Logic Pro X: Time to upgrade my Mac?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by superleccy, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London

    Just testing the water here...

    I've started recording and mixing a new album using Logic Pro X, having used Logic 9 up until a few months ago. My Mac is quite old (acquired Feb 2010-ish), and whilst Logic Pro X is certainly usable (with judicious use of low-latency mode and the freeze buttons), it does now feel rather sluggish most of the time. Here's the specs of what I'm using at the moment.

    Mid-2009 MacBook Pro 15"
    2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    8GB RAM 1067MHz DDR3
    Crucial M5 SSD 512GB
    NVidia GeForce 9600M GT 256MB
    Yosemite 10.10.4

    So, if I bite the bullet and and upgrade to the current maxed-out 15" MBP (or, wait until the next refresh, which is what I'll probably do), and I going to notice a massive difference? Will recording and mixing in Logic Pro X feel like a knife-through-butter? Or would I just be disappointed?

  2. jacobluecke macrumors member


    Dec 19, 2007
    Jefferson City, MO
    Last year, I moved from a Core 2 Duo machine to a i7 2012 Mini and the difference on Logic was incredible.

    The smoothness of your editing experience will be somewhat determined by how complex your music is and if you use any of the huge virtual instrument libraries out there.

    My music is fairly simple, so the new Mini has no problem at all. It's definitely knife-through-butter. I would expect the new MBP would be a huge improvement for you.
  3. superleccy thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
  4. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    Your MacBook Pro is getting pretty long in the tooth. I have a 2009 2.26 13" MB Pro but it is for basic home office use. A Quad-core CPU is the minimum nowadays for DAW work.

    Apple released new MacBook Pros in the middle of May so you'll be waiting quite awhile for another refresh.

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