Audio Production Laptop

Joseph Atanacio joesoundguy at
Tue Nov 25 11:19:55 GMT 2008

I was considering exactly this and I chose a refurb macbook.   (Black  
When purchased from apple they are warrantee them as a new box.
FW 800 is not a mandate for 'me'.  FW400 and usb 2.0 get me threw the  
day.  That, coupled with 2.4 GHz 2mb Ram and 250 G hd work for me.   
Hard drive and ram upgrades will be easy enuf in the future but get me  
threw for the next year or so.
Ardour 2.5 SAE now works really well in OSX too.
The apple product is solid.  They charge you for it.
FW800 is the MBpro only so that will bump you up a few $$ but if you  
can get by w/ FW400 I'd encourage you to consider the previous  
generation Macbook. (refurbished)

Hope this helps.

On Nov 24, 2008, at 7:16 PM, Eric Hedekar wrote:

> The new macbooks don't even have firewire until you get into the pro  
> range.  Why pay for the marketing hype?
> -Eric
> On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 11:41 AM, Karoliina Salminen <karoliina.t.salminen at 
> > wrote:
> I think you could consider a Mac. The new unibody Macbook is pretty  
> nice.
> I have the older model. It has Intel chipset, fast processor etc.  
> and you can
> install Ubuntu-Studio  on it with bootcamp. The internal audio
> hardware is pretty good,
> at least on MacOSX side there is no such thing as latency in the Logic
> Studio (Logic Pro 8). I have not tested
> Ubuntu Studio with it (the Ubuntu Studio is on a desktop PC). The fan
> noise is low and
> in general the laptop is very nice. The new model should be even
> nicer. It is manufactured from
> aluminum block with machining - awesome! I am pretty happy with the
> Mac hardware, and I think it would worth to spend
> the little premium also for a Linux machine to get the Apple HW. The
> Macbook is quite reasonably priced.
> Best Regards,
> Karoliina
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