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    Default What is the best Mac for DJing?

    I am ready to take the plunge and buy an apple computer to work with for my audio production. I produce electro dubstep at home which i play out at gigs. I use an Acer Extensa 5635z at the moment for all my work.
    I will be using Ableton Live to produce, alongside other VST plugins which are memory intensive, but I will also need Final Cut Pro, but im not sure that a Macbook Pro will be able to handle the rendering.

    So, i dont know whether to buy an iMac to work at home to produce, with the higher power and specs of a desktop this would be best for production, or get a Macbook Pro, with lesser specs but better portability so production and gigs can be done on the same machine.
    Also, if you have had experience with either software on the iMac or Macbook, i would be interested to know.

    Thanks

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    I have the lowest spec 2011 macbook pro and it runs ableton and traktor with ease
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    The all-out MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

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    I'm running a 09 MBP to DJ, produce and process live audio on stage with no major issues and negligible latency. Personally I think I can squeeze another year of two out of this machine without feeling limited by it.

    I'd say anything with a Core 2 Duo and above would be enough. If you get a more powerful machine you would shorten video render times tho.

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    I'll occasionally have a Big Mac while DJing.
    "Walking the fine line between Stupidity and Genious" My Soundcloud ---- My Mixcloud
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirReal View Post
    I'll occasionally have a Big Mac while DJing.
    hahahahhahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamthrax View Post
    I have the lowest spec 2011 macbook pro and it runs ableton and traktor with ease
    how low is low? 2gb RAM? 250 gb HD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by petarsun View Post
    What's the best DAW for Windows 7 for a classically trained musician?
    Spamix by Apogee. You can get the demo here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eizhauz View Post
    how low is low? 2gb RAM? 250 gb HD?
    13inch screen with 4gb ram and 500gb HD
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamthrax View Post
    13inch screen with 4gb ram and 500gb HD
    Thanks. 2 X 2GB RAM? (total 4)
    Do you use 4-decks in your software? If so, how do you feel the 13" screen holds up?
    Xone DX, SE-DJ5000, Itch
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