What should I buy for a MBP / Pro Tools set-up??: Need HELP!

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by kucukbasak, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2008

    I'm on the verge of buying the new 17 inch MBP with the intention of buying an MBox Pro (and the PT LE that comes with it). I want to maximize the efficiency of everything i get.. this will include an external hard drive and anything else that i may need. i live in nashville and i'm going to be taking the producer/audio engineer route and what the best personal system i can get to do professional editing on my comp.

    any suggestions on the specifications of the MBP? Should i go for the SSD? and which options should i select?

    Also, should I do the Mbox Pro with the PT LE? or maybe something else... i know i need pro tools though, it's the industry standard in country music (would PT HD be overkill??)

    Also, what external hard drive should i get?

    is there anything i need to buy that i'm leaving out???

    Any information would be great. I've had a very basic firefox, cubase le setup at home for a while but that's nothing compared to what i'm about to try to do.

    Any suggestions and rules of thumb would really help me out.. I know this is a pretty loaded post... thanks!!
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2006
    Boston, MA
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2003
    First of all, what exactly do you plan to do? Are you going to be recording? Recording what? Mixing?
    If you've got the budget for a SSD, then I would suggest getting a normal internal drive and use that money elsewhere, though I can't make any recommendations without knowing what it is you'll be doing.
    For external drives, I'd stay away from Lacie. Glyph is a very good company with good support. Might want to check them out.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2008
    thanks for replying guys. i was planning on spending just under 4k for the macbook pro 17" with the upgrades except the ssd (yeah i guess it's not worth it.. and only 128 mb.. space is more important).

    i'm going to be recording, starting off simple, singer songwriter stuff, vocals, guitar maybe a midi and eventually as i learn i'm going to get more complex, into bands and heavier mixing. So basically I want a pretty professional system that i can build on as my career moves forward.

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