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Logic Pro 9 MacBookPro or iMac?

frankbooth

Question for Mac people.....I'm using Logic 9 on my MacBookPro4,1 "15 but I also own an iMac5,1 20". Is there any way that I can use the iMac as just a monitor? If not would you guys recommend using Logic on the iMac (max ram 3GB) for the benefit of the 20" screen, or would continue use of my laptop (max ram 4GB) be noticeably faster?
June 27, 2011 @05:42pm
Joe Muscara

Depends on the iMac.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3924
http://www.screenrecycler.com/ScreenRecycler.html
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2262139?start=0&tstart=0
Google is your friend. :)
As far as which Mac of yours is faster, I don't know from those specs. I think all the Intel-based Macs, especially the Core2Duos and later, are pretty fast. It also depends on your Logic projects, if you run a lot of tracks or do a lot of effects.
I have a 2009 MBP, and I'm really happy with its performance. If I also had an Intel-based iMac, I'd use either for Logic projects. (As it is, I have a 2004 iMac G5 that I just cleaned off in order to sell or give away.)
June 28, 2011 @11:20am
frankbooth

Hey Joe. The laptop has a 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo processor. The max ram is technically 4GB but I've read that it will handle 6GB. The iMAC on the other hand has a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 3GB max ram (I've read that 4GB can be installed to have a matched pair, but the computer will only recognize 3GB). I'm thinking of maxing out the ram on the laptop, selling the iMac and using that money for a monitor. Any further thoughts and or opinions would be appreciated
July 1, 2011 @09:04pm
Joe Muscara

I'm guessing that unless you push either of these machines to their limits with numbers of tracks and/or effects, you're not going to notice much difference between them, unless the hard drive speeds vary (if you have the projects on an external drive, then you probably won't notice from that, either).
I got a 21.5" Samsung LCD from Costco a few years ago and use it daily with my MBP. I think it was like $200 or so.
July 2, 2011 @01:05pm