Question for Mac users


#1

Hey guys! I want to change my PC to Macbook/Macbook Pro. I have never used Mac before, so I have a few questions: what system specs does your Mac have? What DAW do you use? Does it have bugs? Any suggestions from your side? I’ll be grateful for all of your answers. Thanks! :slight_smile:


#2
  • Macbook Pro 13’’ Retina (Mid-2014) Core i5 2.6 Ghz (8 GB Ram) for work while travelling. And i connect it to external monitor while in studio.
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Yes it has bugs.

If you don’t have any problems with your current setup, i would recommend make music instead :wink:


#3

My PC is working very well, but I need something smaller. The reason I want to buy Mac is the same as yours: working while traveling. Thanks for your answer!


#4

One thing to consider. If you work with heavy orchestral arrangements then 16GB is a must :wink:


#5

I have 16 gb of ram in my PC and sometimes that’s not enough. I know it depends a lot on software optimization. Some people are saying that 16gb on Mac OS is completely different thing, than 16gb on Windows. But I need to check that information before buying. :slight_smile:


#6

Hi @FortyTwoStudio, I’ll second @Enrize with the 16GB but also if you are planning on using libraries like Kontakt you will need plenty of space and the stock 250 GB SSD’s become pretty limiting after a while.

I’m using a top of the line MacBook Pro retina (2.8GHz i7, 1TB SSD, 2GB Graphics) and it runs superbly using Logic Audio. Doesn’t skip a beat even when pushed hard, but if I need something a bit more powerful I have a 32GB Ram equipped Mac Pro Cylinder. I use it heaps for video work, but for the majority of my other stuff the MacBook Pro works a treat.


#7

I use a 2011 Macbook Pro 13" 2.7 GHz Intel i7 with 16 GB ram and a 512 Gb SSD. Logic X is the DAW I use and it has some bugs I’ve heard but nothing that I notice in the day to day use. I’m still on OSX 10.9.5, Mavericks because its working so well. I think SSD is a must these days and as much RAM as possible.


#8

And yes you are right with the software optimisation. The nice thing about Apple designing both the OS and the hardware is that they can tweak the system to run more efficiently because they don’t need to code for a massive range of different hardware (mobo’s, graphics chipsets, usb controllers).
You may have to do a bit of research on the compatibility of your audio interface though. I had problems with a Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL that had incompatibilities with the USB system (it was designed for USB 2 so spat the dummy when plugged into USB 3). A few software revisions later and everything is running fine again, but it pays to look into it first.


#9

As for bugs, you can encounter any bugs in any software on any platform. There is no such thing as bug free software. At least i don’t know any.


#10

Yep, it’s loads more expensive! :wink:


#11

I’ve got a retina 13-inch, Mid 2014

2,6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, Intel Iris 1536 MB, 120GB Flash Storage.

Nothing to complain, can’t switch back to something else than a Mac.


#12

Mac pro 2018 intel xeon with 32 gigs of ram and mac Mini later 12 i7 with 16 gigs of ram ! believe it or not mac mini works better ! :stuck_out_tongue: but you need serious SSDs for your system to be happy and not overload when using vsts!


#13

My experience after being a PC user for 15 years and then switching to iMac, is that all is to me simpler, installations easy, and the memory is well distributed so I’ve had a good experience with Mac since the beginnings. With PC, was Protools, with iMac is LogicX. Of course all is good if you know your machine.


#14

you can still use Pro tools on Mac… i hope you know this ! :stuck_out_tongue:


#15

Thank you all for your replies! They were very useful! :blush:


#16

u can choice any mac computer this is working well , there are normally no bugs , this is intuitive and u can even use a family version and handle professional work with it …