It would be a really useful idea if you posted the details of your equipment. ie Processor speed etc so people can get a feel for performance. Also any comments on where you ran into bottlenecks if any.
Thanks we are doing our testing as well but of course we have a limited number of machines so we are looking for performance evaluations on various models and whre the bottlenecks are.
IE would more RAM benefit or a faster drive or????
This is a hot ticket for Apple and the Mac community. We appreciate input and insight.
I just got GB yesterday and on my stock 15" Powerbook (4200rpm, 512mb ram) have run into no snags so far performance has been great. I've only been recording usually 8-10 tracks of guitar with some drum loops using the line-out of my amp through a 1/4-1/8" adapter to the line-in of the Powerbook. At first there was lots of noise and feedback but once I turned the volume way down the signal was much better than I expected and was able to produce some great tones with the built-in effects and amps.
It's the new 1.25ghz with 512k L2 cache. The songs are usually 2-3 minutes with no software instruments and 1-2 effects on each guitar track (2-3 rhythm, 1 lead, and a couple that are just fills that come in after the verses, chorus, and bridge).
Here's a little sketch I recorded using GarageBand on my 12" PowerBook 867 MHz, 640 MB, using the built-in harddrive. Connected is an Edirol UM-1SX to a Yamaha YPP-55 keyboard. The only "performance issue" I can see is the scrolling becomes a little choppy sometimes.
It's great how multi-threaded it is. It can be playing tracks you've already laid down, and meanwhile you browse through the software instrument list, playing each one along with the loops to try it out.
You can make your own loops within the song using MIDI. Just record a few bars, hover mouse over lower right edge till it shows a 'refresh' icon and then drag the edge to the right - it repeats.
Anyway, here's what was left after I fooled around for a while. Epilogue 1
If you get an error clicking on the link, put your mouse in the address bar and hit enter, it should show up then.