Logic Pro 9 Help for new user buying a suitable Mac


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First I'm going to apologise for the length of this post (trying to get as much information in as possible) and also apologise for a subject that your all probably sick of talking about but I need some help.

I'm new to the forum, the Mac world and most importantly Logic. I was hoping a few of you could help me understand a few things before I purchase my first Mac.

The sole purpose I am buying a Mac for is to learn Logic 9. I will not be using it for anything else and as such it does not need to be the "best", will be second hand and just something I can learn Logic 9 in depth before investing a lot more money.
The music partners I work with have decided to move imminently from Ableton to Logic and are soon going to invest heavily in training courses. Unfortunately my financial circumstances aren't great so have had to research the cheapest most efficient way of running Logic 9.

I realise that to run Logic 9 requires Mac OS X v.10.6.8.

However after looking through old posts, I've found that it's possible to install Logic 9.0, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 on ppc macs. Plenty of people saying that it all worked fine (some had to install it using Pacifist instead of the official installer). Only problem is it didn't install Soundtrack Pro & maybe Compressor. This isn't a problem for me. So... sounds all good so far except that these posts are 3 - 4 years old. I then came across someone saying this: "You eventually will get locked out, once Apple recompiles the code, but right now it is still universal binary. However, it is unsupported."(2009).

Has this happened since then? Or can I still get away with doing this?

Also if I can do this, will I be able to use NI Komplete and swap/share all my work with others?

Here's a link to one of the computers I'm considering buying as it is cheap and already has Logic 9 installed so should do the job:


Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Ross.
Although the price is appealing, be aware that you will sooner than later encounter problems... AFAIK Logic is now available only from downloads, which implies some "hand-shake" with the Apple Store, which most probably will cause glitches (at best...). Therefore dont expect being able to update.
Logic's learning curve is steep, to say the least. So if you are struggling with hardware issues, your experience will soon become a nightmare... Logic has evolved from 9.02 to 9.1.8 to solve issues that you will have to struggle with. And most likely (understandably and usefully), the available trainings are provided with the most recent Logic 9 version... Take a look at the Release Notes to give you an idea of what I mean.
Investing in a cheap system that will be of little (and flawed) use would not be a wise choice if you actually plan to commit to Logic.
At the moment, it seems that the most reliable configuration is OS X 10.6.8 and Logic 9.1.8. So I would recommend that you go for an Intel based Mac.
Opt for as many CPU cores and big RAM you can afford and you would really appreciate the performance of SSD drives...
Also, NI plugins are notorious to be CPU resource devourers...
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Thanks for the reply mate, very useful!
I think I will just bite the bullet and wait a little longer to find a better machine at the right price.
Cheers for the help.
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