Music Production on a Unibody White Macbook? (Garageband)

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  1. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

    SPNarwhal

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    Does anybody make music with their Macbook?
    And does it hold up well?

    The big reason I even own a Mac is to use Garageband, and record music with.
    I'm going from a 17" uMBP down to a Unibody Macbook (The screen size difference is fine, honestly. the only thing I do with my laptop is make music on it, I don't need the giant screen nor the power.)
    But, that's the thing. Does the Macbook hold up well with music making?
    I mean, I wouldn't expect it to be that harsh on the CPU or RAM or whatever, not like a video game. I can easily just go for the 13" MBP if the Macbook will give me problems with recording music. The thing about the Macbook is, I love how the plastic looks, and I really like the screen. And it's the cheapest of their laptops.
    But will it hold up for my needs? (mostly using GarageBand)
    I know it wouldn't hold up for playing some crazy games, but that's not what I'm after. Mostly just a portable notebook of my music, and to be able to handle me recording my music on.)

    Thanks.
     
  2. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    I guess it depends on how many tracks you use in your recordings?
     
  3. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

    SPNarwhal

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    really?
    i mean no more than 10 usually.
    and that's only to keep things organized.

    would that be a problem?

    i mean, i didn't think the macbook was a super strong computer,
    but i didn't think of it being really weak to only be able to do casual browsing either.
    i mean i would assume garage band to be a really simple thing to handle.
    even if at most.
     
  4. Dr Beez E macrumors newbie

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    It holds up awesome. I record music on here all the time and I've put at most say 15 tracks... you should have no problem at all. I've also used a lot of effects etc on it and it plays fine. Sometimes it might pause because it says theres too much to process, but just hit play again and it's fine.
     
  5. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

    SPNarwhal

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    yeah, it does that even on my 17" uMBP.
    too many real time instruments at once, la la la.
     

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