Apple Complete Mac mini Recording Studio 2011  

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There' no better holiday gift for any musician than a recording system. Especially a recording system such as the Complete Mac mini Recording Studio 2011. It includes absolutely everything you need to set up and start recording your music immediately. This system is geared around the latest Mac Mini computer and includes keyboard, mouse, an ultra-slim, widescreen 20 monitor, USB audio interface, microphone, headphones, even a tripod mic stand and all necessary cables.

Included hardware:
¢ Mac Mini - 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 with 500GB internal HD and 2GB RAM with MacAlly keyboard and mouse
¢ Asus VS208N - 20 ultra-slim high-contrast LED monitor 1600x900 resolution
¢ Avid Recording Studio, including M-Audio Fast Track II USB audio interface
¢ Tascam TM-78 condenser microphone with cable and tripod
¢ Tascam HD-VT1 studio headphones

Included software
¢ Tunecore
¢ Big Fish Audio
¢ Sonivox
¢ Garageband
¢ Pro Tools SE
¢ Cubase 6 Elements
¢ Presonus Studio One Artist version 2
¢ Bias Peak Express 7
¢ Waves AudioTrack
¢ Toontrack EZmix
¢ iZotope Ozone 4
¢ BBE D82 LE plug-in
¢ Ik Multimedia T-Racks 3
¢ Focusrite Scarlett Compressor
¢ Antares AutoTune EFX
¢ Antares Punch Evo
¢ Melodyne Essential
¢ Native Instruments
¢ Komplete Elements
¢ Arturia Analog Factory Hip Hop Edition
¢ Steven Slate Drums GC3
¢ Sugar Bytes WOW Filter Box
¢ Lexicon MPX-L Reverb
¢ Music Lab Real Strat LE
¢ Softube Spring Reverb

Special added values
¢ Sonivox - $100 online voucher
¢ Tunecore “ One free year ($50 album voucher)
¢ Big Fish Audio - $50 online voucher
¢ Macprovideo.com - $50 online library voucher

Features
  • Mac Mini - 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 with 500GB internal HD and 2GB RAM with MacAlly keyboard and mouse
  • Asus VS208N - 20 ultra-slim high-contrast LED monitor 1600x900 resolution
  • Avid Recording Studio, including M-Audio Fast Track II USB audio interface
  • Tascam recording microphone, cable, tripod and studio headphones
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AppleComplete Mac mini Recording Studio 2011
 
4.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great little computer, frustrations

By Jeremy Allison

from springfield, mi

Comments about Apple Complete Mac mini Recording Studio 2011:

yeah i hate to sound like a broken record but the other reviewers are right. the mac mini is great. the keyboard is ok, the mouse is pretty much a step above garbage. the monitor looks great. the interface sounds good. and the microphone seems to be alright. the software you ask? well like 5 of the programs require an ilok as previously mentioned which is a load of bs if you ask me. if it's required to use the software it should come with the package. i've found various other headaches with a few other software titles that were included. errors, delays, read/write priviledges etc etc. they should've left a few of the headaches out and upgraded the mouse and included an ilok.... still fairly happy with my purchase.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Agree With Other Reviews, But Still 5 Stars

By Jacob Piccioni

from Elizabethtown, PA

Comments about Apple Complete Mac mini Recording Studio 2011:

When the others say it takes a long time to download everything, they are not joking. Still, I think this deserves 5 stars. The amount of stuff you get makes the time installing it worth it. BUT. As the one other reviewer said, you need an iLok for some of the software (such as Autotune). All in all though this deal is definitely a steal, and as far as the keyboard and mouse go, yes they are cheap but they are as sturdy as any keyboard you need unless you're extremely picky.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Echoing the Previous Review "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is..."

By Akea Williams

from Southeast, TX

Comments about Apple Complete Mac mini Recording Studio 2011:

I 100% concur with the previous review. I would like to reiterate that it takes a LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG TIME to download, install, and activate all of the software. Take note that you also have to purchase a $50 ilok usb dongle to license some of the software. That ticked me off. I will not go into detail here, you can learn more at ilok's website. It has taken me two weeks to install everything (in between caring for my two toddlers under age 3). After successfully installing and/or activating 20+ programs, I still have not heard back from Slate Digital Steven Slate Drums 4.0 on how exactly to install their software. HEADACHE is a total understatement. Other than that I am pleased with the package. I'm a total newbie to recording music, so I can't really comment on that. I LOOOOOVE the mac mini, though. This is my first mac. I didn't realize I was getting an actual computer. Oh, and yea, the keyboard and mouse are totally cheap, lol.

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...

By Jay Fulton

from Kutztown, PA

Comments about Apple Complete Mac mini Recording Studio 2011:

I was probably one of the first people to catch on to this product and I thought to myself, this comes with some amazing features. It must be at least decent. Well there's some obvious pros and cons with this package deal. First off, don't let anyone in the store tell you that the computer comes pre-packaged with all of the programs loaded on it. That's how they sold me on the idea of purchasing it. You WILL have to load each individual program onto the computer, and it WILL take a long time. So here's a list of the pros and cons: PROS: -The mac mini is a great computer, and if you've been looking to get a mac for a while, this will get you that and a bunch of other useful things. -Even though the screen is an asus, it runs beautifully with the mac, and it looks beautiful - The keyboard and the mouse are a little plastic-y, but overall sturdy for your purposes. Can easily be upgraded later -Comes with an artist suite of Presonus Studio One 2, a decent DAW for any musician -OSX Lion is AWESOME -There is a LOT of stuff that comes with this package, and for the money spent, you do get quite a bit of things to fool with. -M-audio interface is very easy to use and works with a variety of programs. CONS: -Nothing is pre loaded on the computer so you will take hours, and I mean hours making sure that every one of the programs and effects are loaded up. And on top of that, since the mac mini lacks a disc drive, you have to load everything from the internet, so you better have a fast connection. -Multiple cards provided, including Kontakt Elements do not work or the serial numbers were wrong, despite several attempts at trying to get them to function -Microphone and headphones are of so-so quality, which is to be expected I suppose THE BOTTOM LINE: There's a lot about this package that works. And a lot that doesn't. Don't expect the world from this package, the only real deal that you're getting is the mac mini. The programs are okay, but really this is about the computer. And it's good for getting you off your feet as far as music production/composition goes.

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