is this macbook beefy enough for my selfish greedy needs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by y0ud, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. y0ud macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009
    hey guys
    i am after a laptop to take back and forth from my work at a rehearsal studio. at the moment i am lugging around a 24inch imac and, yea, it gets old carrying it around. i am in the process of building the control room for the studios there and will have prospects of using the macbook for another platform (running logic as an alternative to pro tools) if necessary (again not sure if it will be). but really, i want it as a portable platform to run logic, play around with simple midi processing and maybe even buy an apogee later down the track. that will be its primary use, along with your token browsing and iwork and what not (probs warcraft and the sims3 as well, who am i kidding)

    i have in my possession a pt 7.0 hd2 rig +96i/o. that will be the driving force for the studio side of things when they get up and running. its more then capable of recording what ever i want in a professional environment. the mac will just be more so for pleasure and simple mixing i can do at home or the studio. realistically, my personal use of this laptop for recording purposes will consist of no more then a few layers of guitar, keys, and then the rest will be midi (probably working with never more then 12 tracks) (looking at buying something along the lines of komplete5). i will only be ever doing tracking at the studio via the hd2 rig, and will have no need to record much (if anything at all) direct to the laptop.

    i think that puts us upto date.

    i have an opportunity to buy the second newest macbook pro WITH logic for $2000.
    2.4ghz, 4gig of ram, 7200rpm 320gig hard drive, 15inchscreen. only thing thats bugging me is the new improvments in the newest macbooks. the solid state hard drives are killer, as well as the better cpu's. i have a few questions;

    - will this machine be able to handle what i am after when it comes to playing around, writting and mixing with 16 odd tracks in logic studio 8

    -will an apogee be a good investment

    -how will the macbook pro handle pro tools 8.0 if i wanted to play around with mixes and structures at home?

    -can i buy a solid state hard drive and upgrade to 8gig for that macbook pro?

    - should i just neck up and buy logic for my 24inch (4gig of ram, 2.4ghz cpu)

    thanks for any help you give. its crunch time haha
  2. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...the last gen MBP's are going for $1447 and $1889 at our on base PX and they dropped that price when the new models were announced...they had 14 of each at the time and they still have 12 each... I got the whitebook that was dropped to $747 instead of the MBP = I want as portable a laptop as I can get since I have other desktops and an iMac at home for the heavier stuff...
  3. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    get a classic mbp refurb. they are set up better for studio work
  4. y0ud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009
    im in aus, so 2k is is pretty good.

    i am aware that older mbp's are better set up for recording needs, but i would like to know wether the mbp i mentioned will be enough for the needs i listed

    thanks for the quick replies
  5. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    - Yes the machine would handle it very well. I'm doing 16 odd audio and midi tracks loaded with effects, very intensive synths and fairly big sampled instruments on a 2gb ram, 2ghz macbook no problem, even running some other programs on top of that.

    -Yes you can put a SSD and 8gb ram in it.

    Not sure about the rest, fairly positive but never used it.
  6. y0ud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009
    o wow, i didnt know you could put 8gig into it.

    out of curiosity, whats the cheapest online option to buy a brand new mbp?

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