Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: Software for composing and recording on mac?
I'm pretty sure you can do everything you are asking the Mac to do in the latest version of Garageband - it is a surprisingly powerful program in its current form - and while people seem to enjoy bagging it, there are artists out there releasing albums created almost totally in Garageband.
I use a MacBookPro running ProTools LE and a Digi003 rack interface - I can't recommend this system highly enough - both the quality of the software and hardware is unbeatable for the price - the other HUGE advantage of ProTools LE is that it is almost totally compatible with ProTools HD, which means if you want to record drums in a great studio, or do your mixing in a fantastic mixing environment with JBL monitors the size of apartment blocks, you can transfer your files from your Mac to their inhouse system, and they will play in ProTools pretty much exactly as they do in your home environment - that alone is worth using ProTools for (given the almost 100% installed base of ProTools in professional recording suites).
Having said the above, if I want to get an idea down on disc before I forget it, I do all the sketching in Garageband because it is so quick and easy - if the idea has legs, I can import the results into ProTools and keep working.