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180 18 August 6, 2019 at 02:39 PM
My niece is starting school in the fall and is going to produce music. I need advice on what devices she should get as she is starting out. I have seen the bundles, Apple complete recording studio from guitar center but I looked the mini mac specs for pro tools and couldn't handle it.

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First question is if you she is going to be running ProTools on Apple, Windows or Hackintosh? What does the school require?
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If your going with mac get Logic Pro, basically same thing and a lot of artists use it as well. If she is starting out she won't need all the fancy gizmos, plug ins, hardware, ect. She needs to learn the basics first, so I wouldn't spend a lot on it. Protools has a free version, but the pro and ultimate verson are subscriptions vs logic pro which is $200 all in. and be warned the Mac Mini Gets HOT After moderate usage and is limited upgrade. you can get a PC for the same price of a mac mini that will be a lot cooler and upgradable than the mac mini.
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First question is if you she is going to be running ProTools on Apple, Windows or Hackintosh? What does the school require?
The school gave the specs for apple and windows. She doesn't have a preference on a system.
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If your going with mac get Logic Pro, basically same thing and a lot of artists use it as well. If she is starting out she won't need all the fancy gizmos, plug ins, hardware, ect. She needs to learn the basics first, so I wouldn't spend a lot on it. Protools has a free version, but the pro and ultimate verson are subscriptions vs logic pro which is $200 all in. and be warned the Mac Mini Gets HOT After moderate usage and is limited upgrade. you can get a PC for the same price of a mac mini that will be a lot cooler and upgradable than the mac mini.
I see the deals being posted but don't have a clue on which one to get. I looked at the mini mac because it came with recording hardware. I figure get the system and add peripherals later.
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The school gave the specs for apple and windows. She doesn't have a preference on a system.

In that case, I would go PC/Windows and have her start with trying out Cakewalk by Bandlab (free) or Reaper (free to try, $60) to own. She should be able to get ProTools for Windows through the school if that is what they are using. Next question is are you looking at a desktop or a laptop?
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In that case, I would go PC/Windows and have her start with trying out Cakewalk by Bandlab (free) or Reaper (free to try, $60) to own. She should be able to get ProTools for Windows through the school if that is what they are using. Next question is are you looking at a desktop or a laptop?
She don't have a preference, more than likely a desktop as more bang for buck
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If you have a small, local PC shop, I'd get an estimate from them to build one for her. My recommendation would be:
CPU: minimum of Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard: Full size ATX for easier expansion
Video: CPU onboard video is fine for audio production. Add a NVIDIA GTX 1660 if she has some aspirations of doing some video work.
Memory: minimum or 16GB of DDR4 memory
Storage: 512GB or 1TB NVME boot drive (this is important) and 4TB HDD for additional storage
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Without knowing what instrument(s) she plays, it's difficult to choose an audio interface. My first choice would be: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/...-interface A budget choice would be: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/...-interface
Of course if she's only going to be recording 1 or 2 instruments at a time or only doing electronic music, there are much smaller and cheaper interfaces.
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If you have a small, local PC shop, I'd get an estimate from them to build one for her. My recommendation would be:
CPU: minimum of Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard: Full size ATX for easier expansion
Video: CPU onboard video is fine for audio production. Add a NVIDIA GTX 1660 if she has some aspirations of doing some video work.
Memory: minimum or 16GB of DDR4 memory
Storage: 512GB or 1TB NVME boot drive (this is important) and 4TB HDD for additional storage
Windows 10

Without knowing what instrument(s) she plays, it's difficult to choose an audio interface. My first choice would be: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/...-interface [sweetwater.com] A budget choice would be: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/...-interface [sweetwater.com]
Of course if she's only going to be recording 1 or 2 instruments at a time or only doing electronic music, there are much smaller and cheaper interfaces.
Thanks, I can build a pc if I order the parts, was kinda hesitant about letting that be my first build. She plays keyboard, guitar and sings. Im sure her parents will be looking at the cheaper options lol.
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The school gave the specs for apple and windows. She doesn't have a preference on a system.
Can you post them?
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Pro Tools 2018 / 2019 System Requirements
System Requirements and Compatibility for Pro Tools & Pro Tools | Ultimate
NOTE: Refer to these articles for Pro Tools 12 System Requirements
Pro Tools 12 System Requirements
Pro Tools | HD 12 System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements:
Mac:
Intel® Mac with macOS 10.12.6, 10.13.6, 10.14.4 or 10.14.5 (please find version specific qualifications in the macOS Compatibility Grid below; confirm that your other software is compatible with macOS Mojave before upgrading--see this article for more information)
Intel® Core i5 processor (Pro Tools Standard), Intel® Core i7 processor (Pro Tools | Ultimate)
16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
Internet connection for installation
15GB disk space for installation
PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (incl. one power connection on motherboard), Thunderbolt port for supported PCIe-chassis or HD Native Thunderbolt
USB port, FireWire port or Thunderbolt port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
Pro Tools | Ultimate requires a Pro Tools DigiLink I/O license to access HD hardware. For more information see this article

Windows:
Intel® PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions (please find version specific qualifications in the Windows OS Compatibility Grid below)
Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
Intel® Core i5 processor (Pro Tools Standard), Intel® i9, or Intel® Xeon processor (Pro Tools | Ultimate)
16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
Internet connection for installation
15GB disk space for installation
PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (incl. one power connection on motherboard)
USB-port, FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device
Compatible NVIDIA graphics card (see machine-specific Slot Order & Configuration pages linked below for tested NVIDIA card models)
Pro Tools | Ultimate requires a Pro Tools DigiLink I/O license to access HD hardware. For more information see this article
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a macbook meets those specs
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a macbook meets those specs
Don't want to spend macbook money. She has a limited budget, looking for something under 500.
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Don't want to spend macbook money. She has a limited budget, looking for something under 500.
Under $500 you're not going to find anything that meets the specs for ProTools 2019 (maybe eek it out if you build your own). PT is professional level software often running on machines that cost many thousands of dollars. If the budget is less than $500, you will need to run an older version of PT or use a different DAW software.
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Under $500 you're not going to find anything that meets the specs for ProTools 2019 (maybe eek it out if you build your own). PT is professional level software often running on machines that cost many thousands of dollars. If the budget is less than $500, you will need to run an older version of PT or use a different DAW software.
What about a used system
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