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New Macbook Pro! What to do?
Old 2nd January 2011
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New Macbook Pro! What to do?

Well, I have some confusion as to which direction to take my recording rig. My lovely and hip cool wife surprised me with a new 17" MacBook Pro for xmas. Although she bought it because I was close to needing a new computer for my web work, she also knew about my current recording rig being inoperable. I'm a new Mac user, but love it already and know this is what I want out of a computer.

Ultimately I want a mobile rig, so this new MB is a good thing, and she got some upgrades which I think will help the conversion. However, I need to decide how it will perform the best which means looking at the whole system (again) and sorting through the software/hardware.

Currently running a rack 3.3 ghz P4 with:
  • Cubase Studio 5
  • Rosetta 800
  • RME HDSP9652 card

All was great until I upgraded to Cubase 5. The P4 cannot handle that audio engine. I really don't want to build/rebuild another PC.

So I know with the Mac the HDSP card is history, but I've never run a system via Firewire/USB. Do I just get the Apogee x-firewire card? What are other options using the Rosetta, if any? I really like Cubase, have been using it a while, but I'm not intimidated or closed-minded about using other software. I would hate to buy another version of it to run on a Mac, guessing it's maybe not the best for the Mac OS anyhow. How about Parallels? All these decisions are new to me setting up a laptop system.

I still want to keep the system fairly high-end, and don't want to sink a load of dough into software and new hardware. I'm looking for suggestions that are practical with my current gear. Any relevant info is greatly appreciated.

Macbook specs:
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Old 2nd January 2011
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You could get a Symphony Mobile card for your Rosetta. Fortunately the 17" MBP still has an ExpressCard slot.
Old 2nd January 2011
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Yes, that's the ticket I believe. Thanks, never heard of it before.

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Old 3rd January 2011
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If you're not too attached to cubase Logic could be a really nice move for you. Ableton and Logic both fare much better on Macs than Cubase does, which may be worth considering for you since most laptops aren't as powerful as their desktop counterparts. Cubase performs significantly worse on Mac than PC.
Old 3rd January 2011
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going mobile? then you are set with the 17" macbook pro and this

although there was discussion about some issues maybe
Old 3rd January 2011
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im jealous of you. i have a 13" :(. ill get a 15" next. i would get the 17" if i could afford it.

and as others have said, cubase doesn't run as well on a mac. usually some crashes and it's also not as efficient.

pretty much most other daws run great on a mac...reason 5, logic....if your willing to switch. if not i still think you will be just fine with cubase on that rocket of a laptop you got.
Old 3rd January 2011
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All you guys that say that Cubase 5 performs significantly better on a PC,have you actually used it???
I'm running C5 on both i7 950 PC and a C2D Macbook(2008) and although for sure you can get lowest latency fig. on PC, it runs brilliant on the older Mac as well.
Crashes? what crashes?
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