The pricing of the new Mac Pros is utterly comical – they’ve narrowed its focus and are casting off concerns of even the most fanatical non-part-of-a-deep-pockets-business users. So, I’m done with paying the embarrassing Mac tax and am looking into switching back to Windows after 6 years on Mac.
What I like about Mac is its stone cold reliability for me – I’ve almost never had an issue with the computer freezing, blue-screening, etc., aside from plug-in related issues in Cubase. Stability has always been supreme, and I run extremely huge scoring and mix sessions (easily 350 tracks, VE Pro, stacked to the limit with plugins and VSTi’s, etc.). I’m used to the ease of the Mac working great almost constantly. I’m not interested in a Hackintosh because my schedule is so stacked that I have little time or interest anymore to tinker about – I just need things to work (obviously there’s an initial setup and maintenance – I’m not talking about that). When I was on Windows before Mac I had great systems by ADK and ran into issues on a fairly regular basis at times – BIOS this, BIOS that, blue screens, etc. But that was over six years ago.
So this question is ONLY for people who have used or currently use both Windows and Mac: What is your experience on Windows currently vs. Mac as far as reliability, stability, and ease of dealing with, all with Cubase? I would like answers that reflect your true reality – life is too short for any kind of fanboy-ism, and I couldn’t care less what company I use as long as its the best for me.