Logic Pro 8 Logic on Macbook?

#1
My employer is giving me a new laptop (2.4 GHz Macbook) and I'm thinking of buying Logic since it's incredibly cheap to upgrade from my old PC version. I haven't used Logic since then but at that price I'd like to have it as an option to my main DAW.

So, my question is: How well would it run on the Macbook?
 

Orren Merton

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#2
So, my question is: How well would it run on the Macbook?
Incredibly well! That's faster than the MacBook Pro that I have, and it runs Logic Pro 8 incredibly well. If you have projects with huge track amounts, you'll need a FW drive, but I can play 60+ tracks off of my internal 7200RPM drive without a hitch. You'll love it! :thmbup:

Orren
 
#3
Orren,

Thanks. I was hoping that would be the answer. Strangely however, the new MacBooks don't have FW, just USB.
 
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Sascha Franck

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Incredibly well! That's faster than the MacBook Pro that I have, and it runs Logic Pro 8 incredibly well. If you have projects with huge track amounts, you'll need a FW drive, but I can play 60+ tracks off of my internal 7200RPM drive without a hitch.
I made a test a while ago. On my white Macbook 2.4 (4GB RAM), I can run around 150 stereo tracks in 24bit/44.1kHz from the internal (5400RPM) drive.
Starting Logic and navigating it becomes very slow at that amount of tracks, but it's still working.

- Sascha
 
#10
It would appear that the macbooks run Logic Pro real SLOW! No one seems to know why.
That's not my experience with the MacBook I was originally talking about. I'm now running on a MacBookPro (17", 2.8 GHz) and, even with no external drive, I'm getting good results. I suppose it depends on what you are expecting but all of the Logic 8/9 demos run without hitch and to me that's a good indication.

Can't comment on the current crop of polycarb MacBooks but, is there any reason to believe that they are architecturally different from the MacBook Pros?
 
#11
As I have now discovered, you are correct. Logic Pro 8 runs perfect on a MBP ... Logic Pro 9 does not. So as long as you stick to 8 - you're good!
 
#12
The new Macbooks still have Firewire but only the Macbook Pro 17".

Also in my personal opinion you don't actually need firewire for your drive. I have numerous releases on labels and keep all my samples, track, files on an extrenal USB drive and it works just as well for me.. I do however use the Firewire port for my T.C. Electronics Audio card.

Best of luck and have fun.. Logic kicks ASS!

I have a 2.8 Macbook Pro 17" unibody..
 
#14
Ah cool. I didnt know. I thought only the 17" that's great news!!

I would say for music. go with a macbook pro if your gona do big audio production.. just make sure ot get as much am as you can afford (after market). For the first time ever I actually feel like this can really be the last computer I will own. I don't feel like I ever need a different machine.. really.. what a great feeling huh?
 
#15
i run logic studio 8 on my white macbook (which has firewire, btw - a great way to hook up an apogee duet) and I doubled the RAM and added a 250gb HD) and it runs fine. I can slow it down with a lot of tracks (combination audio and midi) and if i use a lot of plugins, but for the most part it works great. If I run into trouble, I just freeze whatever tracks I don't need to mess with and it works.

before I upgraded the RAM, it was a good bit slower. then, I would track stuff in Logic Express then open it in Pro for mixing/effects/mastering -- but since I upgraded the RAM, I've had no problems
 
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