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You know, I agree with few things as wholeheartedly as with what FC said. I would only add that there are mysteries that unravel and good things that can happen when you get to know what you have and how to use it thoroughly.
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 08, 2009 | 5:14 pm
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Henno wrote:
you gotta go for intel mac mini


osx has 10.6 makes old ppc obselescent


I would second this. It will also be easier to find software and other audio equipment that works with it.
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 09, 2009 | 8:08 am
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I pulled the trigger and bought a new Mac Mini
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB memory
160GB hard drive

I am still moving into it and havent yet spent any time with GB, but I plan to spend a few evenings this week exploring.

So far I am kicking myself for not buying one of these years ago.
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 27, 2009 | 12:44 pm
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Congratulations!
I'm sure that you'll enjoy it.
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 27, 2009 | 12:54 pm
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Coooooool!
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 27, 2009 | 1:24 pm
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Congratulations, welcome to the star of your new computing life!
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 27, 2009 | 2:12 pm
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I also still have a G4 (tower) and it runs beautifully, if more slowly, than my newer macs. The G4 is a great machine and built to last. Smile
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 27, 2009 | 6:20 pm
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I still use my Powerbook G4 and have produced great quality music with it. I have since upgraded to an intel iMac so i could use the neewer versions of Logic Pro, GB, and video editing software. A G4 will work fine, but if you want to use the latest Mac versions of GB or you plan to lay down a ton of tracks or do live simultaneous tracks, you should go with a better processor. Using the G4 based Mac, you'll just have to lock (Bounce to disk) your completed tracks so you can keep tracking. Some G4's like mine have Firewire 400 & 800 ports. Just plug in your audio interface and launch GB and you're good to go.
Artist Page Send Message Dec 15, 2009 | 2:42 am
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Buy a refurbished one from the apple store .. cleaned with warranty .. up to 20% discount, its as good as new and takes any worry away from buying second hand.

Edit : oops .. dint see you'd already bought one .. have fun ! Very Happy
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Artist Page Send Message Dec 15, 2009 | 4:00 am
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Don't buy a G4. Old technology. Not upgrade-able. You will regret it.
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Since the original post was 3 years ago, he's probably upgraded to an Intel.
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Artist Page Send Message Oct 30, 2012 | 7:54 am
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I posted above that I bought a Mac Mini. It did not last a full year before i had returned it 5 times for service. The new at the time 2010 Mac Mini they replaced it with has run like a champ and met my Garage Band needs quite well since then. Smile
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