Mac vs PC (but, seriously,...)
My old Windows machine has pretty much bitten the dust since our recent move and I'm planning on replacing it with a secondhand iMac as I start getting back into music. Our whole family is pretty much Apple now (2 MBPs, 2 MBAs, more iPads and iPhones than I can count, etc), so it just makes sense to me. Plus, we already have a Thunderbolt Display than I can use as a second monitor.
Both my 2011 MBA and 2015 MPB are better spec'ed and perform better than the old Windows machine, so I'm thinking an i5 or i7/16GB/500GB 27" iMac built within the last few years will be way more than I need for the little bit of music I'm making these days (photography and videography has consumed my life lately).I'll be running LPX, Studio One v4, Ableton, Cubase, and Wavelab, plus FCPX, Adobe Premiere, etc.
I need storage, lots of storage for all of my sample libraries, photos, videos, music projects, etc. My current machine has 8TB of storage on 6 drives. I'll need to archive much of it, and move the rest onto drives that my new computer can access. What do you Mac guys do for storage? Are you using external HD towers, and are you using USB3 or Thunderbolt external drives? Are they fast enough to run sample-heavy projects, with multiple instances of Maschine, Kontakt, Omnisphere, etc??? I'm thinking maybe two external drives for now: a 2TB drive for media (photos, videos) and another 2TB for samples and music stuff.
If you made it this far, thanks in advance for any advice (and, no, I'm definitely not going to build another Windows machine )
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