Does anyone do any heavy sound design on an iMac? Just curious. I was looking to purchase one for the home but I'm not too keen on its expandability (surround sound) and am wondering a bit about its performance.
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We've got an i7 at the studio, lots of heavy sound work done on it. Set up with a 5.1 Blue Sky Media Desk system for surround work; it is a beast, tons of power. Don't know what you mean by its expandability re surround work, that's dependent on your audio i/o. We run audio thru a Steinberg MR816 via a FW800 to 400 converter and use a Euphonix MC Pro for a controller.
i currently do all sound design and arranging mixing and music production on my Macbook (not the new one with unibody) and it still works like a charm! even with 30 channels of audio / midi with instruments and at least 2-3 plugins at each channel running!
Macbook with 2.2 cpu with 2gb ram and 160gb HD at 5200rpm and M-Audio Fast track Pro, this setup keeps me running really good for 3-4 years now so i guess a new iMac will be more than enough for you. I forgot to mention i run Logic 9