Just out of curiosity...
What are everyones thoughts on protools?
I didnt see that named dropped in here. And it seems like less people are using it these days.
Am I wrong?
personally, I've never used protools; while it and wave are the 'industry standards,' Protools locks you in with proprietary equipment, and pre-approved plugins at times. I shy away from that (Weird, as I use a mac to record, which is like the digidesign of computers!!!)
Not trying to bash pc's here, but get a mac. Preferably a Macbook Pro. Pc's have WAY too many variations among manufacturers and parts, so you may be spending lots of time just trying to get hardware interfaces and midi stuff trying to just WORK with your computer. now, if you were getting a desktop, that would be different, as you could better control the components in your machine, but I digress... Most major recording gear and software works with macs, and as macs come in usually one way, with one specific set of parts, Mac drivers and support for them is much easier.
think of it like this; while a pc laptop may be inexpensive, you'll lose valuable recording time messing with drivers if you're unlucky, and you'll have to be more cautious about security and feature updates from both windows and software manufacturers. With a Mac, it's generally made for the hardware in it, seein as apple gets parts from no more than 2 vendors for a certain item in their machines. much easier to make drivers for.
same with the protools above; most sequencers are equally useable- the biggest difference nowadays is the power behind the built in plugins and loops, and how much you get, both of which are usually not something to write home about. essentially then you are paying for ease of use and familiarity with the thing, looks.
I chose to use Apple's Logic 8 because the box was hefty, and it was made for my machine. little/no compatibility issues. I also run komplete 5 and sonar Cakewalk from time to time if needed.