Switched to Logic Pro X what Mac is reccomended?

Drummer_Photog

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I am getting Logic Pro X, I used Pro Tools on Windows, Logic is more intuitive. I am a drummer. I make loops to play too and some live drum recording. 5-6 tracks max.

My issue is expense related. I use a 2018 27" for my photography and need to be cost conscious.

I have an array of plug-ins that I use and need SSD HD and at least 16 GB.

Searched refurbished iMacs as far back as late 2013 i5 and up to 2017 i7.

Suggestions on what mac, specs, model, etc? Refurbished retailers?

George
 
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Drummer_Photog

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Thank you for the info on Loop Back. I am looking for Mac suggestions to use in my DAW with Logic Pro X. Thanks again!
 

theluggage

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I use a 2018 27" for my photography and need to be cost conscious.
...I'd have though that existing machine would fit your needs perfectly. The RAM is easy to upgrade if you need it. If the machine has a mechanical hard drive then you can add an external Thunderbolt or USB-C SSD.
 

Drummer_Photog

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I can't afford another iMac 2018. I am now using it for Adobe applications. The iMac is in my office and mystudio is in the garage, thus I need a refurbished Mac just to run Logic Pro X. Apple suggested a Mac Mini.

I am searching refurbished Mac machines bur do not know which year or model?
 

codernova

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I'd say any Mac with an i5+, 16GB RAM+, 512SSD+ will be adequate, maybe a MAC Mini? 5 simultaneous tracks shouldn't be that heavy of a load and the GPU isn't important.
 

Starfia

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The entry-level 2011 Mac mini saw me through the composition of a digital music album with many more than six tracks per piece in Logic. (That would have been Logic Pro 9 at the time.) The current entry-level mini is miles beyond that in terms of power and speed.
 
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DaPhox

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Any imac as long as its upgradeable past snow leopard & has at least dual core i5. If it has youre good to go....
 

BrianBaughn

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The current version of Logic Pro X requires macOS 10.13.6…and it's been within the last year that they made that specification.

Just as a point of reference (that you can compare to iMac specs) I'm running Logic Pro X on a hackintosh with an Intel i7-4770K (3.5 GHz quad core, released Q2 2013) and can't complain about the performance. I have 32GB of RAM and can run quite a few VIs on a project. For quicker loading I have additional SSDs for 1) Logic projects and 2) Instrument samples.