To all the djs: Why a macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MPB11, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. MPB11 macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I'm new to this forum. I was wondering, I dj a lot but not using computers. I will be starting some productions pretty soon using Ableton. At the same time, I have to buy myself a new laptop. MBPs seems to be what everybody recommends for audio processing but......why??? are they really better than pcs??? are they worth the extra money? Even if they LOOK good and seem to do a great job...wil it really make the difference?

    Maybe some of you also dome some audio work on your computers, you could help me clarify this question.

    Thanks guys!
  2. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
  3. Synthion, Feb 2, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011

    Synthion macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    DISCLAIMER: OK, I'm not that seriously into being a DJ, but I am a Music Producer

    There are tons of reasons to use Macs, a full list is right here...

    But specifically for DJ's MusicProd's, I can tell you.

    1. Software: iLife is free, but if you are serious, I know you need more horsepower. Adobe Audition is on MAC OS X, and even back in public beta form, it still was awesome. (that's how I got it) DJ-1800 is a cool setup, can be used independently as a DJ system, or in conjunction with the equipment. Audacity is a lightweight, open source tool for music editing, and frankly, I like it better than Audition most of the time. And the real guns, AKA, Apple Logic, is a Mac Only deal. And for just playing music, I have some news for you, iTunes doesn't suck on a Mac!

    2. Hardware: Not gonna bother you with tech specs, but I will say they are powerful little guys. Mainly the Pro lineup. And it gives you what you need, easy to use MIDI setup, SD Card Reader (In the MBPro), decent speakers (but you will need externals), Firewire, Optical Drive, etc, etc... Overall, a Mac is a nice setup with almost NO configuration.

    3. Iconic-ness: Macs are THE music computer, That's why there is a lot of software, AND apple even caters to the DJ/MusicProd Crowd.

    Hope you choose a Mac!

    EDIT: Mixxx, arguably the greatest free dj software is on the Mac App Store. I use it. You should get it.
  4. gonnabuyamacbsh macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2010
    I worked for two years in a very big club in nyc and among the famous guest djs that we had it was about 50/50 mac and pc. Actually surprised me but you've got to understand that people will use what they are comfortable with and grew up with. Macbooks are known for artists though so it's a safe bet.
  5. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Better software is available
    More reliability - if your computer crashes, you're SOL.
  6. polobreaka macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2009
    Huntington Beach, CA
    i find that mac runs serato much smoother than it did on a PC laptop.

    its been very reliable for me on a mac. i dont think i can go back to windows for any production related stuff.

    plus i use my mac for photo editing work, so having 1 system to do 2 type of work.
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  8. polobreaka macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2009
    Huntington Beach, CA
    mbp is more powerful than mb/mba for audio production work.

    mb/mba is good enough for serato/tracktor type software. theres nothing wrong with that.
  9. MPB11 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    Thanks for the replies guys. As i said, I'm planning on using Ableton and/or Logic pro on my next laptop, I'm definitly interested in apple products but for me it'll be a switch + I do not plan on djing with it pretty but I'll use it for production. Ableton and logic require a good computer, but you guys are getting me conviced that mbps are the right choice. I hesitate between the 13 and the 15 because portability is important for me but the thing that bugs me is that the 13 only has one input/output slot .....ish.

    P.S.: those rumors about the optical drive being taken off the mpbs scareeeeeeeees me ahah. I burn a lot.
  10. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007

    Macs got that lo latency man-right out the box. Firewire.
    Plus that sexy stage presence i mean, come on, even this powerbook rocks the house:


    It's not for DJs only either, unless DJ Ballmer counts:
  11. gooner44 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    I'm a Dj, and I use a MBP. I've never had any problems, using Serato Scratch Live, it works like a dream. I can't say that it will be better than using a PC (as I've never done any audio on one), but for me it just works.

    Are you going to use your computer for djing? Serato/Traktor? or just production?

    The fact is, having a mac/pc isn't going to make the difference between being a great and terrible producer/DJ. If you're good at producing/djing, you can do it on anything. So buying a mac for £2000 vs a pc for £1000 (or whatever price!) wont cross the line between good and bad producer.

    Having said that, I wouldnt use anything but a mac! It's what I know and love. But, if you're good with PCs then maybe stick with that?

    hope there was at least SOME help there!
  12. MPB11 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    I won't use it really much for djing 'cause I just love the good old mixing (pioneer mixer and cd player + vinyls) but maybe I'll give it a try sooner or later.

    And of course, this thread helps in my reflection. ;)
  13. iamrawr macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2010
    New Jersey
    this could be a little random but software-wise, windows 7 doesn't support multiple audio outputs natively.
  14. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    I remember when I used to see all these fancy set I just see a silver slate with a glowing apple and speakers. I wouldn't even question it just sip the koolaid its not that bad. There fast, they won't crash at embarrassing times and they are music friendly. You've got iTunes and 1000's of freeware. I just recently started doing some music editing and it just felt a million times cool on a mac than on a windows computer, I think that alone is enough at least for me.
  15. gofightlose macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    from my experience doing live audio/visual stuff, macs have been more reliable. As others have said when your computer crashes it is very embarrassing. Also battery is a noticeable issue, once the plug fell out of my pc and it died after half an hour during a show, macs definitely have way more battery power.
    Software and compatibility are also a big thing. I would spend 40 minutes configuring drivers and the software and all that crap, with mac it was all plug and play.
  16. aussiedj macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2008
    I'm a DJ. I use a MBP 17". But I only DJ with vinyl, so I use an Apogee Duet for recording from the mixer. Which is great because it doesn't crash mid-set. Also you should look at getting an external sound card like the Apogee Duet. I have mine running out to studio monitors & the Analogue to Digital converters in it are second to none, which is great when I produce on Ableton.
  17. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  18. MPB11 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    The Apogee Duet really seems to be a must.
  19. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
    adobe audition is for windows too...just throwing that out there...

    but, dont music fanatics use logic?
  20. blueprint1983 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2007
    I use CDJ1000mk3s with a Xone 92 so I'm not using a laptop but I used to use Ableton w/ my Macbook pro and had zero problems performing live.

    Quite frankly, i just hate bringing my laptop to a club.

    To answer your question, it's mostly because of stability.
  21. McBeats macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    I'm a dj and producer... I've done djing on plenty of laptops. Traktor, Serato, Ableton (with Akai APC40)... With my buddy, we use a $400 17" acer from 3 years ago... last week, I used serato last minute on my girlfriend's macbook. I previously owned a macbook pro and used serato on that (until the mbp broke)...

    Truth is, just use anything powerful enough... and make sure it wont die on you mid-set lol... If to you that means go get a macbook for "reliability" or whatever, then go ahead, but I personally (with plenty experience) find that not to be the case.

    frankly what I'm saying is, just because its "macbook pro" doesn't mean its going to be reliable live (I use PC live all the time, works great). But, it does somewhat guarentee enough power/performance to handle things.
  22. McBeats macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    huge point. #1 reason why I still wanna stay CDJ. :) Just one extra thing to break/lose/get beer spilled on it at a club
  23. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Not if other applications, that suit them better, are out there. ProTools for example. Or Ableton Live.
  24. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    Ignore the rumors. Those that talk don't know, and those that know don't talk.
  25. MPB11 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    I like your point, being an cd/vinyl dj, burning is essential to me.

    This PC vs MBP discussion(from a dj point of view) is quite interresting!

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