Which Mac Pro for Logic Pro..?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by studioacoustics, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. studioacoustics macrumors newbie

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    Hi...

    I've been using a Power Mac G5 for Logic, but need to upgrade to use my UAD-2 card and Logic Studio 9... the question is what is the best machine within reason to go for? A slower dual processor 8 core system of faster single core quad or six core?

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks...

    Daz.:confused:
     
  2. Mac Composer macrumors member

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    I can't answer your specific question other than to say I'm running Logic 9 on a MBP, 2.66 i7, 8 GBs. I'm running 50+ tracks of virtual instruments, with a lot of FX. My samples are all installed on a separate drive, but I'm not even getting a hiccup with playback. Smooth as silk.
     
  3. Joe Bannon macrumors regular

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  4. aced411 macrumors 6502

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    Actually you'll get the best performance with the single CPU Mac Pro. Logic doesn't do a good job of multiprocessing. It's beats up one core for most tasks. There is supposedly a way to leverage other cores/cpu's by routing tracks through different buses or something to that effect, but that's a ridiculous solution. I'd really only recommend the multi cpu pro's for those using Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects or if you're doing a lot of encoding.

    On a 2009 Mac Pro single quad, I've had 45+ tracks (combination of audio and virtual instruments) all with multiple plugins running and it doesn't even flinch.
     
  5. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    3.33 ghz i7 6-core is better than a 2.4 ghz 8-core Mac Pro for Logic imo. You want each core to be fast too so none will hit their ceiling.
     
  6. Joe Bannon macrumors regular

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    Alright, then.... more of the best processors, the better.
     

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