MacBook Pro 13" & Logic questions (hard drives)

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MacBook Pro 13" & Logic questions (hard drives)

Post by gerhardt2000 » 24 May 2014, 02:11

normally I use my ancient Mac Pro quad cpu tower for recording music... but it is so old that i can't use the last couple version of Logic and now my much loved Tascam FW-1884 appears to have died and/or there are issues with the Tascam Driver... I'll spare you the Tascam FW-1884 drama as I'm prepared to just move on working at least temporarily on my newish MacBook Pro

so, i've been forced to continue recording on my MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012 version (current model of non retina screen machines?) which i have just upgraded to 16gb ram

i have been recording some new songs on it using the stock 500gb 5400rpm drive and Logic... I'm getting occasional drive not fast enough type messages...

as i have been only tracking 1 track at a time on projects that end up only having 10 or 12 tracks so far i haven't run into any major troubles yet with drive speed (my old mac pro has 7400rpm multiple drive setup)

my old mac pro has:

1 drive for system and Logic Pro

1 Drive for recorded/playback audio files

1 drive for samples

1 drive for archives

as i kinda want the laptop to be semi portable for gigs or taking to other musicians houses i was thinking it might be nice to have everything self contained but i guess as it has 2 USB 3 ports I could have 1 USB port for a fast Audio/sample playback drive?

I don't use lots of huge samples but sometimes BFD and might get into a piano sample set or strings samples soon...

1. upgrade the stock 500gb drive to 128gb flash memory drive for system and Logic?

2. upgrade stock 500gb drive to 1tb hybrid SSD 8gb drive and 1tb 2.5" 5400rpm HD? (about 60 quid, cheap!)

3. remove the superdrive and get mount for either 128gb SSD or 1tb hybrid SSD & HD 5400rpm drive?

4. get an internal 7400rpm 2.5" hard drive for either main drive in laptop or to put in space of the superdrive so that audio can be recorded and played back from it?

to complicate matters I need to replace my now non working Tascam FW-1884 (it won't work on my laptop as no 64bit drivers) with a new audio interface with at last 6 analogue outs for mixing 5.1 surround sound so far tentative choice is the Tascam US-366 and it uses USB so any other external drives would have to be firewire or thunderbolt as i might need the 2nd usb port for a midi instrument as it doesn't have a midi port like audio interfaces used to have, argh!

so i've noticed the new macbook pro 2.5GHz intel core i5 is actually faster than the quad xeon mac pro on some things so maybe it isn't all bad making this switch?

having large amounts of internal storage would be good for my other work, photography and design and it would be nice not to drag external drives around for that work or recording rough demos at friend's houses etc...

any suggests appreciated... i did search the forum but it seemed everything was from 2002 or 2009 and I know things have moved on by then...


my music is here by the way:

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