Acer PC laptop
> that was replaced by Acer three times...the third time before we started
> using it, we tested it for viruses and we found it was being delivered with
> an exec. virus that was deleting files...they were transferring the virus
> from the company's own Microsoft OEM discs to the computer. I've had good
> and bad experience with Radio Shack, Compaq, Acer, HP, Gateway laptops.
> Some of the bad, had to do with what I wanted to use it for, and not
> having enough memory, storage, speed, et al. It would probably help to be
> able to test it out with the process you plan to use. The same applies to
> the software, and find what it doesn't do, that you need it to do (like
> desktop publishing that doesn't handle 17x11 format for newsletters), before
> buying it.
> Paul T. Jackson - Trescott Research
> Information Resources and Library Development
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