Maxed Out MBA For Music Production?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jakesaunders27, May 8, 2014.

  1. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

    jakesaunders27

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    Hi,
    Hoping to get some feedback from people who use 13" Airs for Music Production, I use Pro Tools 11 & Ableton Live, my current 11 Inch air isn't cutting it, I have a Mac Pro at home so this is strictly a travel computer.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Dweez macrumors 65816

    Dweez

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    Not cutting it in what manner - what's the bottleneck with your 11"?
     
  3. jakesaunders27 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    When working with big sessions it gets very hot and freezes up a lot, and the screen is a bit small.
     
  4. zephonic macrumors 65816

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    My 13" Haswell MBA can do some Mainstage 2, but it maxes out pretty quick. For serious DAW work I'd say trade up to a quad-MBP.
     
  5. jakesaunders27 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jakesaunders27

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    Yeah thats like my air now.
     
  6. Dweez macrumors 65816

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  7. budgynana macrumors member

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    For Pro Tools you'll definitely want to get a lot of RAM, it uses it to cache your files for zero latency.
     
  8. rambo47 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll offer a third vote for the MacBook Pro. For professional graphics/video/photo work the MBP is the way to go. Plus the 15" model is gorgeous and that extra screen size will come in handy.
     

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