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Thinking about buying a new macbook pro...

Discussion in 'Studio Techniques' started by charlie, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. charlie

    charlie Senior member

    Any advice? : )
    More specifically, I seem to remember some back & forth here or on another Logic forum about the benefit of a 7200rpm system drive... Is this right? Is a 7200rpm sys drive better than the 5200rpm?

    I like the portability of a laptop (I still use my G4 PowerBook with L7 Pro,) any feelings positive or negative, about these current MacBook Pro's with L8 Pro?

    I will be installing L8 Pro on the new MBP. I have read of the "Install Horror stories" since it came out... I saw the Forum FAQ which addressed a couple of known issues... Any other feedback before I pull the trigger will be appreciated.

    I am also considering an Apogee Duet FW interface but, don't know if it's really that necessary with all the money I'm about to throw around... ; )
    I might wait on that & just use my old interface for the time being...

    I saw the recent threads here about the MacPro Towers but the MBP's are quite different & not as powerful so, I feel it worthy of this thread.
    What can I say, I'm a nervous buyer. :rolleyes:

    Thanks in Advance!

  3. Orren Merton

    Orren Merton Logic Samurai / Administrator Staff Member

    I got a 7200rpm drive for my MBP. It has been trouble free for me, records well, and as an added bonus, since it spins faster, it's quieter.

    Works great here, although I always do my heavy lifting on my Mac Pro, but I've never had any trouble running LP8 on my MBP.

  4. Markdvc

    Markdvc Administrator Staff Member

    The current Mac Book Pros are a lot faster than the original 2006 Core Duo I am using, and I'm often amazed at how well it copes with projects recorded and mixed on my 8 core, especially after having replaced DSP Plugins from UAD and Powercore with native, thus increasing the CPU load on my "little" Mac. BTW, if track counts are important to you, they are hugely improved in 8 compared to 7.

    I presume you are referring to reports of samples missing and other issues arising after installing 8? I have done around 12 - 15 installs since L8 came out, never had a a problem. I hope your fate will be the same :)

    HTH, kind regards

  5. charlie

    charlie Senior member

  6. Markdvc

    Markdvc Administrator Staff Member

    I would have thought that a current Mac Book Pro should be able to deal with that sort of project quite well. In fairness, I'm not familiar with SoundToys, ReFX Vanguard synth and FF Twin 2 synth, so please bear that in mind. Make sure to put enough RAM in, keep pro app support, drivers etc. up to date.

    kind regards


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