Anyone using an Mbox with new MacBook Pro?

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  1. Grant Ferstat

    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm contemplating getting one of the new MacBook Pros from the Apple folk now that Digi have released a supporting software version for the dual-core macs.

    Is anyone here using this set-up?

    I was also wondering if you really do need to record to an external firewire drive or can you get away with recording to the internal drive (I intend to spec a 7200rpm internal drive).
     
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    I've used it with absolutely no problems. If you have a 7200rpm internal drive you'll be totally fine...mine's 5400 and I've done full band sessions.
     
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    how many tracks playing back on a 5400 drive?
     
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    Digi flat out says that it doesn't support recording onto the system drive. An external drive is a must IMHO.
     
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    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    Hi Matt,

    Yeah I'm aware of that. I also know people who've done it for years on PC based laptops especially with faster drives and processors and mucho RAM.

    The only situation where I'd be doing so is when I'm trying to be really portable and recording minimal tracks so I guess I was wondering if I could get away with it for travelling demos. At home it'd be an external firewire drive for sure.
     
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    I'd recommend an external drive also, but it's certainly not mandatory. The internal drive is capable of handling audio. Digi likes to keep a minimum system efficiency, which using the internal drive prevents, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't work - just not ideal.
     
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    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    Maybe I just should be done with it and take one with me anyway...I guess they're not that heavy.

    Cheers.
     
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    I wonder what the largest 'flash' based drive is, I know they're growing, that would be fast, and lightweight. I'm picking up a MacBook (black :) )for my son this week.
     
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    I have been doing it also, and just now got around to ordering a Glyph, but I haven't been doing full sessions like some of these folks. I just tinker around a little in Reason, BFD, and a few basic guitar tracks. I have a aluminum G4 1.67 running Tiger. I occasionally get errors. I need to uograde my ram tho. I'm still at 512mb, the original setup. I can go up to 2gig. Damn ram is so expensive!
    :BITCH
     
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    It's just pretty much an audio rule in general. Keep the audio files on a separate drive from the OS. It'll work all on one but you push your luck to a point...for sure.
     
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    They are very good recordings on your site btw...
     
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    Hey Realfi...thanks! Appreciate it.
    I've been spying the MacBook Pro also, look forward to hearing how your Digi/MacBook experiences turn out. Will you be using the Mac OS or the XP side of BootCamp?
     
  13. Grant Ferstat

    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    I was intending to use the Mac OS despite the fact that I come from a Windows background.

    Part of my reason for going for a MacBook Pro is to learn the Mac OS as most pro studios around here seem to be Mac.
     
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    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    UPDATE:-

    Ordered MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0 Ghz
    7200 rpm 100gig drive
    2 gig of RAM
    fast external drive.

    As someone who's never been a Mac user you can all expect to hear some cries for help!
     
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    Using a 17 inch macbook pro with an m-box and a 002 console with a lacie 300g firewire 800 drive.

    Digidesign only just released the intel software so you will have to down load it from their site. I also had to download fixes to make my DV toolbox 2 work.

    The only downside is that my waves collection and alot of my other plug ins wont work as they havent written the intel software yet.
     
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    Wont it run in that Rosetta emulator the Macs are coming with?
     
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    I,ve tried the Rosetta emulator but it doest work with the plug ins as I think it is only for host software applications.
     
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    the kids at the Apple store told me today anything that works in OS X on a G5 Mac will work in OS X on an Intel Mac. what's going on here? :confused:
     
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    I think the difference with plugs is that they are not a separate software application running on OSX they are running within the host application.
     

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