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How much mileage can I get with my Mac for orchestral/electronic music? Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 18th May 2018
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How much mileage can I get with my Mac for orchestral/electronic music?

I will be having superior drummer 3, komplete 11, and Eastwest orchestral libraries, as I want to record a virtual orchestra and electronic music mixed with guitars/vox/bass.

My current set up:

1. Late 2011 Macbook Pro: 2.5 ghz quad core (1 processor), 16GB RAM

2. 1 TB SSD for OSx and apps, 2TB internal SSD for sample libraries, 2TB SSD external HD via Thunderbolt for audio/projects. All SSD are sata III 6 Gb/s

3. FW 800: 2TB external for backups

4. Logic Pro x

5. Focusrite clarets 8pre thunderbolt audio interface

How much mileage can I get (how many instances, tracks, plugins) in trying to record a typical virtual orchestra (strings, bass, percussion, synths & cinematic stuff, etc..) project, or just an all electronic project using komplete 11 ultimate library?

If I use superior drummer, the projects would involve more audio (guitars, bass, vox) mixed with stuff from komplete 11 (synths, samples, effects, etc...), how much will my system allow in terms of tracks and instances of komplete 11 and plugins?

Or will I need a slave pc?

I'm thinking of upgrading to an upgraded mid 2010 mac pro (non trash can) that has 64GB ram, 3.33Ghz intel xeon 12 cores (dual 6), but if I don't need it, then I will work with what I have.
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