is this mbp enough for logic studio

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' 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. o2xygen macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    if your making money from this work go all out
  3. y0ud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009
    i wouldn't be making money from this laptop, it will more then likely only be for personal use
  4. Halvdan macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    I'm running logic on a similar setup (though I've got the 5400 rpm drive, which is a bit of a bottleneck), and it's working nicely for me. I'm often running 40-50+ tracks/auxes with quite a lot of plug ins. If you're doing a straight mix of a track, and not live tracking, a laptop like that will get the job done, being that you have the option to freeze tracks in Logic (render them before playback).

    I say go for it, and get yourself a nice firewire drive for those sessions with a lot of audio material.

    If you're looking for a high quality interface that'll get the job done for some simple tracking on the go, have a look at apogees newest product, a 1-channel interface. Looks pretty sweet.

    As for pro tools, I wouldn't know for the HD systems, but LE 8 is running quite smoothly on my machine, tough PT is quite sensitive to using the system drive (external drive crapped out, can't even afford canned soup right now). So in that case, getting an external FW drive with the right chipset (see digidesigns compatibility listings) is essential.

    Hope this is of any help. :)
  5. y0ud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009
    thank you!

    where is the cheapest place to buy mcbookpros online? first hand

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