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Logic 9 Any 1 used logic audio on a mac mini?

Discussion in 'Logic 9' started by converted, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. converted

    converted New Member

    I'm thinking about buying a mac and a mini mac would be a good ebtry level
    for me (price wise) + I like the size as it can be mobile,

    Has anyone used a mini mac with logic? did run ok?
  3. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    I don't do that, but I know people who do successfully. It really depends on what you're trying to run. The chip is not that of a Mac Pro, nor the memory, so don't expect similar results for tons of plug-ins and effects.
  4. K2BT

    K2BT New Member

    I use Logic 9 Express on my Mini Mac with no problems, but I also upped the memory to 4GB. The mini is a great computer and it has never given me any problems since I bought it over a year ago. Hope this helps.........
  5. robgb

    robgb Member

    I started out with a Mac Mini. It'll work fine for simple Logic projects, and I used it for about a year but quickly found that I wanted a lot more power.

    My advice: Logic is SUCH a powerful program, with so much to offer -- it really is the finest DAW I've ever used (and I've used them all) -- that you'd probably be doing yourself a huge favor in investing the money in a good system.

    So save up some pennies and get yourself a Quad core iMac with lots of RAM. iMacs are actually the best bang for the buck when it comes to Macs. I know the Mini is tempting, but if you can spend a little more and get a Quad iMac, you won't regret it.
  6. converted

    converted New Member

    What about the drive speeds?

    I thought mini mac uses 5400rpm drives?

    any issues
  7. robgb

    robgb Member

    I don't know what the drive speeds are on the current Minis, but 5400 worked "okay" for me. As long as your project isn't too demanding.
  8. tcfrombn

    tcfrombn New Member

    I'm also very interested in this, I just registered in these forums because of this topic.

    I am looking to go from sonar 8.5 PE to logic studio 9 (mostly because of the midi environment being so much more friendly), and I would need to buy a brand new mac to do this.

    I've got my eyes on a mac mini, I would immediately be looking at 4gb of ram of course, and the 2.26ghz c2d proc.

    I'm sometimes pushing (not to the 100%) my (aging) 2ghz core2quad on my pc machine with my projects. And I understand this is somewhat a downgrade performance wise.

    Is logic a very power hungry environment on its own? Or is the program itself pretty light on the loading? I'm not talking about plugins, etc. I'm not afraid to freeze tracks, but if anybody has had experience doing a lot of VIs on the mini, I'd love to know what kind of workload it can handle.
  9. converted

    converted New Member

  10. shreddersinc

    shreddersinc Member

    Mini's are due for a refresh, wait if you can.

    I think, I read somewhere that you can take out the optical drive and put in another hard drive. Connecting the optical via firewire ? Possible by some third party kit?

    To be limited to a max of 4gb of ram sucks, although I have heard of people running logic only and getting upwards of 50 tracks. Again that is hear say so I really don't know if that's true.

    Good luck,
    and if you do decide to get the mini let me know how it works out, cause I was considering it before i chickened out and went with the Imac i7.
  11. tcfrombn

    tcfrombn New Member

    yeah, i think i'm actually going to go with the imac base model instead. how is logic working with the i7?
  12. shreddersinc

    shreddersinc Member

    only had the imac 3 days, then noticed a small crack in the glass--apple is replacing the whole unit.
    Never had a chance to install logic 9, although before I sent it back--I had to see if I could crash it. Approx. 15 tracks garage band "loaded" and playing, 1 hi-def video playing, i-tunes playing, Superior Drummer 2 playing, ton of Safari pages open, running apps from the dock and a couple more things I can't remember.So I checked the activity monitor , said it had 85% CPU available :eeek::D I gave up. I know this wasn't a proper test but I was very impressed.
  13. tcfrombn

    tcfrombn New Member

    very impressive. i could only hope to achieve performance near that level with the base c2d on the imac. 2k is too much for me to throw down on just the computer, so the i7 is off limits for now. :(
  14. converted

    converted New Member

    So the current mac Mini are not the new spec??
  15. shreddersinc

    shreddersinc Member

    Lucky you they were just refreshed today!!!!! 6/15/10
    before I buy a mac I check out--_Mac rumors buyers guide
  16. shreddersinc

    shreddersinc Member

    Now you can have up to 8gb ram, and the mac mini snow leopard server cruises at 7200 rmps sweet upgrade:) they should have increased the hard drive speed on the regular mac mini though. I wonder how hard it would be to change that hard drive?
  17. converted

    converted New Member

    It looks like it will be really easy to change the drive but it might depend if at 5400 to 7200 speed would demand much more power?

    I'm not sure about the power supply

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