we have a Mac / OsX subforum here.
i think such posts were made there in the past.
to Notes vs. the Mac studio vs. GP is this: ( i run a M1macmini myself)
GigPerformer “as such”, runs “on itself” on only one Core !
means: it would not prevent single plugins to run on multi Cores, but on itself is GP limited to run on one core only (per instance)
means for us vs. CPU numbers vs. GP:
We Need Single Core Speed !!!
thats what counts for us here most, - imho by a big margin.
(RAM is another topic that plays a role vs. apple silicon based Macs, true)
An “old” M1mini has not much less single core CPU speed than a Mac studio.
the difference is really minimal ! …but the old M1 ones run way cheaper !
M1mini, as well as the M1macbookair are still good players.
RAM ? true. You can have the old M1 with only up to 16GB of Ram.
i run mine with just 8GB of Ram and have NEVER been short of Ram.
I even run several Audio apllications sometimes at once.
Thats ofcourse up to each user by himself to understand “these numbers” and to “understand” what one needs for one self.
Personally, i´d like to have 16GB or Ram, and might take 32GB or RAM when buying a new mac, while knowing that 16GB of RAM will do for everything i personally do.
personally i don´t use anything sample based, but am well aware that most sample based instruments run their samples based on streaming from disk.
and i am well aware that you can´t compare RAM numbers from an intel based Mac/Windows PC to how a M1mac is dealing with RAM, respectivly with outsourcing to SSD.
I see/find people exaggerating a bit vs. the RAM aspect, coming from other computers other than M1macs.
- …i read here about loading times vs. GP. That seems to be a point, though !
( for who works sample library based)
My point here is clearly this: “not everybody of us has financial ressources at hand, just as wished”. So, maybe keep in mind, that the M1macs are still a very good option, —> aslong the 16GB of Ram is a workable number for you.
also to Notes:
ist been sayed that M2 macs are coming !
its been sayed that these should hit the market end this year.
Some folks also expect a new mini, a M2 based one,…end this year.
It is also “to expect” that the M2 apple silicon core will have more CPU speed per core ( really just an expectation, no leaks on this afaik).
personally, i stopped all lust to upgrade to a studio
( i´m running out of SSD space and NEED to upgrade / i also want to have more RAM)
But i will definitly wait for the M2 macs to hit the street. Especially a new M2mini / not interested in laptops myself for music making.
so my points “versus” the Macstudio:
- the single core CPU speed is just very slightly better on the studio vs, M1
- a M2 is coming…
- if 16GB of Ram is doing it, is the M1 just the way better deal, …vs. GP4 uses alone
- some folks NEED to juggle with $ numbers…M1s also 2nd hand available i´d guess.
sorry, not possible to say my thing in just 2-3 sentences