I´m currently using a MacBookPro for all may computer work including midi and audio recording. For several reasons I would like to switch to an iMac for home use and use my MacBook for out of home sessions only.
There are 2 questions regarding the iMac where I could need some advice from you:
- Is the iMac´s cpu sufficient for non professional recording in a home recording studio (basically recording with VSTi as well as a microfone for the singer and maybe a guitar (no multi miked drums). I´m using K4 quite often with larger orchestral sample libraries. Would the power be sufficient? Do I nedd an i5 or i7 processor?
- My major question: the iMac has only limited firewire slots (which I would need for my external discs which I use for disc streaming) and the new thunderbold interface as well as USB in/ output. My Mac Book uses an RME audio interface which is connected via a cardbus interface. I won´t be able to use this for the iMac so I thought about switching to an USB interface instead. Are there any reccomendations for an interface with something like 4 inputs and outputs as well as SPDIF In/out? How is the performance of an USB interface compared to firewire as USB has traditionally not been the strong side of Macs?
Thanks very much for your help