Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

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Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

Post by nemethchek0 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:14 pm

I want to buy a Apple MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid-2012. I use Ableton Live and Max for live. Is this processor enough for it (Intel Core i5-3210M 2.50GHz)?

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Re: Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

Post by jlgrimes » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:47 pm

I dont have much experience with i5 processors but I know you definitely need a quad core if you plan on using soft synths.

I bought a 2014 core i7 mac dual core. Pretty decent for just audio work but most modern softsynths brings it to its knees.

Reaktor Polyplex even gave it trouble.

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Re: Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

Post by AsleG » Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:12 pm

I am using a iMac 27 late 2012 i5 core.
This has been working fine until 2 weeks ago when I after downloading the latest Arturia V-collection update, has had problems with performance when having more than a few V-collection instruments in my set.

I would suggest getting a bigger screen though, if that is your only working platform, as I imagine 13 inches can be crowded.

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Re: Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

Post by nemethchek0 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:04 pm

AsleG wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:12 pm
I am using a iMac 27 late 2012 i5 core.
This has been working fine until 2 weeks ago when I after downloading the latest Arturia V-collection update, has had problems with performance when having more than a few V-collection instruments in my set.

I would suggest getting a bigger screen though, if that is your only working platform, as I imagine 13 inches can be crowded.
I would use it with 21,5 inch desktop monitor.

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Re: Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

Post by jestermgee » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:35 pm

When looking at something to power modern software, a 7 year old computer is not something I would personally ever sink my money into even with the Apple name on it, especially an older i5 mobile processor.

Just set your expectation bar very, very low and expect nothing from any modern synth you load into it, maybe just audio.

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Re: Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

Post by jlgrimes » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:24 pm

jestermgee wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:35 pm
When looking at something to power modern software, a 7 year old computer is not something I would personally ever sink my money into even with the Apple name on it, especially an older i5 mobile processor.

Just set your expectation bar very, very low and expect nothing from any modern synth you load into it, maybe just audio.
I was thinking that too. Especially a 7 year old core i5. If you get a old computer, I would definitely make sure it is core i7 quad.

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Re: Is MacBookPro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid2012 recommended for Ableton live + Max for live?

Post by [jur] » Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:13 pm

Find an i7 instead and you’ll be perfectly fine for Live’s stock devices and m4l.
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