Logic 8 on Laptop

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Joko, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Joko macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2008
    I'm looking to buy a laptop for some relatively basic Logic 8 projects.

    I'm trying to decide between the black Macbook or base Macbook Pro. They would both be 2.2Ghz with 2GB RAM. The Macbook would be slightly cheaper.

    I would also use an external display for when I am in studio.

    Any advice in terms of which would be better for my needs, if any?
  2. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    If there's a money issue, I would go for the Blackbook. I have a base model white Macbook with 4 GB of RAM (Also, if you do go for the blackbook, 4GB of RAM helps so so so much with Logic in terms of performance) that I use logic with and it runs perfectly. Not so well with 1GB, but with 2 or 4, it'll be an amazing machine. If money's not a huge issue, go for the Macbook Pro as the graphics card and such will make it easier to use this laptop for longer if need be.

    In other words, both are perfect for your needs, just decide between the cost, the look, and the few performance differences (such as the gfx card) between the two, and you're set. You shouldn't see any really performance difference in logic between the two.
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    The MacBooks will do just fine with Logic 8.

    However, having used both extensively I'd say get the Pro if you can afford it. I own both a MacBook and a MacBook Pro, and although the Macbook is actually my dad's, I have done some recording on it, and also use MacBooks quite a lot in school (they're very very popular in our school).

    Logic 8 can be very cramped on the MacBook's displays (even though they are relatively hi-res for their size). The Pro's extra screen space really helps to make Logic much better to work with...
  4. fernmeister macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2007
    Does the Macbook still only ship with a 5400 RPM drive? Drive speed is a real factor in getting better performance out of Logic. Go with a model that gives you a 7,200 RPM drive if you can afford it.
  5. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    i recorded 8 tracks in multitrack recording with zero latency on my blackbook 2.0

    works great
  6. aaronguitar macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2008
    Can anyone talk about how the MacBook Pro performs with lots of tracks and multiple plugins?

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