Purchase advice: Mac Book Pro any better for Live?

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Purchase advice: Mac Book Pro any better for Live?

Post by milka » Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:02 am

hi ,
contemplating bying MacBook Pro but doubt
if it will work well with Live 5.2 and Reason?

on my iBook G4 1Mhz i can run Live ( 2 tracks) and Reason Rewired ( Instruments) almost on the limit of my CPU, have few sound dropouts
when play Reason Sampler intencively on my Korg Kontrol 49.. :(

Will switching to Intel MacBook Pro give me me more stability and power?

any real life opinions, any issues ?

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Post by apfEID » Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:34 am

it should provide an absolutely huge increase in power, especially if you upgrade to live 6 (multi-core support)

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Re: Purchase advice: Mac Book Pro any better for Live?

Post by glitchrock-buddha » Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:04 am

milka wrote:hi ,
contemplating bying MacBook Pro but doubt
if it will work well with Live 5.2 and Reason?

on my iBook G4 1Mhz i can run Live ( 2 tracks) and Reason Rewired ( Instruments) almost on the limit of my CPU, have few sound dropouts
when play Reason Sampler intencively on my Korg Kontrol 49.. :(

Will switching to Intel MacBook Pro give me me more stability and power?

any real life opinions, any issues ?

ciao - milka
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Post by Atomikat » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:31 am

It will work great, unless you have a cracked version of Reason and can't update.(3.05 needed).

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Post by yourmom » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:03 am

you should see literally 10x the performance you are getting now with an intel mbp.

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Post by mooncaine » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:26 am

yourmom wrote:you should see literally 10x the performance you are getting now with an intel mbp.
Of course, that will mean nothing to you unless you actually have a use for the extra power. More tracks, more effects, for example. Otherwise, your track will still pretty much play at the same BPM and audio quality as on the older machine, so more power does nothing for you there, right? [I'm asking everybody, that is].

If you don't need that, why not stick with what works?

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Post by DJ VAKIS » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:54 am

Yes go for it.
I have beter performance with macbookpro than my old G4 powerbook 1.5Ghz.Live version 5.2.2.
I am waiting Live6 for multicore support (':D')
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Post by lummux » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:59 am

Don't forget though that if you are sicking with Live 5 you will need to purchase the Universal Binary

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Post by milka » Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:54 pm

apfEID wrote:it should provide an absolutely huge increase in power, especially if you upgrade to live 6 (multi-core support)
well i am a bit scared to upgrade - stability is n1 priority for me when onstage...
so i would wait till 6 will be tested anough,
for now 5 works fine.
to go Intel or to stay G4 is a dillema still..
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Post by milka » Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:57 pm

DJ VAKIS wrote:Yes go for it.
I have beter performance with macbookpro than my old G4 powerbook 1.5Ghz.Live version 5.2.2.
I am waiting Live6 for multicore support (':D')

what exactly you do notice in terms of performance improvement on Intel MacBookPro + Live ?

Are there any annoying issues, crashes, hardware probs you came across so far?
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Post by milka » Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:59 pm

mooncaine wrote:
yourmom wrote:you should see literally 10x the performance you are getting now with an intel mbp.
Of course, that will mean nothing to you unless you actually have a use for the extra power. More tracks, more effects, for example. Otherwise, your track will still pretty much play at the same BPM and audio quality as on the older machine, so more power does nothing for you there, right? [I'm asking everybody, that is].

If you don't need that, why not stick with what works?
well i do use Live with Reason Rewired .. so extra power would be appreciated.

Live alone works fine though on iBook G4 1 Mhz
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Post by milka » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:00 pm

apfEID wrote:it should provide an absolutely huge increase in power, especially if you upgrade to live 6 (multi-core support)
i havent tested 6 yet, anyone (betatesters) could comment on multi-core support?
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Post by formatk » Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:50 pm

I got a MacBook, rather than MacBook Pro... the Beta's open my files and use half the CPU they did in 5.2.2 My advice is buy a MacBook and max it out with 2GB RAM rather than the pro. performance on both machines is the same for the 2ghz versions. Also, I quite like the plastic casing rather than the aluminium... id don't dent when gigging!

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Post by Machinate » Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:52 pm

formatk wrote:Also, I quite like the plastic casing rather than the aluminium... id don't dent when gigging!
That's right, it cracks...
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Post by the unknown wanderer » Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:56 pm

formatk wrote:I got a MacBook, rather than MacBook Pro... the Beta's open my files and use half the CPU they did in 5.2.2 My advice is buy a MacBook and max it out with 2GB RAM rather than the pro. performance on both machines is the same for the 2ghz versions. Also, I quite like the plastic casing rather than the aluminium... id don't dent when gigging!
i think my black one looks the part never mind the performance, i just spend most of the time looking at it, i dont care how it performs

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