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Average rating: 6.5/10 out of 10

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Sam a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Hi people. Could people give me some opinions based on experience on whether the m-box/pro tools LE would run on an 800Mhz, 256mb RAM iBook.

I have heard many good things...

posted Wednesday, 14-Jan-04 at 19:13
chase a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I had issues from day 1. Not to say the MBox doesn't deliver what they claim. Just that I happened to get the one with a defective ProTools LE 6.1 (for Win XP) CD. Once I got a good CD, ProTools LE 6.1 proceeded to consume 100% of the CPU on my Thinkpad regardless of all the (registry, memory) tweaks I did. So I returned it and am looking at a Tascam US-122 or a digital mixer like the BOSS BR1180CD. Everyone else rates the MBox (and ProTools LE) high so I think my experience is the exception.

posted Wednesday, 14-Jan-04 at 13:9
JD a hobbyist user from USA writes:
THANKS FOR THE INFO ON THE COMPUTER SIDE.... I AM JUST NOW REALIZING THERE ARE VARRIOUS SETUPS THAT MAY BE NEEDED, TO DO WHAT I WANTED TO DO. I HAD JUST ABOUT DECIDED ON DIGI 001 BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE BAD PRESS READ ON THE MBOX.. THEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS ABOUT 500 MORE THAN I WANTED TO SPEND. ALSO, LOOKS TO BE OUT OF PRODUCTION, HARD TO FIND. HOWEVER, ALLOT OF GOD THINGS HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT DIGI 001. THE COMMENTS ON STAYING WITH ANYTHING THAT ALLOWS YOU TO WORK IN PRO TOOLS FORMAT SEEMS TO BE A SMART CHOICE. (COMMENTS)?

I AM SURE IT COULD PROVIDE MORE THAN I WILL EVER NEED. TO SHOW MY IGNORANCE, I DIDNT REALY UNDERSTAND THAT I WOULD NEED A KEYBOARD OR KEYBOARD CONTROLLER UNTILL I STARTED LOOKING INTO THE DIFFERENT SETUPS. IF I WAS ONLY INTERESTED IN CREATING WITH THE INTERNAL MIDI'S I COULD WITHOUT A KEYBOARD RIGHT? AS I UNDERSTAND IT, TO JUST WORK WITHIN THE PROGRAM AND MIX AND EDIT, I COULD USE A SIMPLE SET-UP LIKE :

A.) COMPUTER ( WIN XP), SOFTWARE (PROPELLERHEAD REASON, ABLETON, LIVE,CUBASE SL, SONIC FOUNDREYS SOUND FORGE, ** OR ** A SIMILAR SETUP BUT WITH THE ADDITION OF SOME KIND OF INTERFACE TO GET SOUND INTO THE COMPUTER, LIKE THIS : B.) COMPUTER (WIN XP), KEYBOARD (OPTION), INTERFACE (MBOX,M-AUDIO FIREWIRE 410, MACKIE-XD2, ETC. ) SOFTWARE (SUPPLIED WITH MOST INTERFACES). IS THIS CORRECT ???

CONSIDERING THAT I AM MORE INTERESTED IN CREATING MUSIC WITH MIDI'S WITHIN EXISTING PROGRAMS, NOT PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT, AND THE FACT THAT WITHOUT A INTERFACE, VOCALS COULD NOT BE IMPOTED INTO THE COMPUTER ( OR ANYTHING ELSE!) I BELIEVE SOME SORT OF INTERFACE WOULD BE NEEDED, IF FOR NOTHING ELS BUT VOCALS, AND IF THE INTERFACE COMES WITH ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR FORMATS IN THE INDUSTRY IN PRO TOOLS FORMAT, AND I COULD GET THE INTERFACE AND THE SOFTWARE FOR UNDER 500....I WOULDBE A FOOL NOT TO GO WITH THAT SET UP... I STILL COULD DO THIS WITHOUT A KEYBOARD RIGHT, COULD PICK ON UP LATER ANYWAY...COMMENTS PLEASE! THNAKS ALL !! PCOLA OUT!

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 02-Jan-04 at 22:9
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mac is good but time has changed it,ibook's 256kb cache just too little for hdr i think.new g4 ibook is ok but still stuck at 256kb cache.many new pc notebook today is fast enough to run protools.no matter centrino or p4m cpu,they're all ok,but just check the compatibility chart on teir site first b4 u invest on ur new puters.dell 8600 and 600m is the verified ones.desktop pc is ok too but u must unable the hyper-threading function b4 u run protools,and buy the fastest machine as u could,i think today p4 2.8ghz w/ 800mhz fsb is the most reasonable machine.max it up to 1gb ram,2x 80gb hd(one for audio and one for system/programs),and a cdrw or dvd-rw(its cheap now),then u will have a stable and powerful daw.finally,u must buy a intel 876/875chipset motherboard-machine then u will stay away from troubles.

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Thursday, 01-Jan-04 at 2:57
JD a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I AM BUILDING A WINDOWS XP BASED SYSTEM AND AM LOOKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS ON SOFT AND HARDWARE TO DO SOME DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION WITH MAINLY MIDI FILES WORKING WITH A "STUDIO IN A BOX" TYPE SETUP. LOOKING FOR RECOMENDATIONS ! COMMENTS ! BEST SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR MY PC? THANKS...PCOLA OUT !

posted Wednesday, 31-Dec-03 at 16:35
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