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Last post Thu, May 26 2011 by C.B., 6 replies.
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Posted on Wed, May 18 2011 20:22
by morphlite
Joined on Mon, Sep 17 2007, Posts 86

Hello,

I'm just about to buy a Macbook Pro 2ghz for mobile composing. (I'll be linking it up to a core i7 Pc when at home with a Focusrite LS56 and Ve Pro)

My question is (might be a stupid one), would I need an external sound card with the Macbook Pro to get better Latency when using Logic/Vepro?

If so, anyone got any suggestions for a decent stereo USB/Firewire sound card?

Cheers

Paul

Macbook Pro 2011, Logic 8.0.2, Sonar X1
Dell Studio XPS Core i7 Slave W7

Special Edition/VE PRO
Posted on Fri, May 20 2011 23:31
by Beat Kaufmann
Joined on Fri, Jan 03 2003, Switzerland/Brugg, Posts 1727

Hi Paul

I don't know whether the Audio-Interface of the Macbook Pro is fast enough or not. It is probaly better the tose built in Interfaces of Win-Notebooks.

But I know the RME-USB-Interfaces do have very good Latencies. It's also because RME uses different Software for USB-MAC or USB-WIN.

So you can select MAC or WIN...

Maybe the Babyface would be the correct RME-Interface for you. Not cheap but it's worth every cent.

http://www.rme-audio.de/en_products_babyface.php

(I'm not payed by RME for this advertising ;-) )

Or here

http://www.focusrite.com/products/audio_interfaces/saffire_6_usb/overview/

All the best

Beat

www.musik-produktion-createc.ch (Konzertaufnahmen, Musik mit Samples)
at www.beat-kaufmann.com : MIXING an ORCHESTRA - TUTORIAL
Posted on Sun, May 22 2011 18:08
by C.B.
Joined on Wed, Aug 11 2010, Quebec Canada, Posts 123

Hi Paul,

I used my MacBook Pro (about 2 years old) alone with VIP (and Logic Pro as Daw). The audio interface didn't seems to be a problem (latency was not an issue even when I was playing "live" with a keyboard). CPU and Ram were the real bottleneck when I used more than 3 or 4 VIP instances/Instruments.

Now I work most of the time with my MacBook Pro for the Daw + and iMac (i7 4/8 cores and 16 Go of RAM) for VSL stuff. I like very much my Focuswrite PRO 24 DSP (which is similar to Beat's suggestion). But I often use too an iMic, which is a very decent USB audio interface considering its low price and its size (about 2 inches). I prefer not using my Mac Book Pro's audio output whith my headphone because the 1/4" plug +1/8" adaptor is making a stress on it (I had a bad experience few years ago).

I hope this will be useful to make your choice.

[sorry for my approximate english!]

CB

C.B.
Posted on Wed, May 25 2011 09:47
by morphlite
Joined on Mon, Sep 17 2007, Posts 86

Hi, Thanks Beat and CB,

Hadn't seen the Babyface. That's a crazy little piece of kit! It's a shame they don't do a version with just Midi and a few in/outs. The ADAT would be over kill for me. But can't believe what you get on that. Awesome Product.

I'd looked at both the Saffire 6 and Pro 24 (I really like my Saffire Liquid 56 so thought about other Saffire stuff). I like the idea of the Virtual Mixing Enviroment of the Pro 24 ( CB is that any good?)

I have a small 25 Key Keyboard which I've used in the past on the road. Got me thinking:--

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/UMA25S.aspx.

It's a shame it's Behringer and not a really decent manufacturer (and the connections look low quality) . I like the idea of one wire connector to the computer for audio/midi though. Not great for key switching on the move but neithers an 88 key keyboard!

Thanks for the options. I've oredered my Macbook Pro so maybe test it when I get it.

Cheers

Paul

Macbook Pro 2011, Logic 8.0.2, Sonar X1
Dell Studio XPS Core i7 Slave W7

Special Edition/VE PRO
Posted on Wed, May 25 2011 10:06
by gabriel81
Joined on Tue, Nov 17 2009, Wien, Posts 242

I own the UMA25S and really like it (for the price)

Only thing which I really dislike is the key velocity, even if you change (hard / soft) it is almost unusable

VSL SE (no extension), Vienna Smart Orchestra
Sopranos, Flute2, Fanfare Trumpets
Synchron Strings
VE Pro 7
VI Pro + MIRx
Cubase 9
Posted on Thu, May 26 2011 00:36
by C.B.
Joined on Wed, Aug 11 2010, Quebec Canada, Posts 123

Hi Paul,

The Saffire 24 Pro's Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM) works fine with my setup. It doesn't replace good audio monitors and room. But I found them very useful since it give a certain distance from audio source which help me to ear and mix more globally. But i'm still using my headphone without VRM when I need focus on details. And I use good real monitors when I'm near final mix or for the «mastering».

Good luck!

C.B.

C.B.
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