I want to run Pro Tools 7.3 on my MacBook!

TheScavenger

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I really want to run Pro Tools 7.3 M-Powered on my laptop without serious lag. Is this even possible? I want to use an M-Audio Firewire 410 soundcard with a medium sized MIDI keyboard controller.

Here are the specs on my MacBook:

2.0GHZ Core 2 Duo 4MB L2 Cache
2GB Mushkin RAM
160 7200 RPM Seagate Momentus

Should I up the RAM to 3GB or would that be dumb?


Thanks!
 

zimv20

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recording/playing back audio isn't CPU intensive. macs have been able to handle this for 20+ years, and any of today's machines have ridiculous amounts of power for that. running lots of plugs and s/w synths will eventually slow it down.
 

BCains

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My old Macbook Pro (1.8ghz / 1.5GBRAM) handles protools fine.
I don't think you will have any problems with what you have.
Obviously with Pro Tools LE it does have latency but its ver minimal.

One question thou, why are you wanting to use the M-Audio Soundcard?
With Pro Tools the digi 002/003 is your interface...
 

TheScavenger

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My old Macbook Pro (1.8ghz / 1.5GBRAM) handles protools fine.
I don't think you will have any problems with what you have.
Obviously with Pro Tools LE it does have latency but its ver minimal.

One question thou, why are you wanting to use the M-Audio Soundcard?
With Pro Tools the digi 002/003 is your interface...
First off let me say that I am not sure of the differences between M-Powered and LE. I know M-Powered is specifically made for M-Audio devices.

I want to use Pro Tools M-Powered because I can get it for $150 with the education discount. I haven't been able to find LE for sale anywhere. Maybe I am not looking hard enough.

I want to use the M-Audio soundcard because it is compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered.

I am very new with this stuff if you couldn't tell :D
 

TheScavenger

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I am looking at the MBox 2 and MBox 2 mini but they both appear to be USB 1.0 wired. I assume USB 1.0 is quick enough to handle this?

Josh
 

zimv20

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i know of no USB device which cannot handle the number of simultaneous inputs and outputs it provides.