Pro Tools/Logic pro people

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jboyd710, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. jboyd710 macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Knoxville, TN
    Okay, I need some answers. Looking to purchase a 15' macbook pro, either retina or classic. Going to be mainly on a desk and I do have another monitor I will be using. However, I am only considering two models, because of money I can either get the 15 cMBP (2.3 i7, 4GB, 500GB for 1799.99) or 15 rMBP ( 2.4 i7, 8GB, 256SSD for 2199.99) Now I will get education discount, and storage is not a huge deal I have externals. However I want to know what is going to be the best for me. With the classic I will definitely upgrade ram to 16GB and eventually replace the HDD with an SSD. I know pro tools benefits from ram and a quick SSD, but I want to know if I go retina will I be okay with capped 8GBs of ram?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The 8GB should be enough, though the cMBP may make more sense since its upgradeable after the fact.
  3. jboyd710 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Knoxville, TN
    I was thinking the same, however I wasnt sure if performance would be better with a retina, i mean two thunderbolts, hdmi out would be really nice to use
  4. andeify macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2012
    You wont notice any difference in performance between the two in Logic Pro, unless Logic and all its plugins, instruments and samples were installed on the flash drive in the Retina. The classic seems to be more trouble free than the Retina.
  5. hammo123 macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2013
  6. nickandre21 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2012
    Used both on my friend cMbp and my rMbp with 16gb ram. I found it around 5% better on the retina maybe due to the ssd, not a whole lot of difference. You could take the cMbp and plonk in a 16gb ram in future if need be. The only huge difference came on fcp and aperture if you do not use it and are not hooked up on the retina display, safely buy the cMbp.
  7. 3rdpath macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    the ability to upgrade might be very important to you as your DAW software needs expand. more ram, bigger HD or's nice to have options.

    fwiw, macmall has a new 15", 2.7, 8gb, 1tb for $1999...which includes the anti glare screen upgrade. it's a smoking music machine.

    upgrade the HD to 7200 and put a 7200 HD in the optical bay slot and for a couple of hundred bucks, you'll really be flying.

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