MBP 15" Retina - who's using for Graphic Design and Audio?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AndyDiamond, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. AndyDiamond macrumors regular

    AndyDiamond

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    Anyone here using MBPr 15" for serious graphics work?

    That is page layout in ID, Quark, vector graphic work in Illustrator, extensive image retouching/creation in Photoshop etc?
    Utilities such as Suitcase?

    Also pro audio production with ProTools and Logic.

    I have just relocated to another country and sold my MacPro 2.8 Octo/14GB RAM/240SSD/Radeon 7550/dual monitor set up and have purchased a 15" MBPr 2.7/16GB/768 to replace it as I need to be more portable.

    I'd like to know how other graphics and audio professionals are finding MBPr.

    Cheers.
     
  2. hawon macrumors member

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    I have rMBP with 16gb and 256gb. I use pro tools every day and even done 5.1 mix with this.
     
  3. MBrandonLee Suspended

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    It's great with pro tools. I would recommend an external usb3.0 / thunderbolt drive as usual, especially with SSD as that's not good for the SSD to do audio because of all the write/rewrites.

    I do wish I had more ports, but I think it's just the ridiculous backlog of thunderbolt interfaces, hubs and buses that have yet to come out.
     
  4. Update, Dec 1, 2012
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    Update macrumors newbie

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    Moved... My analysis is best suited elsewhere as it doesn't answer the OP's question.
     
  5. AndyDiamond thread starter macrumors regular

    AndyDiamond

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I have an external USB3 drive for all my work which gets backed up via TimeMachine to a separate USB drive (the MBPr SSD will also be backed up to this drive).

    I agree the lack of hubs that reliably support USB3 is a bit frustrating - I like to use an external full size Apple keyboard which takes up one USB port. That leaves only one USB port for the external drive so I have to switch out the keyboard to run the backups. This isn't ideal as I prefer to have backups running in the background. I also have an iLok (that can be connected to a port on the external keyboard of course) and a dongle for Reason if I want to use it.
    Not to mention a USB audio interface - I sold off my FireWire 003.
    I guess a Thunderbolt drive will need to be added to free up a USB port but ideally a USB 3 would be good.
     
  6. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    My wife uses a trend net USB 3 hub without any problem on her rmbp.
     

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