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This complete recording bundle comes with everything you need to write, produce, and record your music from start to finish. Includes an Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 with 500GB internal HD and ... Click To Read More About This Product

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  • Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 500GB HDD
  • Avid M-Track Plus USB audio interface and Pro Tools Express recording software
  • ASUS 20-inch LCD computer monitor with 1600x900 resolution
  • Sterling Audio SP50/30 condenser microphone pack
  • Alesis Elevate studio monitors
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AppleThe Complete Recording Studio with Mac Mini (MD387LL/A)

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


If only I had known this before hand....

By Victor Krottner

from Chicago Il/

Comments about Apple The Complete Recording Studio with Mac Mini (MD387LL/A):

OK, So last December I bought this "COMPLETE" recording package because I thought it was "COMPLETE". Boy! Was I ever in for a surprise! I know nothing about home recording so I thought this is all I would need, after all it's "COMPLETE" right? Wrong! The first thing I had to do was to throw away the 4GB of RAM that the Mini came with and buy 16GB Ram (up to $180 more depending on where you get it from.) Then I discovered that the speakers this package shipped with are ok for a toy but in my opinion NOT for a HOME RECORDING STUDIO! I now use Makey MR5 Studio Monitor speakers (about $180 each x 2)because I couldn't hear ANY nuances through the tiny toy speakers they shipped. The cables that shipped with the package I think are second rate as well as I noticed a difference of at least 20% poorer performance with them as compared with top brand stereo cables which cost about $25 each ($50 for two). The Mics that came with the package are in my opinion only 75% good which means that they lose 25% of the nuances, if you think they are good enough then that's good for you but I only used them to test with and tossed them away. I now use a Rode NT1-A (about $229). The M-Audio Plus (professional external sound card)is the only part I liked except for the aggravation of signing up for the Lumlock key which the the M-audio will not play without. Because it ships with a stripped down copy of Pro tools or something you have to license it, I don't use Pro tools (or whatever DAW software it came with so it is a huge inconvenience for me. I bought a full version of Logic Pro software ($200 and a GREAT VALUE if you ask me!)and the textbook that applies to it(about $50 extra at Amazon plus shipping). Recording vocals with Logic Pro (and probably any other DAW) works best only if you have two separate HHD in your computer. It is impossible for ANY HHD to read and write both at the same time! When ever the record buffer is filled the HHD WRITES TO THE HHD! Even with "low latency" enabled I am still getting breaks in the vocal recordings rendering them completely useless. I have purchased a second SSD (Solid State Drive, Samsung 250GB SSD list price about $189.99) so I will have two drives one for reading only and one for writing only but I haven't installed it yet into my "COMPLETE HOME RECORDING STUDIO" so I am recording all my vocals to my TASCAM and then exporting those tracks into Logic Pro. SSD instal kit about $35 including freight from Amazon as Apple doesn't like users opening their Mac Mini's to install a needed second drive in there "COMPLETE HOME RECORDING STUDIO". So far to use their COMPLETE HOME RECORDING STUDIO I have needed an additional Approx $1,044 plus Logic Pro & textbook for a FULL VERSION Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Will it Finally perform as I want it to after I install the second Drive? Stay tuned folks! Instead of buying this "Complete Home Recording Studio" I wish I would have been able to read this review first. Then, I would have bought a Mac with two drives already in it, M-Audio Professional grade external sound card (with out the aggravating "PLUS" nonsense for a partial version DAW which is useless to me)Professional grade Studio Monitor Speakers and professional top grade stereo speaker cables and Professional Mic. I Think I would have been money ahead if I did and would have avoided a whole lot of "Hard Knocks", aggravation and gnashing of teeth if I did even if I did spend more this way. I believe I would have ended up with a much better product. Anyway, That's my review, buy a Mac, M-Audio box, Speakers, wires and cables all top of the line and forget about this "Complete Home Recording Studio" that so far I have spent over $1,000 trying to get to work right.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Nowhere on the box does it say "Starter Package"

By Victor

from Victor Krottner

Comments about Apple The Complete Recording Studio with Mac Mini (MD387LL/A):

It says "Complete" If it had said "Starter Package" on the box I would have passed it by because I know what a starter package is. It's the least of everything and my review is in agreement with the guy who says this is a starter package. Unfortunately, I believed it was "COMPLETE" which does not mean "STARTER". My original review still stands. If you know nothing about Home Recording then my review is that you research the DAW Program that you want to use by watching how it's used on YouTube, Then decide what computer you need to run it (Some DAW's are computer specific) If you pick a DAW that you like and it runs on the computer that you already own then you have just saved yourself a ton of money. Once you have a DAW and computer then all you need is a Professional external sound card (More YouTube Videos as research my friends!) I do like the M-Audio external sound card. Then you need a Mic, Monitor speakers or headphones and all the cables. That is the complete list. DAW, Computer (with second HHD or SSD is best), External sound card, Mic, Monitor speakers (or headphones) and all cables for each item and I strongly suggest buying the top of the line cables for all items as it does make a huge difference in my opinion. I agree this box should say "STARTER PACKAGE" on it to help prevent other people from being stuck with spending all kinds of money trying to bring it up to strength when they could have just bought everything right the first time. And that's my opinion and my review.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


good product

By Donald Hardemon

from Long Beach

Comments about Apple The Complete Recording Studio with Mac Mini (MD387LL/A):

very good product but soft ware is the basics. but if you get the machine mikro wow well to do i really like this studio bundle. knocks out the worries of what hardware to purchase.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Follow up on my original review

By Victor Krottner

from Chicago Il.

Comments about Apple The Complete Recording Studio with Mac Mini (MD387LL/A):

This follow up is aimed at those people like me who know absolutely nothing about home recording. In my original review I said "I should have just bought a Mac with two HHD already installed". I just want to clarify it is the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that determines what type of computer you need to use. There are many fine DAW's which run on PC computers so please don't think you have to automatically buy a Mac to have a Home Recording Studio, this is not true. I researched all the DAW's for months (YouTube video's my friends!)and read reports and chose Logic Pro X and man! am I ever glad I did! Anyway, I just wanted to clarify it's the DAW that determines what computer you need to own and if you want to save money on a home recording studio and you already own a computer you do not have to buy a different one, you just have to use a DAW that will run on your machine. Other than this clarification the rest of my review still stands. Forget this Apple Complete Recording Studio and just buy top of the line External sound card, cables, studio monitor speakers (or headphones or both) and professional mic and you should be fine.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


a starter package

By nahum

from rockville md

Comments about Apple The Complete Recording Studio with Mac Mini (MD387LL/A):

all these other reviews are expecting the best in the world or it seems like that. for 1000 dollars you have everything you need in this package to begin recording. not the best things but it gets the job done. if you know anything about apple computers the mac mini is a powerful machine. this package has thing that are necessary to start a home studio. the tech part of it anyway. the speakers are not very loud. the audio interface does what it is supposed to do. the mouse and keyboard are from the dollar store buy the apple keyboard and magic mouse. for more inputs you should get another audio interface. this package just puts somethings together that you need to start with in one place instead of having to look around to get all the components. its a starter package chill out.

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