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Black Macbook OR low end Macbook Pro for music production???


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Please, please gimme some help.

I've read the other thread with someone having a similar problem, however, i want to know if i should buy the Black Macbook or the low end Macbook Pro?

I have enough to get either, but i'm thinking would the Black Macbook run faster if i used the spare money from NOT buying the MBP to purchase 4GB RAM with it?

I'm looking to buy ASAP so any comments are much appreciated - THANKS!!
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It reeli depends: What production software/hardware are you looking to use with the notebook??

Macbook 2.4ghz, 250GB HDD, 4GB ram
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I would buy the low end MBP, but thats just me. Most audio apps dont need 4gb. Its cheap to add later anyway.
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I'll be using Reason 4, Logic 8, Pro Tools (maybe) and possibly Cubase. I also need it for word processing and storing plenty of samples!

Thanks!
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OK, So even if ur running reason and cubase simultaneously you will be ok on a macbook, but one thing to do is to get a big external drive at 7400rpm to store all ur samples, soundfonts and everything.
The only thing u may want to do is invest in a bit screen because if you are making complicated dance tunes with 10, 15 or 20 open tracks you may find it hard on a 13inch screen.

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I just got a black macbook with 4GB of ram and I'm quite happy with it =). It's smaller and lighter than the macbook pro, and almost as good if you don't think you need the extra screen space, plus about $1000 less.

I'm going to use the extra money I would have spent on the MBP on a nice big monitor to plug my macbook into while I'm at home, so it'll be almost like having a desktop and laptop in one computer (though I should probably get an external hardrive or time capsule for back up...I'm working on that).
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If you can afford it and dont mind the size get a MBP.
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I don't know about music production, but Ive seen countless bands use macbooks in the past (cant have been more then 2gb RAM)

I'm sure you'll be fine whichever you buy.

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Get the upgraded white macbook. Use the extra money to buy a bigger hard drive and midi keyboard.
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Get the upgraded white macbook. Use the extra money to buy a bigger hard drive and midi keyboard.
I second that, Reason 4 runs perfectly on my upgraded white Macbook (2.4 ghz 160gb HD 2gb RAM). Can't say I have tried the others, but i am buying either Cubase 4 or Logic 8 Pro soon so will let you know.

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I would get the macbook and buy extra ram(not from apple). With the spare cash you could get yourself a monitor, external hard drive and even an external soundcard

If you were doing video work on the move I would have suggested the MBP.
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Get the upgraded white macbook. Use the extra money to buy a bigger hard drive and midi keyboard.
Yeah, with the black MacBook you're essentially paying 100 bucks for a black paintjob. You can get a white one with the exact same specs for $1400 whereas the black one is $1500.

To my knowledge, the only difference between the low-end MBP and the high-end MB is screen size and a better video card. You don't really NEED either of those for music production, and you save $600 that you could use to buy a bigger monitor with anyway, if you wanted.
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I'll paint your MacBook for $100...

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I'll paint your MacBook for $100...
Heck, I'll paint it for $10
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I'll be using Reason 4, Logic 8, Pro Tools (maybe) and possibly Cubase. I also need it for word processing and storing plenty of samples!

Thanks!
do you really need all those DAW's?
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