Macbook Air 13" (4GB RAM) for Pro Tools?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by d-boy86, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. d-boy86 macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2011
    I am currently using a Macbook (Alum. Uni) with Pro Tools 8 LE and it works great considering I am running my MiniBox 2 via USB. Can I expect the same performance on the Macbook Air? I was considering getting the REAL Macbook Pro -- but with the Sandy Bridge delays I rather not.
  2. boch82 macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2008
    Might be too slow in general...does it meet the specs for protools?

    I would suggest holding off and getting a MBP
  3. d-boy86 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2011
    Well my current MB only has 2 ghz of processing speed and 2 GB of RAM and it works fine. So I'm assuming it will work the same, if not even better on the Air right?
  4. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    Same performance, if not even better. Disk I/O goes much faster. Only disadvantage is you cannot add more RAM after purchase, as it's soldered onto the logic board. You will be stuck with the specs.
  5. kahkityoong macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Much better.
  6. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    plug-ins are usually the killer....and i guess i never thought about old MBP was 2.0 ghz...the airs are right close that...I am really drawn to the airs...the only intensize thing I do is occasionally play with ableton live....I'd like to run it...if I could I'd just get an air
  7. sunrisemusic macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2010
    If you're not running a heavy-duty extensive plugin user you will be fine, though I'd definitely get 4 gigs RAM because that will help for processor-intensive tasks.

    I recently got an 11" Air, but have yet to try PT on it, but before I purchased I made sure I checked that out before buying and I'm sure that for my reasonably lightweight needs when portable, it will be fine (as with lightweight Logic and/or garageband).

    Check the DUC (Digidesign Users Conference on Avid's site), there are a couple of people happily running PT9 on their Airs up there.

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