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20 May 2006
I'm sure this has comeup in this forum before but I'd thought I'd ask again since I'm relatively new to Logic (and to Apple for that matter).

I was all set to get a new Mac desktop when the Intel's came out. It was going to be my Christmas present to myself. I had been thinking desktop all this time because in my mind a desktop Mac with oodles of power parked in my home studio just seemed more "pro" or "serious" than getting a Macbook. I was going to really go all out-soundproofing, racks and racks of gear, Neumann's, the whole nine.

Now I'm not so sure.

My situation: 95% VI use. The other 5% would be reserved for my limited guitar and vocal skills on audio tracks. I can see maxing out at around 25-30 Audio instruments in Logic.

I was thinking that if a 17" Macbook Pro was sufficient enough for that, why would I necessarily need a desktop? The benifits of having a laptop seem pretty nice. I can just pick up my firebox and headphones and I'm gone with basically my whole studio in tow.

Oh, and by the way, I live in a three bedroom house. Two of the bedrooms are occupied. I'm in the third (my studio). Wife wants a baby. It would be kind of stupid to build a studio instead of a baby room now anyway. That in itself may just seal the deal.

What do you guys think? 17" MB Pro or desktop? blink.gif
20 Mar 2006

I got into Cakewalk Sonar 5 about a year ago and since then haven't used any other program. I recently decided to get a Mac. I would take Sonar with me if I could (maybe v5.2) for familiarity reasons more than anything.

I've looked at other programs (Ableton Live, Logic, ProTools, Cubase SX,) and Cubase was nice but I actually settled on Digital Performer, the GUI was beautiful and it seems as though it may be easier to figure out than Logic (my real first choice). After doing a little more research I realized DP version 5 is coming out soon, but I don't know exactly when, probably in the fall.

So while I'm waiting on that, does it also make sense to wait for the new desktop Intel Macs? It seems to me it would, but since I'm a newbie here, I thought I'd ask you fine people for a little feedback.

I should also add that I do not currently have an Mac, which would make sense since I've been using Sonar.

Thank you very much,

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