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Can I run Pro Tools 8 on a Mac Mini?

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Gravatar photo dan b

I'd like to run Pro Tools on a mac mini since they are small and portable, great for taking on the road, but I don't know if it has enough juice?

  • What type of music are you planning to record / produce on this machine?

    Justin Vencel | Aug 04 at 02:08

  • Just simple stuff for my 3 piece jazz band.

    dan b | Aug 04 at 02:08

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  1. Answered: 1635 day 6 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoGml Lover

    Remember, you can always use Pro Tools Audio Suite plugins to do off-line audio rendering.  This allows you to "pre-process" audio to a seperate file so that the CPU does not have to use any processing power during play back.

    This can really free-up a ton of resources when you start to run low on processing power.

  2. Answered: 1632 day 9 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoguest

    Absolutely man, M-Powered works like a dream on my MacBook Pro and I'd assume with the right processing power, you'd have no problem at all on a Mac Mini. Using AudioSuite effects printing does help save CPU though, just make sure you duplicate the playlist first so you can go back to the dry audio xP Good Luck!

  3. Answered: 1635 day 6 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoJustin Vencel

    Any Apple computer will work with a Pro Tools system setup.  The issue is instead -- how much computing power you will need for your particular recording projects.

    The more powerful your computer is, the more simultaneous real-time plugins you can run at the same time as you mix your tracks.

    Be sure to get the new Mac Mini with 4GB of RAM.  2GB is a little on the low side when you are crunching digital audio.

  4. Answered: 1635 day 5 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoguest

    Absolutely. I can record 7 tracks of drums simultaneously on my 2.6ghz macbook. ANY mac you buy right now is enough for recordings.

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  6. Answered: 1259 day 10 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoguest

    Yes, you can easily run ProTools 8 on a MAC-Mini, especially on the newest MAC-Mini’s which are capable of holding up to 8GB or ram. In-fact, it’s the best deal APPLE is currently offering in terms of POWER & SPEED / apple$$$... The MAC-Mini is an awesome idea - and it’s also the future of APPLE.

  7. Answered: 1185 day 0 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoguest

    Makeyure you select an i7 CPU rather than i5.. With Turbo Boost 2.0 you will get clock speeds of up to 3.02 Ghz!


    Mac mini i7 CPU is an awesome and cost effective PT LE studio computer. 32 tracks running 2 plug ins per channel, wont even blink.  

  8. Answered: 1079 day 12 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoguest

    That's the perfect insghit in a thread like this.

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