10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 4, 2006 2:16 PM by geremysaloha
geremysaloha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, I produce music using FL Studio 6 with Windows XP and since the Macbook has integrated graphics, I was wondering if FL will be slow on the MacBook. I run multiple VST's and effects at a time, which even causes my Athlon 64 3700+ to slow down, and this machine has 1 GB RAM as well as a 128 MB Nvidia 6600LE Graphics Card.

I want to know whether I can settle for a MacBook, or if I'll need to save up more for a MacBook Pro.

Thanx =)

AMD Athlon 64 - 3700+ - 1024 MB RAM - 128 MB Nvidia 6600LE, Windows XP Pro
  • kjk Level 4 Level 4 (1,305 points)
    If you are running professional apps, I recommend the MacBook Pro. The MacBook is a great home/consumer machine. But if you are depending on a computer for a business/your main work, why not get the best?
  • geremysaloha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well I'm a high school student, so I want a small laptop to carry around in my bag, but during my free time I like to create music. Note that I only make about $180/2 weeks, and I only have $1900 at the moment.
  • kjk Level 4 Level 4 (1,305 points)
    You might want to ask in the BootCamp forum too-I found this thread:
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=2988085&#2988085

    The guy there has a MacBook, and said he tried FL 6 (and other Windows PC music programs) good luck!
  • Isaac Wexman Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    I went to the FL Studio website and it looks like that program is only for windows which will be a problem for you if you want to run it on a macbook. You could run windows on your macbook with bootcamp and then run FL studio, but that seems like kind of a hassle. I really like my macbook, but would sugest to you to get at least 1 gig of memory if/when you buy it...music editing and creating software will run better with that much memory and the macbook overall will be faster. The macbook is definently small, and not too heavy, but you'll end up spending almost all of the money it looks like you have saved, which may or may not be a problem for you if your looking for a nice laptop.

    Goodluck and hope this helped!

    -Isaac
  • geremysaloha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    so if i get at least 1 gig of ram, will fl studio run okay in parallels? or will it still be choppy?
  • ckm000 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I have 2GB of RAM and I run Cubase SX 2 and several resource hungry plugs in Parallels and it has been fine.
  • geremysaloha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ok, thanks.

    i guess i'll try it out first with 1 gb of ram, then upgrade later if it's necessary.

    is it possible to only use 1 stick of ram? i'd want to buy 1 stick of 1 gb so that i could easily upgrade to 2 gb if i had to.
  • L.E. Kun Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I don't know much about FL Studio 6 (but ignorance doesn't stop me from posting on the interent!). However, why would integrated graphics matter? Integrated graphics are bad for 3D apps, which is mainly games and some rendering apps. Specifically, integrated graphics are terrible for pixel shading.

    Generally music production is CPU dependant, and the MB has a great CPU. FL Studio 6 takes a lot of screen realestate, so that is a consideration, however, the money you save on a MB (vs. MBP) could go towards an external monitor, if that is good for your workflow/hobbyflow.

    The suggestion that somehow if you use your machine to make money you have to get a MBP is poppycock. Thats just people buying into Apple's marketing. With 2ghz Core Duo, the MacBook is an extremely fast machine and capable of doing anything CPU dependant as fast as a MBP Pro.
  • kjk Level 4 Level 4 (1,305 points)

    The suggestion that somehow if you use your machine
    to make money you have to get a MBP is poppycock.
    Thats just people buying into Apple's marketing. With
    2ghz Core Duo, the MacBook is an extremely fast
    machine and capable of doing anything CPU dependant
    as fast as a MBP Pro.


    Where is that suggested here? No one said you can't use the MacBook if you want to make money.

    I said if you are running professional applications, I recommend the best, which for Mac notebooks, happens to be the MBP. I'm not "buying" into any Apple marketing, I'm "buying" into the fact that the MBP has larger screens available,a superior graphics card with more graphics memory, a faster Core Duo chip available, an ExpressCard 3/4 slot, supports larger external monitors, illuminated keyboard, and a faster FW port; all features that are more geared towards professional use.

    Personally, I'm happy with my MacBook-it has the features I need. But I definitely think the MBP has valuable features, and for professional use I think its worth the investment.
  • geremysaloha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ok thanks for all your help, i've decided to get a macbook as soon as they get revised (i'll wait because i hate having my things go obsolete right after i buy them, i like to have at least a few months pass first) since apparantly FL is not graphics card dependent, it just requires a good CPU and RAM.

    thanks again =)