: Simplest Garage Band set-up

May 12th, 2004, 03:29 PM
One of my best friends called me to say that he wants to get a Mac after he read about GB. Just wants something strong enough to get that working, for the littlest cost.

I was thinking of a G4 tower (1st gen) with a 7200 HD.

What is the feedback on GB operation?? spex wise?? I just don't want his system to stutter too much... Will he be fine with a hot HD and lots of RAM??


May 12th, 2004, 03:38 PM
All reports I've read, and judging by my own experiences, GarageBand likes LOTS of horsepower! The more tracks one adds, the more system resources required to keep it happy. I wouldn't recommend anything less than 800MHz of processor power if the intention is to create songs with more than 6 or 8 tracks (which is pretty easy to tally up).

May 12th, 2004, 03:48 PM
From Apple's iLife Page:

600MHz G3 or faster required for GarageBand
G4 or faster required for GarageBand software instruments

Personally I'd recommend an eMac. They start at $1049 for a 1.25 GHz G4, 256 MB RAM with Combo Drive.

A first generation G4 would come with a DVD-ROM only, which kind of sucks.

May 12th, 2004, 03:52 PM
I say go for an eMac as well. I had a G4/400 with a gig of RAM. It could barely run GB with multiple tracks.

May 12th, 2004, 04:12 PM
I also think that the new eMac is the way to go.

For GB he would ideally need a minimum of a 533 dual/733 single processor.

They would probably be just a bit cheaper, if not more expensive than a brand new eMac, which comes with warranty, and on top of that is quite a bit faster.

May 12th, 2004, 11:38 PM
For all of those that I rec'd the eMac - I mentioned the same as well, as I did recall reading some posts somewhere about GB being pretty selfish with the cpu power. My boy wanted to see if there was something a touch less expensive. I will keep my eyes peeled, but I do like the eMac a ton.