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Manzanito

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Hi everyone.

My girlfriend’s macbook pro is about to die, so she is looking for a replacement. Her main use is logic pro x. Nothing too heavy, a couple of audio tracks with her singing and two or three software instruments.

Will the current quad core i5 be enough for that? Are the base 8 gigs of RAM adequate or should she upgrade to 16?

Thanks in advance.
 

Howard2k

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I do three audio tracks in Garageband on a 2015 13" with a dual core and 8GB. The processor needle doesn't budge much from idle expect when transcoding. I'm not using software tracks instruments though, so her usage may be heavier, but I don't see her requiring more than a quad core I5.

What is she using now to do that work? And what does Activity Monitor show?
 
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Manzanito

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A 2011 mbp 13” 2’3 GHz i5 with 8 gigs of RAM.

It generally copes well with everything she has thrown at logic so far, although sometimes it uses almost all the cpu.
 
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Howard2k

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A 2011 mbp 13” 2’3 GHz i5 with 8 gigs of RAM.

It generally copes well with everything she has thrown at logic so far, although sometimes it uses almost all the cpu.


This will be an upgrade of epic proportions. I don't think she needs to be overly concerned about performance.
 
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Manzanito

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I would consider upgrading the RAM though. Especially since it's nothing you can easily do later.
I work with Pro Tools which might have higher system requirements but the latest versions ask for at least 8GB.
I think it’s a sensible advice, and will make the computer last longer.
 
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dapa0s

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Considering how you described your girlfriend’s Logic Pro usage, the new 2019 13 inch is more than enough and it can handle much more than that. Take the 16gb if you have the money and think you will be adding more tracks in the future.
 
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