best machine for Logic?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by redwing, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    Today, april 28, Apple released new Imacs. the top end has a 3.06 ghz processor, 500 gb hard drive, 2 gigs ram and decent video card. Would this machine be better than a quad core 2.8 ghz Mac Pro (2008 ver)? What are the advantages of the Pro model over the Imac for programs like Logic?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    I'm no expert or anything, but I'd say it depends on how heavy of a user you are...My Macbook SR 2.0Ghz C2d with 4GB of RAM runs Logic Express perfectly, and I don't have any issues. Obviously, if you need to do heavier work, a Macbook isn't going to cut it...I'd say if you plan on doing heavy audio work as your main work for a long time, go for the Mac Pro, if you can't justify the cost, get the sure looks like a sweet deal now with the upgrade.

    Good luck!

    By the way, I've noticed my RAM has more to do with the Logic performance than my processor, but, I also don't do really heavy work...It barely taxes one of my cores more than like 30%, ever.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2002
    Western Spiral
    As Ziggy said, if you're not doing heavy work then any current Mac will do the trick. However if you're recording lots of simultaneous tracks, I'd go with a Macbook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro. Any of those should have more than enough power.

    I've been recording to my 2GHz Macbook (pre-Santa Rosa) and it's been great, but I only record two tracks at a time.
  4. macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    recording takes up little system resources, like CPU and RAM. all you need is a fast, dedicated drive for that. the more powerful systems are needed for CPU/RAM intensive operations like plug-ins and virtual instruments.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2002
    Western Spiral
    Agreed, which is why I excluded the Macbook - it only has a single firewire port and for those of us who use a firewire interface, that leaves no free bus for a dedicated drive, at least not a designated firewire (preferable) drive.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
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