Black MacBook for recording.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by PhaserFuzz, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
    Hello, I was wondering how well a BlackBook could handle recording tasks using the Logic software? I plan on getting a Firewire interface as well. Would latency be an issue with this setup? I'm gonna toss in 4 gigs of ram also.

  2. macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2007
    I'm interested in this also, as I'm on the fence about a refurb 2.2 santa-rosa MBP or a refurb SR blackbook.

    I read some alarming things about the firewire chip used in recent apple laptops though :(
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2007
    Boy, I don't know. I've got a mid-range white MacBook and even Garageband tests its limits. If I were you, I would go with the MBP.
  4. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've been running...

    InDesign CS, GB, Illustrator CS, Photoshop CS, Final Cut Pro HD, iMovie and iDVD on my MB 2.16 and I'll be doing the same on my MB 2.4 250GB starting this weekend. The key has been having an external HD to keep all my media/graphics projects off my MB. I'm also considering Aperture 2 and Final Cut Express in the very near future. :cool:
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2008
    UK? Yeah I'm OK. Stop asking.
    sounds like something is wrong because i can run garageband on a 1.33 powerbook no problem at all.
  6. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    In terms of running Logic the Apple store has Logic installed on specific machines such as the Mac Pro, iMac and MBP. The Macbooks do not have any recording software on the except Garageband which does work well. I would look at the fact that since Logic is demo'd at the Apple store on only Macs with a dedicated GPU one would think it doesn't run well on a Macbook.

    Here are Logic's system requirements although I would recommend dropping by an Apple store and asking them.

    Attached Files:

  7. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Good to know...

    thanks HLdan! :cool:
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
    Looking at that, a MacBook should have no problems at all. I doubt a graphics card makes a difference for recording. Thanks for help guys.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    2.16 MPB with 2 gigs of ram. recording in Pro tools or logic, roughly 6-8 tracks at a time with no problems whatsoever.

    2.4 MB (black ;) ) 2 gigs of ram, same.... you shouldnt have any problems.. these programs have been around for a loooong loooong time. its just about having a system thats optimized, read the manuals, turn off the features they ask you to. turning off spotlight, dashboard, spaces and all that will help A lot.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2007
    yeah i'm the same I think it depends on amount of tracks and effects ect you have on but really I don't see any latency issues ect.i used to use it on a g4 powerbook with no problems at all.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    Sydney, AU
    Bumping cause this is what I'm trying to find out too...

    Does having only one firewire port cause problems when recording/using an external sound card?

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