Need help deciding about a new Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mattmertz77, May 13, 2013.

  1. mattmertz77 macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2013
    I want to use my current Mac to produce music, I use synthesizers which are really heavy on RAM and my Mac is too slow its a 5 year old iMac. I want to buy a new Mac or Macbook but don't have enough money to buy a new one and was wondering what is the best option, should I buy a newer one and upgrade the RAM? also can I transfer licensed products to another computer if I get one? Thanks.
  2. jonathan.c macrumors newbie


    May 16, 2013
    Get a new computer, use your current one as a backup and casual rig.

    If portability is important, the 15" Retina MacBook Pro would be my recommendation. The standard 8GB of RAM is more than enough for music production but if you want to future proof yourself, upgrade to 16GB. The only downside to this computer is upgradability. Everything is soldered onto the motherboard and nothing can be upgraded (except for the SSD, but that's expensive).

    If you don't care for portability, the standard 15" MacBook Pro would be great. You get more bang for your buck and allows you to upgrade to an SSD and/or upgrade your RAM after the initial purchase. Downside to this is that the standard configurations do not include an SSD.

    The 27" iMac is the best deal, hands down. If you have the cash, spring for a Fusion Drive for added speed.

    However, wait until after WWDC so you make the best purchase possible. There might be new products coming soon so don't buy now.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    For music production, the "wider" the display, the better (lets you see a longer "timeline").

    I'd suggest either a 27" iMac, or perhaps a late model refurbished Mini with a 27" external display.
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I would look into getting a 2nd hand or refurbished Mac Mini as that should handle your needs. As you don't need a great screen for music production, just get a cheap 27" display.
    Transferring licensed software will vary with each company but shouldn't be a problem.
  5. COrocket macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    refurb mini's are a really cost effective upgrade if you are simply looking for a machine that can take more RAM. Any 2011/2012 model can take a 16GB upgrade. Of course you have to get a screen if you don't have one laying around, but if you are producing music you might not have to spend a lot on one that suits your needs.

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