16” MacBook Pro is strong enough for music production?

Rokach

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Nov 22, 2013
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Hi,
The new 16" MacBook pro is strong enough for 96/88.2Khz with 150-250 tracks (include bus/aux) with Omnisphere/Alchemy synths and a lot of plugins?
The fans not make too much noise when recording?

MacBook Pro Specs:
2.4GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory

Today I'm using Hackintosh with i5-4460 and 16GB RAM on drop/chorus I got "system over load" message (48KHZ)

I’m undecided if buy MacBook Pro 16” or wait to new Mac Mini
 

XNorth

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Feb 23, 2018
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The MPB 16 i9 with 32GB will outperform your i5 Hack. Apple stated on their website that the MBP 16 was tested with 253 tracks:

"Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9-based 16-inch MacBook Pro systems with 64GB of RAM....Tested using Logic Pro X 10.4.7 with project consisting of 253 tracks, each with an Amp Designer plug-in instance applied. Individual tracks were enabled during playback until CPU became overloaded. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of MacBook Pro."

This guy tested the MBP 16 for music production with with 120 tracks:

 

Rokach

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Original poster
Nov 22, 2013
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The MPB 16 i9 with 32GB will outperform your i5 Hack. Apple stated on their website that the MBP 16 was tested with 253 tracks:

"Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9-based 16-inch MacBook Pro systems with 64GB of RAM....Tested using Logic Pro X 10.4.7 with project consisting of 253 tracks, each with an Amp Designer plug-in instance applied. Individual tracks were enabled during playback until CPU became overloaded. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of MacBook Pro."

This guy tested the MBP 16 for music production with with 120 tracks:

I saw this video but in this video is not talk about fans at recording live instruments.
 

XNorth

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Feb 23, 2018
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In the video he says there is no fan noise with 123 tracks. Fans on any Mac will get loud when the workload gets to a certain point. It's unavoidable and it's normal.

Studios usually set up their recording microphone away and isolated from their workstation, so noise is not an issue.
 
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jerryk

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I saw this video but in this video is not talk about fans at recording live instruments.
Use a sound booth or closet, or even a portable sound wall. They pretty kill any computer fan noise after about 5-10 feet, well within the range of a Mogami gold cable. Using directional mics helps. Since they pick up little sound from the sides or back.
 

Hexley

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I’m undecided if buy MacBook Pro 16” or wait to new Mac Mini
You'll have to wait another 2-4 years before Apple will spec bum the Mac mini. It sells far far less than any Macbook Pro.
 
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