Originally Posted by Larry Mal
I used a much older Macbook Pro (the dual core 2.13 GHz model) to record an orchestra, among other things, 8 inputs at 24/96k. It all went well.
On the other hand, though, I found a way to do a dedicated Firewire input as well as a dedicated Firewire bus out to another drive. I don't think this is possible with most new MacBooks- I used an ExpressCard to add another bus to my computer.
You will likely benefit from having a Thunderbolt external drive to record to, that way your Firewire input is only bringing in audio, and not also writing audio, which uses the same bandwidth. You don't want to use the drive in the computer itself.
On the other hand, though, if you are only doing a couple of inputs at a time, you should be fine no matter what you do.
Good luck! Enjoy the new computer!
Larry, thank you so much for the great reply! Definitely appreciate it.
Quick question - is the Mac Pro desktop one of THE pinnacles of recording computers?