Until last year, like you all my devices matched and synced. Mac everything. iPhone, Mac Pro (2009), Macbook Pro (2006), a couple of other Macs inside my house for other chores…everything worked and synced. In 2012, I decided to build a PC and a buddy of mine and I built a good one. Researched for months and decided to go ahead. It is a very beefy machine and handles Cubase quite well.
In the first year and a half of operating the thing I have had to reformat the SSD and start over installing the OS drive twice, reload all the software, samplers and plug ins now three times, have trouble finding them all because all of the manufacturers put them in different places, and I am constantly switching back and forth between the Mac and the PC. I do website design on Mac in a program called Freeway Pro that is only for Mac OS. I have a 27 inch monitor and a 22 inch monitor both on arms and have one connected to a switcher box as I have the need to constantly go back and forth.
Cubase 7.5 has been great on the pc. Are you telling me that it is not so great on a Mac now? Yes, it is $4,000 and I’m not sure which direction to go. Is it worth the 4k to have everything synced? Recently I have been trying out an iPhone 5 to see if I like it better than my Galaxy S3 and it is a toss-up. I can’t find anything definitive that makes me like the iphone over my Android. A ton more apps on the iPhone platform than android, yes, but I’m just not sure. iOS7 has dropped being able to play podcasts from the music program and the iPhone and Mac World is very demanding about how it has to be run, when the Android is more of an “open” concept, allowing me to decide how to use the device. Pardon my rabbit trail, here.
If I buy a new Mac, I will have to buy a PCI chassis to run the UAD-2 Duo card and my Music System which is Motu hd192 on PCIx card. I have a PCIe card in my Mac still with an older Motu 1224 box. Or, I will have to change to a Thunderbolt Interface, probably the UAD Apollo in order to keep the UAD plugins I own.
Changing back to a Mac is going to require about 5k for the new Mac and $2,500 for the Apollo. That is a lot of dough. BUT----you say that all OS will crash at some point. I have worked on macs at home and at the office since the late 1980s and I can count on three fingers (and that may be too many) one has had a system crash and I can count on one hand the times the hardware has failed out of about 25 macs over the years I have owned or been directly responsible for.
I often hear stories of the PC people who make comments about their systems being bogged down and they have to spend a weekend reinstalling their Windows OS and all their software so the computers will run smoothly again. NEVER EVER had this issue on the mac.
I’m sitting here typing this on a Lenovo IdeaPad running Windows 8 and I have owned this for 5 months with no problems other than a few software updates. You are saying you have a complete Windows 8.1 system with the phone and everything? No apps for the phone, limited apps for the tablet and regular software for the computer.
I’m at loss as to what to do. Currently (and for about 7 months now) my Windows 7 pc running CUBASE 7.5 and all associated plug ins and VSTis is doing just fine. I use it every day, all is good. BUT, looming in the back of my mind is the dreaded day when the Windows OS crashes or the computer needs a re-install just because it isn’t running smoothly. There goes a weekend starting over again.
My thoughts, and I welcome yours.