New, getting first mac tomorow, have a question!

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by NineSpine, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. NineSpine macrumors newbie

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    So tomorrow I take the leap and ditch Windows. I'll be getting a Macbook Pro, Logic Studio, and an Apogee Duet to replace my current home system. My question is this: I am really torn between the 2.4 and the 2.53 but how big a difference in performance will I see? Is it worth the extra $300? I know the L2 cache is doubled, but is that really a $300 jump?

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    yes... no.. or yes :p

    is a bit faster worth $300 to you, or not? Are you using it professionally, where time = money, yes, or are you just arseing about, in which case it means nothing, then no? If money = nothing then yes.

    Flip a coin

    perhaps that's too harsh.. what I mean is really, only you can know the answer. No amount of statistics can help you. Is 2% faster worth $300? is 2 seconds faster on a particular filter operation meaningful to you, $300 meaningful? what about 10 seconds?
     
  3. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    no and ill just leave it at "unless you need it"

    i think there are speed test comparisons between the two at barefeats not sure though
     
  4. mim macrumors 6502

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    Save your $300 and buy a decent size second monitor. Or a nice plugin.

    You might find this place helpful as you're getting started:
    http://logicprohelp.com/forums.php

    Enjoy your Mac!
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    For use with Logic at home. No. I assume you will not be recording 24 or 48 tracks. Not with the "Duet" so performance will not be an issue.

    Do you need the "studio" version of Logic? I assume you read the specs and found something in there you needed. Most home user would be happy with "express"

    Should you spend the extra $300. I'd say only spend it if you are in such a good position that spending it will not cause you to skimp on other parts of the recording system. You do have several large external disks for backups and also a good fast disk for the audio files you will be creating.

    One more thing.. Have you used Logic yet? It really likes touse up screen space. you will be wanting a large monitor. Spend the $300 on the extra 0.13 GHz but only it you can still cover the other things you will need.

    Why a notebook for a home studio? Do you need to be portable? If not the iMac or Mac Pro gives more bang for less bucks
     
  6. NineSpine thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ended up buying the 2.4 with 4 gigs of RAM and Logic Express instead of Studio. I can always upgrade to Studio if I feel like I need it.

    I wanted to go with a laptop because I am also using this machine for school. Sometimes I'll be taking it with me to record at other people's houses too. I already have a nice 22-inch monitor for home but I can't seem to find a way to make it work while the laptop is closed. Anyone have any ideas for that?
     
  7. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Don't bother, the performance increase is minimal and you can use 100 of those $300 to buy some extra ram, which is more important.
     

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