buying non-retina MBP for DJing use. SSD or HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by toypadlock, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. toypadlock macrumors member

    May 17, 2010

    as it suggests in the title, i'm looking to buy a non retina MBP for use while DJing (really tempted by the beautiful retina one, but the lack of firewire without an annoying adaptor and disc burner really puts me off) and i was wondering what peoples' suggestions re: choosing between a SSD and an HDD would be.

    The 750gb drive would mean i could have everything with me without having to bother with external drives, but the SSD would obviously be a lot faster and smoother. also less chance of it being damaged when dropped, which is a factor.

    128gb is a rather small drive size though.

  2. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    Buy it and add your own SSD... the prices are super low.

    You don't want an HDD because they tend to spin down and you need to take measures to keep them going so you don't get stutters.... and you are right about knocking it around.

  3. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I'm not really familiar with DJ setups but I'm pretty sure HDD's are just fine. Of course if you can afford a SSD, go for it because it's just better than platter HDD. There shouldn't be any problems of spinning down because it'll always be active. Another thing is that DJ's usually have external HDD's (depending on how large your library is) so even if your main HDD in the MacBook Pro was SSD, chances are you'd have a platter HDD as an external and it would be the same.
  4. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    SSD for durability and vibration resistance. Get a couple 32 GB thumbdrives for added music storage. You could even label them by genre etc.
  5. Tonytownsend macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2010
    Im a Dj as well just bought a retina and love it. Honestly if your a DJ your not gonna use the firewire. Every controller or interface your gonna hook up to is usb anyway. I have the firewire adapter at home in the studio for my apogee ensemble which doesn't need to be carried around. Who really uses a CD drive these days?, I don't. I love my retina wouldn't track for a standard.
  6. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
    Buying a better laptop doesn't make you a better DJ.

    However, you can't beat the Refurb Retina prices, so check it out.

    Plus you're likely loading low datarate MP3's/AAC's anyway, so SSD is not essential for storing the media. I would store the mp3's on an external USB 3.0 storage device and keep the database and apps on the OS drive.
  7. cla9614 macrumors newbie


    Dec 18, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Why not go with the 2012 MBP with the standard 750GB HDD? I purchased that machine just for running Serato and a few other music apps. I think its great to be able to carry your entire music collection around on your MBP (provided its less that 700 Gigs). External HDDs require more space and power, and don't always conform to the tight spaces you are asked to DJ in. Apple probably has refurbs on this model. It also has 8 Gigs of ram, which is plenty for the Appleton, Serato and ProTools.

    Just my $0.02 :cool:
  8. DayVe3000 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2012
    Sounds like you'd be best suited to a non Retina MBP!

    The larger capacity would serve you well.
    The SSD isnt going to make massive differences to your professional job.
    The internal optical drive may well get good use - Do people ever turn up with their own CD's and ask you to play?

    Plus, you'd save a few quid.
  9. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    I just picked up the 13" MBP and dropped a Samsung 840 256GB SSD in it, before I even turned it on.

    The process was literally painless.

    I was in between retina and standard but decided for myself, the speed, cheap SSD upgrade made the regular mbp a real bargain for me.

    The SSD cost me $176 at micro center, Apple wanted an extra $400.

    Either way you won't walk away with a bad computer.
  10. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
    Anyone seriously still uses CDs?
  11. DayVe3000 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2012
    If he DJ's partys and clients want specific tunes - Its not unreasonable to expect them to turn up with a CD.

    Its also not unreasonable for them to expect a DJ to be able to use said CD.

    Granted many savy users have moved away from optical media - you'll still see plenty of people want to continue I guess. :confused:
  12. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    For DJing an SSD or dual SSD/HDD setup are likely the wrong way to go.

    1. There's tons of music not available via streaming services, so I would imagine that you spend a good deal of time ripping discs. As music is your stock-in-trade, you probably don't want to limit yourself to the fraction that you can download, even if it is the most popular fraction or make ripping discs less conveneint by always having to carry around an external drive.

    2. I would also imagine that your libraries are huge. Having tons of high-bit rate music at your fingertips eats up space, so unless you want to spend $1000 on 750GB capacity stay away from an SSD.

    If want to avoid lugging around external drives the rMBP and uMBP with a dual drive setup are out. I would either get a 1TB 5400rpm HDD (as the 7200rpm drives won't fit) or, if you can fit your music into 750GB, a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid. It'll speed up your OS while still allowing you to carry your whole library on the internal drive without spending $1000 (it costs about $120) and you get to keep the optical drive. it won't be the last word in speed, but it'll likely suit your purposes best at a reasonable cost.

  13. Handsome Bacon macrumors regular

    Handsome Bacon

    Apr 10, 2012
    Location: Location!
    I tour as a DJ.

    My setup is a mid 2012, 16GB RAM, cMBP, 240GB SSD main and 750gb HDD in the optical bay.

    I run Ableton 8.3 along with an Akai APC40. Also have Serato and Traktor installed. I didn't bother with a retina MBP just yet and had plenty of $$$ to spend on a DJ computer. I play my own stuff so I don't use CDs or take requests.
  14. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    i dj with mine, i use a dual ssd/hdd setup with my software and core music on the ssd, and main libraries on the hdd


    oh and put the superdrive in an external usb enclosure off ebay for the odd time you'll use it. if anyone ever asks for specific tracks i dont have i'll just download them, if theyre that bothered i'll usually be handed a usb stick with it on

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