Macbook Pro 15.4 and Protools questions?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Realfi, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Realfi macrumors newbie

    Realfi

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    This was languishing at the bottom of another similar thread can anyone help?

    I'm about to purchase a Macbook Pro 15.4 to run with my Mbox and I'd really like to hear from anyone who's successfully doing so.

    I'm curious as to whether you're running a firewire drive, how much RAM is on board and how you're going from the point of view of track-counts etc.

    For 002 users...is anyone running>external firewire>oo2 in series?

    People tell me this will work will it?

    I ultimately want to upgrade to a 002 but the 15.4 only has 1 x firewire 400 of course.

    I know a 17" would solve the problem but it's a bit big for my purposes and of course a fair bit more expensive.
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    yes, that does indeed work, though i have the 002 in the middle.
     
  3. cschreppel macrumors regular

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    For most of the time, I'm running the 002 into my PowerMac G4 and recording to a dedicated internal 250GB hard drive and then syncing that drive with my 200GB external FW800/400 drive.

    However, when I'm doing mobile recording with my 002 console, I'm using my 15" TiBook. It's got a 1GHz processor with 1GB RAM. I usually run the PB > drive > 002. If the 002 fails, the drive will still be intact. If the computer fails, it doesn't matter what's connected where...the drive will still crap out :)

    With this system, I've been able to record 12-16 audio tracks (6 drums, bass, 2 guitars, vocals, room mics, etc.) without much difficulty. I just disable any plugins so that I don't max out the CPU.

    However, in your case, you can probably run more plugs while recording than I can on my G4 tower when mixing!

    When I'm mixing on my TiBook, I can usually get 22-26 audio tracks, plus Aux Tracks for effects, plug ins on most tracks, plus automation, etc. It'll start to lag right around 25-28 tracks. With my G4 tower, I can max out the audio track count (32) plus a ton of auxes. I can also get a fair amount of plug-ins on each track without lag. However, when I'm running 4-5 reverbs, CPU heavy mastering compressors, etc., it get a little funky.

    Again, you should be fine.

    I would recommend at least 1GB of RAM and a 160-250GB hard drive. Anything larger than 250GB can be a bit difficult to run unless you partition it. But it's almost a necessity to get a Firewire drive. You never want to record to the system drive.
     

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