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danistyping
Nov 2, 2012, 06:47 PM
Any thoughts, info or tips regarding a 2012 13" macbook pro with Garage Band, Logic Pro, Protools etc...please share. Switching from a 2011 Macbook Pro. DEFINITELY looking forward to no more 2.5" HDD...but is the processor up for recording on a 30 track logic file with effects?

I'm going i7 and use an mBox, for what it's worth.



wilycoder
Nov 2, 2012, 10:30 PM
Any thoughts, info or tips regarding a 2012 13" macbook pro with Garage Band, Logic Pro, Protools etc...please share. Switching from a 2011 Macbook Pro. DEFINITELY looking forward to no more 2.5" HDD...but is the processor up for recording on a 30 track logic file with effects?

I'm going i7 and use an mBox, for what it's worth.

get the 8gb upgrade. if you peg the CPU at 100% in logic just freeze some tracks.

Zeke D
Nov 3, 2012, 09:45 AM
recently my 2008 MBA was upgraded to a 2012 MBA. LP & GB were functional on it, but were not as snappy as my PowerMac G5. GB runs excellent on my new MBA with a 128GB SSD and 4GB ram. I couldn't test LP8 as the installer didn't like the intel CPU.

Miat
Nov 3, 2012, 09:13 PM
Haven't run any of that stuff, but have played with serious music programs before (including notation based).

My guess is that the Air should do it okay, but definitely get the 8GB RAM option.

mikeray
Nov 3, 2012, 11:08 PM
I use Ableton Live on my 2012 Air and it runs great.

danistyping
Nov 4, 2012, 07:43 PM
Ah thanks guys...definitely going with the i7 and 8GB RAM.


Anyone aware if there are any mac-compatible audio interfaces that run on USB 3.0 or thunderbolt? The possibilities, specifically with fixing latency issues, seem pretty cool.

Redbull916
Nov 5, 2012, 08:22 AM
I've got a 2011 i7 with 4GB of ram and Propellorhead Reason 6.5 runs superb.

krravi
Dec 5, 2012, 04:26 PM
Ah thanks guys...definitely going with the i7 and 8GB RAM.


Anyone aware if there are any mac-compatible audio interfaces that run on USB 3.0 or thunderbolt? The possibilities, specifically with fixing latency issues, seem pretty cool.

I am using Cakewalk UA-1G on my iMac which is a USB interface and has a superior bit rate and lot of hardware options.

Main thing I got out of it is that I have SPDIF output and still have volume controls on my iMac :)

I am not sure about USB 3.0, but since the USB port is backward compatible there should not be any issues.

Miat
Dec 5, 2012, 08:36 PM
Ah thanks guys...definitely going with the i7 and 8GB RAM.

Got an update for us on how it worked out? I will probably be helping to set up some music stuff soon, and would like to know how it went with the Air.

Thanks