Apple UK recently profiled Genesis member and Mike and the Mechanics founder Mike Rutherford’s use of a PowerBook G4 in a new article called
Have Titanium, Will Travel.
Rutherford has found that a PowerBook G4 can make an effective mobile studio for recording on the road, when it’s paired with recording software like Cubase VST, special effects products like DSound Stomp’n FX plug-ins, and a USB-based 16-channel line mixer, the Swissonic Studio D.
The Swissonic mixer enables Rutherford to mix multiple keyboards, mics, guitars and other equipment for recording directly on the Mac — a nice change of pace since he was originally using the mixer just to monitor his recordings. But new drivers have reduced latency problems to the point where it’s suitable for recording.
Rutherford said the PowerBook G4-based rig provides quality that’s good enough to use in the studio. More details are available from
Apple UK’s Web site.