The music department of Thames Valley University is almost exclusively Mac based.

"We must have at least 50 Power Mac G5s in the Music Department alone," Senior Lecturer in Music Technology Richard Liggins told Apple. "They are mostly 2GHz machines, with 2GB RAM and dual 250GB hard drives, plus 19-inch TFT displays. We still have some older G4s as well as some newer dual-processor systems – but all of these are set to be upgraded to G5s later in the summer".

All the Macs run both Logic Pro and Digidesign Pro Tools and some also run Cubase. Liggins said: "Logic Pro 7 is a very sophisticated, open-ended package. You have everything you need in one program - audio editing for music, MIDI, synthesizer, sampling. And because all the elements are of such a high quality, the students can do all their assignments in one program."

It wasn't always this way though. When Liggins joined the Music Department he had to fight to work on a Mac. "I already knew the Mac platform was the best one for music from my work in the industry", he told Apple. "This was back in 1993/94 so there were still a lot of Atari systems and 24-track machines out there. MIDI had also come to the fore. But the Mac OS was already more powerful and flexible than anything else available; it didn’t devote half its resources to creative work and half to administering itself, like some computers”.

"It’s crucial that our students get to work on the same systems as the professionals, and that means working on Macs," he said.