Using a Mac as an effects pedal?

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
I tried looking this up but am still confused and skeptical.



Is it realistic to plan on using a Mac to apply heavy, complex software effects to vocals and guitars live, or is latency a problem? What's the bottleneck for getting near-zero (say a very few ms that are unperceptible) latency--is it the audio interface, the processor, the FSB, the memory, ...?



We have yet to buy an audio interface and a Mac .

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    loulou Posts: 43member
    It should be fine, considering Macs are used in professional studios. I'd say to look for a decent firewire interface and maybe something like Ableton live. However JACK maybe be very interesting too (software-wise). The processor will be a bottleneck for applying effects themselves, but somehting like the low end macbook will more than cope, considering what digital multi fx units do . However for latency it'll be the proc and interface. Good luck with it all.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lou View Post


    It should be fine, considering Macs are used in professional studios. I'd say to look for a decent firewire interface and maybe something like Ableton live. However JACK maybe be very interesting too (software-wise). The processor will be a bottleneck for applying effects themselves, but somehting like the low end macbook will more than cope, considering what digital multi fx units do . However for latency it'll be the proc and interface. Good luck with it all.



    Great, thanks!



    I find it nothing short of freaking awesome that you can use a MacBook as a very rich and complex effects pedal
  • Reply 3 of 5
    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lou View Post


    It should be fine, considering Macs are used in professional studios. I'd say to look for a decent firewire interface and maybe something like Ableton live. However JACK maybe be very interesting too (software-wise). The processor will be a bottleneck for applying effects themselves, but somehting like the low end macbook will more than cope, considering what digital multi fx units do . However for latency it'll be the proc and interface. Good luck with it all.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DoctorRobert View Post


    Great, thanks!



    I find it nothing short of freaking awesome that you can use a MacBook as a very rich and complex effects pedal



    Word. Get an M-Audio Firewire400 Audio/Midi interface. Should be pretty decent, and all these are advertised as "zero-latency". And they generally do live up to the name. Also, routing in and out of the latest version of Ableton live should be virtually zero-latency too.



    I suggest do some research now, wait for WWDC/ end of June to see what the new MacBookPros have on offer. A MacBook with 2GB RAM and M-Audio FW400 Interface + Ableton Live/ Reason/ etc. should be pretty solid too.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post


    Word. Get an M-Audio Firewire400 Audio/Midi interface. Should be pretty decent, and all these are advertised as "zero-latency". And they generally do live up to the name. Also, routing in and out of the latest version of Ableton live should be virtually zero-latency too.



    I suggest do some research now, wait for WWDC/ end of June to see what the new MacBookPros have on offer. A MacBook with 2GB RAM and M-Audio FW400 Interface + Ableton Live/ Reason/ etc. should be pretty solid too.



    Thanks for the pointers. Yeah, in anticipation I've considered the whole friggin Mac range (really, I've seriously considered an iMac, a mini, a MacBook, a Mac Pro, and a MacBook Pro), and now it's just waiting a few days to see what bringeth the 'WDC. I'm also waiting for anything about Logic Pro/Express 8--even the most credless rumor'll do!
  • Reply 5 of 5
    I would love to see someone make a pedal hardware kit for a Mac...



    That would be fookin' excellent!!!!



    Inspiring thread actually, and thinking about it when I saw Tortoise in London last year I could see that a 12" PowerBook played a big part of the overall sound.



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