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BlargKing

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Apr 17, 2014
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NewBrunswick, Canada
Hello forum.

So I'm going to be attending college soon for a digital media course and one of the components of the course is sound design. The college is an all-mac environment and they'll be using Logic Pro and Garage band. I had a MacBook back in 2010 and I found Garage Band to be quite good for doing sound design, and honestly I have never found a sound program as easy to use and functional for PC.

Anyways, I'm pretty much a 90% PC kinda guy. Its nothing really against Mac I just do a lot of stuff that requires hardware more powerful than what Apple has to offer. But I do want to get a Mac of my own for doing my own sound design work, but I don't want to spend 1500$+ on an iMac.

Would the baseline Mac Mini with the 1.4Ghz i5 and 8GB of RAM be sufficient to run Logic Pro X? Should I go up a tier and get the 2.6Ghz? Will 8GB of RAM last a while, or should I get 16GB? Does the Mini have user replaceable SODIMMs or did they move to soldered chips?

Thanks a lot for the help!
 

Kaida

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May 28, 2016
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Singapore
It seems ok for base 1.4Ghz since there is no mention of CPU in the minimum requirement.
http://www.apple.com/sg/logic-pro/specs/

If you are getting the 2.6ghz, 16gb ram and don't have a display, its probably better to buy an iMac which also comes with Apple keyboard and mouse.

Mac mini 2014 does not have user replaceable sodimm.
 

BlargKing

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Original poster
Apr 17, 2014
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NewBrunswick, Canada
The base iMac has a weaker CPU and costs 550$ more than the mid-tier Mini. I could easilly get a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and still be 300$ under the cost of an iMac and end up with a better setup.

I figured the RAM would be soldered. I don't know why they bothered though since my mothers previous gen Mini had 2 SODIMM slots.

I'll probably get a mid-tier Mini since I feel like the 1.4Ghz will become obsolete pretty fast.
 

craig1024

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Feb 15, 2016
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The 1.4ghz with 8gb of ram should be fine but you should get a fusion drive or upgrade to an ssd because Mac OS feels slow on hard drives.
 
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