Logic Pro on new Macbook airs

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mgs4, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. mgs4 macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I'm getting an ultimate 13" air very soon, and was just wondering if anyone has used Logic pro on it yet, and if so how well does it perform?

  2. Feuersturm macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    I wonder this too... I just bought an 11'' i7 MBA and I'm going to test it within the next few days with Logic Pro 9, and compare it to my 2009 13'' MBP.
  3. mgs4 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2011
    ah ok cool. please reply once you've tested it out:D
  4. pickleydoo macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011

    Yes, please post your results here when you get a chance. I'm looking at picking up the 11" i7 and an Apogee Duet 2 and would love to hear your thoughts.
  5. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
    I'm using Logic Pro on my 11" - only light editing work with small audio files though, so not sure how useful a comparison it is for you. Working like a dream - and no lagging when I'm messing around with reverb etc which I expected.

    I'm running a new MBA with 4gb RAM, base line processor speed.
  6. Feuersturm macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    Ok I compared my old 2009 MBP 13'' (2.53Ghz, 4 GB Ram) with my new 11'' MBA (i7, 4GB Ram). I checked the Logic cpu load in the included Demo Song "The Number's Game". Well, both had about the same cpu load during the Song (between 10-60%, most of the time about 40%), but I would say the MBA was a TINY bit better (between 5-10%). Both Songs were played from the internal Harddrive.
    I'm gonna make some "real world" recording tests soon...
  7. Feuersturm macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    I also ran the "Logic Multicore Benchmark Test" (google it...):

    MBP 13'' (mid-2009, 2,53 Ghz, 4 GB Ram): 17 Tracks

    Macbook Air 11'' (2011, i7, 4 GB Ram): 24 Tracks

    All under Logic 9.14, 32 bit Mode, OS Lion, 256 samples and medium buffer, internal Soundcard.
    Nice little machine, the new air!
  8. pickleydoo macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011

    Do you think one of the new Airs + an Apogee Duet 2 would be suitable for tracking on the go?

  9. Lek macrumors member

    May 27, 2009
    11" 4/128 gave me problems with logic pro 9 today

    I'm using it to perform live
    I loaded 7 songs, and my new 2011 11" Air gave me the 'disk overload' problem when trying to play one. Sucks, I thought with the ssd there would be no problems, but it couldn't handle it. Initially, the drive seemed better than my 17" macbook pro's 5400rpm native drive - especially when hitting play the cpu load wouldn't max out like on my pro's. But literally tonight - I hit a limit with it I guess.

    By the way, a song might have 8 to 10 tracks with NO, I repeat, NO plugins. When I mix I use all hardware (I'm also a big tape machine freak - 2" 16 track ampex). This was just to perform live

    So this leads me to the question, are songs not currently being played taking up memory or being accessed by the hard drive?
  10. mgs4 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2011
    interesting, thanks for the info so far. i actually still have logic 8 which i'll probably still use on the new machine, i wonder how it'll run... it works fine on my late 2009 macbook. (i'm thinking surely the new airs would handle logic better than an older macbook) :confused:
  11. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    you can check memory usage in activity monitor (applications -> utilities -> activity monitor).

    how large are the song files? can you try it with 7 baby songs, like 1 track, 5 seconds each.

    i don't know Logic. have you googled 'logic disk overload'?

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