Logic Studio and Your Old Macbook



Can you use your old Macbook (not the Macbook Pro) as a mobile recording studio?

It’s a well-known fact that computers are getting faster and faster and it seems that Moore’s law has no limit, at least for the next 10 years or so.

The fact that you can setup your studio to go with you has become an old topic, for years laptop computers have been able to cope with live recording and/or performance and surely you remember seeing DJs and all kinds of musicians boasting those little computers on stage.

About your little Macbook and Logic Studio on the road… the answer is YES, there is also a limit but so far I’ve been able to record up to 16 tracks simultaneously, (I could not record more because of I/O limitations).

Most of you will be curious to know how many effects you can cram into a project but honestly, it depends, if you want to have 32 tracks with a Space Designer effect on each I’m sure some coughing will begin…

Check out this fellow who doesn’t seem to have a problem basing his entire home studio on a white Macbook.

It seems that most Macbooks are within the scope of minimal requirements:

Minimum requirements to install all applications

  • Mac computer with a 1.25GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor (PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, or Intel Xeon processor highly recommended)
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB or more highly recommended)
  • Display with 1024-by-768 resolution (1280-by-800 or higher recommended)
  • Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later
  • QuickTime 7.2 or later
  • DVD drive for installation
  • PCI Express, ExpressCard/34, USB, or FireWire based audio interface recommended

No doubt a desktop system would give you a better performance but you cannot lug your desktop computer everywhere you go, can you?


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