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I'm very much a newbie here. I had a month or so's experience with Macs at the Red Bull Music Academy last year and found that the apps were very musician friendly. I also noticed that everybody was using Macs.
My step daughter is very much into singing/songwriting and getting to the stage where a portable Mac becomes a requirement.
So, my question is; Should we be looking at a New Macbook or something higher specked that is almost new or do we go for something quite a lot older but is top spec?
We have about 1000 Euros. Is a Pro worth the extra cash? and if so, is an older pro worth getting? Weight is less of a potential problem than useability/apps etc as carrying it around will only be occasional.
We also have a Roland keyboard, will it be possible to hook this up to the Mac.
Any advice gratefully received.
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I would say a minimum requirement would be a top spec Powerbook G4, but given that your budget is higher than the cost of one of those, I would go for the best spec machine you can afford. I wouldn't personally say that a Pro is better for your needs than a high spec Macbook to be honest though.
Connecting the keyboard will depend on it's outputs but you should have no problem, as there are many ways (midi, line-in, etc)
If she is serious about the music though, she's going to need some good software, so bear in mind the costs involved there too. Logic and Cubase, as examples, aren't cheap.

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in my opinion, the pro is well worth the extra cash and its resonably better than the macbook. i bought my powerbook g4 off of ebay for 900 dollars when it was still never and the guy was a dj, it included a lot of music editing software like reason and garageband. im just saying that a high end powerbook g4 will meet your requirements as well.try to get something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-PowerBook-G4-A1013-17-Leopard-1GHz-1-GB-60GB-HDD_W0QQitemZ250428051811QQcmdZViewItemQQptZApple_ Laptops?hash=item3a4eacd163&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_ trkparms=72%3A1240|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A131 8|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50
of course, try to aim for higher specs as it will help you in the future, many programs require more proccesor speeds
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That's what I reckoned. I'm pretty sure that it has a MIDI out.
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USB to MIDI cable then, like this one:

M-AUDIO - Uno - 1-In/1-Out USB Bus-Powered MIDI Interface

It's a good basic cable, but works well (I use one for Drums).

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This seems to be a fairly high spec. Opinions?
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And this seems to be too good to be true!
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That does seem to be too good to be true. I paid more for my G4 Powerbook!
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I would say a minimum requirement would be a top spec Powerbook G4, but given that your budget is higher than the cost of one of those, I would go for the best spec machine you can afford. I wouldn't personally say that a Pro is better for your needs than a high spec Macbook to be honest though.
Connecting the keyboard will depend on it's outputs but you should have no problem, as there are many ways (midi, line-in, etc)
If she is serious about the music though, she's going to need some good software, so bear in mind the costs involved there too. Logic and Cubase, as examples, aren't cheap.
I may well be able to get some of this software from muso friends that had a Mac that went pop. I need to talk to them this pm.
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