Ignorant newbie needs some laptop advice

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Rufus33, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008
    Here's what I have:
    M-Audio Fast Track USB
    Session Program

    Digidesign Mini M-Box
    Pro Tools LE 7.1

    I want a laptop to record my vocals and guitar and be able to take a "mobil studio" to wherever I am going. Eventually as I learn more, I may want to record drums, bass, guitar, etc. I have spent a good 2 years recording on my own and collaborating via the net through the M-Audio Sessions program (I know it's basic).

    I bought a bundle last year with Pro Tools LE 7.1 and the Didigdesign mini M-Box which I have had sitting for a year until I could afford a laptop. Now I am ready for the laptop and want to start tinkering with the ProTools program. I also have a 500gb external hard drive to dump to. What laptop would you recommend and what specifications should I consider (RAM, GB, Khz, etc)? I will pretty much only use it for music making and internet access.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2008
    Vancouver, BC & Sydney, NSW
    Based on what you've said there I'd recommend the unibody MB w/ as much RAM as you can squeeze into it. You didn't specify what your external HD is, FW or USB. I assume its USB.

    If its FW then you'll have to consider a Pro or get the white MB if you want a new portable rig.

    Anyways, the MB is the most bang for the buck and easily meets your requirements.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008
    Thanks MowingDevil. I appreciate it!!!:)
  4. macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2008
    Basingstoke, UK
    A word of warning...

    Alot of Digidesign Mbox Users, including myself, are having serious problems with the core audio drivers for OS X Leopard.

    Problems include core audio applications like iTunes, etc crashing and hanging and causing kernel panics.

    For more information see Digidesigns forums...


    This problem has been going on for more than a year now, and digidesign have responded only by saying a core audio update in early 2009 should fix the problem, not very reassuring!

  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008
    Ooooh...I guess I will be crossing my fingers then because last night I just bought the 2GB 15.4" Macbook Pro to use with my USB ported program(s). Any other words of wisdom besides the thread from Sammio (Thanks!). I guess I'm hoping the a 2008 version may work better. Am I wishful thinking?

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