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    Black Macbook OR low end Macbook Pro for music production???
    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.
    Macbook 2.4ghz, 250GB HDD, 4GB ram
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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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    IMAC 20"!! WOOH YEAH!! 2gb ram - 250gb hd 2.16ghz core 2 duo
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Nique View Post
    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.

    Mike

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Nique View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bitshiftr View Post
    I'll paint your MacBook for $100...
    Heck, I'll paint it for $10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knyt View Post
    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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