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best computer for Pro Logic

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Feb 23, 2013 12:22 PM

I am currently using a pretty fast Mac Book Pro and I am wondering if a higher powered computer like a Mac Pro would significantly help with things like latency during recoriding, and how much computing power is enough - what is the optimal cost benefit configuration?

Logic Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:39 PM (in response to stratman153)

    A fast computer may help with latency but a good audio card/unit with good drivers will make even more of a difference.

     

    Consider that my old G5 with an internal RME PCI card could run quite a bit of tracks and plugins using an I/O Buffer setting of 64. It could also run half a dozen audio tracks w/plugs (not much more) at an even lower setting of 32, simply because the audio drivers were so efficient. Also, back then Tiger and Leopard had a LOT less overhead than the newer versions of OSX.

     

    How much is enough?  Let's put it this way, Logic can easily bring any Mac to it's knees, it's up to the user to educate her/himself to use the system to it's greatest efficiency.

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 1:47 PM (in response to stratman153)

    stratman..

     

    You're obviously a guitarist and one thing we notice is latency (as do any most percussive type instruments).

     

    A pick creates a definite attack as does the physical sensation of the guitar vibrating, both of those factors as well as what we're use to hearing out of an amp makes latency a real annoyance. I use a separate mixing and either an amp with a mic on it or one of the external Pod type amps, but not a Pod, they just don't sound right.

     

    One of the best companies for low latency hardware & drivers is MOTU. (Mark of the Unicorn)

    They have a wide selection of interfaces available.

     

    Ultralight, Traveler...etc

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 1:49 PM (in response to Pancenter)

    A last thought, what can help Latency is a faster processor/bus system, so yes, a Mac Pro could give you a little less latency.

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