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Hi gang,

I feel lucky to be here with the Mac gurus. It's time to trade in my 2006 MB with the scratched screen for a new MBP, and I'd love some advice from y'all.

In our home studio we're running ProTools and a bunch of plug-ins, and our old iMac is taking the hits.

So this new laptop will probably replace both my MB for my daily online work and pinch-hit in the studio as well.

For the ProTools stuff, we need a beefier machine, so I need to juggle a bit.

I've got limited $ but my main question is the diff. between the high-end 13-incher and the low-end 15-incher.

Mainly, I need to know if the 15-incher's i7 quad core is all that (for my purposes of ProTools and music editing -- also maybe some miminal graphics/vid work in the future on Photoshop & Final Cut Pro). Can't afford anything higher but I could stretch to that one if it would make a big diff. over the dual core.

That said, I'd bump the 6 up to 8 on my own, but is it worth any of the other bells and whistles? And any other suggs. for this setup? Pretty simple, with an 003 rack outboard and a coupla drives for backup (I'll be looking at the LaCie TB when it drops this summer, for sure -- we've been having some transfer issues on the iMac ProTools files as well).

Big thanks, all, for any advice you may care to offer.
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Not a guru, but if I was looking at doing any graphics intensive work I would go for the 15 in MBP and upgrade RAM later when/if I needed it.

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good to see some people still using Pro Tools over the beefed-up-garageband that is logic.

the new 13" i5 processor will be perfect for your pro tools sessions. but hey, if you have the money, get the 15", cause you miss the screen real estate (crouching down on a 3 hour session is awful.)

if you are a portable musician, you may want to think about the pro tools 9 update: it has native support, meaning you dont have to carry your stupid mbox around with you all the time just to open the app.

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As I often do, I'd recommend that you look to updating your ProTools to the latest version to match your new hardware. There were some big changes in the most recent version. Of course, you may have done this already, but I'm just sayin'.
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