Musician deciding on a laptop for home recording needs


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 25, 2006
I'm a musician who records and edits music on my PC. I'm thinking of switching to a mac, but I'm not sure if I should spring for a Macbook Pro, or if a Macbook would be able to handle the workload. I don't edit video or engage in otherwise graphics-intensive activities (i.e. games). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


macrumors 68030
Dec 27, 2002
Alameda, CA
You should probably let us know which software you plan to use, but in general the Pro has no real advantages over the standard MacBook for music production other than the screen size. I would recommend a MacBook plus a second monitor, over a MacBook Pro with a 15 or 17-inch screen. Just make sure to max out the RAM and you'll be set.

Other opinions will arrive shortly.


macrumors 6502
Aug 22, 2006
What kind of instruments are you going to be recording? What interface are you using?

Shotgun Pete

macrumors regular
Jul 11, 2006
Saskatchewan, Canada
I am in the exact same boat as you for home recording, (I dont do anything super fancy just clips of my practising to give me an idea of what I am sounding like that day). I have a 1.83ghz MacBook with 1gb of ram and it works perfectly, the built in microphone is surprisingly good quality, even good enough for some audition cds.