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What is the cheapest MacBook for Live 9?

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:49 am
by guitar346
I typically use a maxed out Macbook Pro 2017. I don't want to travel with it. Will a bottom end MacBook or Macbook Air be sufficient for Live 9? Basic stuff like editing.

Re: What is the cheapest MacBook for Live 9?

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:33 am
by Tarekith
Defintely, any Mac from the lasty 6-7 years is probably fine for basic stuff.

Re: What is the cheapest MacBook for Live 9?

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:38 am
by antic604
guitar346 wrote:I typically use a maxed out Macbook Pro 2017. I don't want to travel with it. Will a bottom end MacBook or Macbook Air be sufficient for Live 9? Basic stuff like editing.
Editing of what? Full projects that you've done on MBP '17?

You probably know what your MBP '17 is capable of in terms of maximum load, so just work down from there reducing the number of cores, frequency and memory to get to your lowest acceptable spec. Personally I'd hesitate from going to the lowest m3/m5 models, but the entry i5 should be good enough. Going just by the number of cores & clock (avg. of normal and boost), the MacBook i5 should give you 1/3 of maxed out MBP '17 and MacBook m5 should be around 1/4, which are easily translatable into number of tracks, plugins, etc.

Re: What is the cheapest MacBook for Live 9?

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:48 pm
by Stromkraft
antic604 wrote:Going just by the number of cores & clock (avg. of normal and boost), the MacBook i5 should give you 1/3 of maxed out MBP '17 and MacBook m5 should be around 1/4, which are easily translatable into number of tracks, plugins, etc.
I really think 4 cores should always be minimum with Live. I can see that a duocore i5 may be good enough for mixing audio tracks, depending on what one puts on these, but for software instrumentation I really think you need a minimum of 4 cores for a full track. And I'm a minimalist in many ways.

Re: What is the cheapest MacBook for Live 9?

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:05 pm
by wascal
I can vouch for a Macbook Pro mid 2012 handling Live and multiple instances of UHe Dive etc easily.

Re: What is the cheapest MacBook for Live 9?

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:50 pm
by Stromkraft
wascal wrote:I can vouch for a Macbook Pro mid 2012 handling Live and multiple instances of UHe Dive etc easily.
That's not being specific. A 13" with a duocore CPU and a 15" with a quadcore are two totally different machines from a performance perspective.

I think the OP has to realize that one cannot overgeneralize these things. It all comes down to the actual projects and their makeup.

Re: What is the cheapest MacBook for Live 9?

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:26 pm
by wascal
Stromkraft wrote:
wascal wrote:I can vouch for a Macbook Pro mid 2012 handling Live and multiple instances of UHe Dive etc easily.
That's not being specific. A 13" with a duocore CPU and a 15" with a quadcore are two totally different machines from a performance perspective.

I think the OP has to realize that one cannot overgeneralize these things. It all comes down to the actual projects and their makeup.
True - Its a Quadcore i7 with 16gb in it + an SSD instead of the standard drive, which is now installed as a 2nd HDD instead of the CD Drive. Had a quick check on Gumtree and you're looking at about £650-800 for that kind of spec 2nd hand.