What do you think about the MacBook Pro 16 inches in its 1TO, core i9 2.3, 16gb configuration for music production ?
(Logic X, Kontakt, Falcon, Ableton, Ozone, Max etc) + (occasional 3D with Blender, video editing, Fusion, Eagle. )
Would you buy it as your main computer/central piece of the homestudio ? A trusty piece of hardware ? (something that hopefully might last at least 5 years or more ? )
If so, would you change the basic configuration, RAM, GPU ram ? All the reviews on internet mention Video editing, Resolve etc but this is not something I often do. Or maybe this MBP 16 is just « too much » for music production I don’t know and you would get something more « reasonable »
My main computer (iMac 27 2012, i7 quad core 3.4 8gb) cannot be repaired and I’m now struggling to find its replacement. I’m thinking I could get a MacBook Pro 16 inches (i9 8 cores 2.3 16GB 1To) instead of buying another iMac. My question is more « should I buy a MacBook or stick with the IMac ? » I hope it’s ok to ask in this thread
The specs are attracting and 16 inches display is not the 27 I was used to but theres always the « external monitor » option for displaying a large Logic session. But I’m afraid of the (fan) noise the computer might produce in my humble homestudio. that’s my main concern actually, the noise of the fans, overheat etc
Apple seems to have improved the cooling system on this laptop but it’s hard to know if a « normal » DAW session with a few cpu hungry vst instruments or Max will overheat the computer… I know it’s a very recent machine but maybe some of you have already bought one…
On top of that, at some point I might have to get an external monitor and I’m wondering if his kind of setup produce even more heat and noise.
Who is using a laptop + external 4K display in the music studio ? Is this a viable solution ?
I know there is always the « refurbished » Mac solution, that was my first thought but the warranty lasts only 6 months and machines (the notorious 2015 for example) with good specs are not so cheap (around 2000€), the gap between a full spec machine from 2015 and a new one is « relatively small » and I know the repairs can cost a lot when/if the machine simply can be repaired… :-(((
In the case I buy one of these new Mac I’ll also have to upgrade to Live 10 because they come with Catalina and Live 9 doesn’t work with Catalina. Also the cost of the adapters or Thunderbolt dock… Arghh, I don’t like this situation…