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Markus Krause

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Do you recommend Apple or PC?
« on: September 22, 2021, 07:02:05 PM »
We got over 20 years of experience in native development of VST2, VST3 and AU plugins. Please note that we're an independent company that doesn't get paid by Apple, Microsoft, Intel or AMD or anyone else to promote stuff.
All our licenses are cross-platform. So we don't care if you use a Mac or a PC or what CPU you use. It's completely your own decision. We're just giving a recommendation and are trying to clear some things up.

Q: What CPUs do you recommend for music-production?
A: We recommend AMD Ryzen or Intel CPUs. They offer outstanding floating-point performance which is essential for audio-production.

Q: Should I migrate from Mac to PC?
A: If you're working in an professional environment we recommend to migrate from Mac to PC. Our experience has shown that Apple's MacOS updates frequently break the compatibility with hard- and software. As a result your expensive hardware or your plugins might not longer work with the next MacOS update.
Apple also does not fix critical existing problems like the AudioUnit validation (AUVal for registering AudioUnits in Logic is broken since 2018).
If you don't use an Apple-specific DAW like Logic the migration to PC is very easy, since your workflow will remain the same.
Please keep in mind: All our licenses are cross-platform, so we don't care at all if you use a Mac or a PC. We're not 'Apple-haters' - this is just our recommendation as professional software developers.

Q: Should I migrate from PC to Mac?
A: No, we do not recommend this. Windows 10 and 11 are very secure, fast and relieable operating systems. Apart from this PC hardware is a lot cheaper than MACs - which are essentialy the same hardware just sold for a much higher price.
Please keep in mind: All our licenses are cross-platform, so we don't care at all if you use a Mac or a PC. We're not 'Apple-haters' - this is just our recommendation as professional software developers.

Q: What's the advantage of a PC compared to a Mac?
A: It's modular, it's cheaper and it's faster. There is also more software available than on the Mac. When a new Windows-version is released you can expect that your expensive hard- and software will continue to work.

Q: Do you recommend buying a laptop or a desktop PC?
A: If you're working in an professional environment we recommend buying a desktop-PC, since is modular. You can easily extend it with the hardware you like. There is a huge variety of outstanding soundcards, SSDs and graphic-cards available. Apart from this you can use it for office-work and computer-games. You also can re-use the hardware when you should buy a new one.

Q: What's the disadvantage of a PC compared to a Mac?
A: The Mac is more beginner-friendly and more secure (because it has more restrictions).


Apple specific:

Q: Should I buy an Intel or a M1 Mac?
A: If you're working in an professional environment we currently recommend buying an Intel Mac or migrating to PC.

Q: Is Apple's M1 chipset faster than an Intel Mac or a PC?
A: No. It's just more energy-efficient, but not faster than current AMD / Intel CPUs. The M1 is a low-cost chipset mainly designed for laptops. When reading Apple's marketing texts please keep in mind that Apple has a bigger profit margin by selling computers with M1 chipsets ;-)

Q: Does a native plugin version for Apple's M1 give a performance boost compared to a version that runs under Rosetta2?
A: Apple did a fantastic job with Rosetta2. Our measurements showed only a performance boost around 10% for native M1 versions. As a result you do not have to care about it from the customer's perspective.

Q: Will you proide native M1 version of your plugins?
A: A part of our plugins is already available as a native version for M1. We plan to provide native M1 versions when it is really necessary and when it really makes sense from the technical side.

Q: Does Apple's Rosetta2 work properly?
A: We were surprised how well Rosetta2 works. There were no issues at all with our plugins.

Q: Will Rosetta2 be abadoned by Apple?
A: Unlike with Rosetta1 Apple does not have to pay licensing fees to another company. Apple owns the technology. As a result we do not expect that Rosetta2 will be dropped at all or that it will happen as quickly as Rosetta1. All your software that currently works will continue to work for a very long time. As a result you do not have to care about it from the customer's perspective.








 
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