Yeah, I get the PC thing - I went mac years ago as I’m also a graphic designer and seems to suit me for that, but even Adobe Suite works great or better on a PC. I’m toying with doing something bigger and better. I’m on what I considered to be a pretty decent mac mini set up with solid state internal HD and good external drives too, decent amount of ram and didn’t expect to run into system performance issues so readily. I considered buying the M1 chip mac mini but decided to wait until the plug in world caught up with big Sur etc so went with a more decent spec older mini instead in the interim.
So eventually going to go all out on either top spec PC or M1. I like logic and am used to it, but it’s not vital as plug-ins rule. Would be interested to know how people get on with system performance on other platforms.
Typically I’ll run a lot of EW VST instruments, some synths such as DS Thorn and Alchemy and 2 or 3 guitar tracks with amp sims. Get to mix down with adding an SSL strip on most channels, plus compressors, saturation, reverbs (chromaverb for example is great but stops me dead - even when economising my bus routes!) etc… then pile up the master bus with normally Abbey Road mastering, limiters etc and I’m starting to struggle. If I’m doing a song with a load of double tracks and harmonies, then I really start to struggle with bouncing and freezing. Ultimately the CPU is being pushed more than the HD but sometimes gets close and when both are stretched it becomes a nightmare to work with.