Old 11-26-2007, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Anyone using Reaper on basis intel Macbook?

I'm looking at building a portable DAW, and thinking about switching from Windows to Mac.

I'm on a budget, and I'm wondering how the current low-end 2.0 or 2.2Gig intel-based Macbook running Leopard would hold up.

I mostly just want to record 3 or 4 tracks simultanously for live location recording. I won't be running a ton of plug-ins, or working with huge projects...
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:05 PM   #2
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I've only poked around a bit with the OSX build, but I do a bit of work in the PC version under bootcamp, and it works great on my bottom of the range Macbook. 2.0Ghz 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD.
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:01 PM   #3
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you'll be fine.

i have a macpro but if your only recording a few tracks at atime

no problem!
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:51 AM   #4
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Works well on a 1.83gHz MacBook, quite a bit slower than my 2.2gHz X2 desktop, but still very useable.
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:51 PM   #5
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very smooth on 2.2 ghz coreduo macbook should be fine with 2.0 or 2.2 models
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:31 PM   #6
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I'm running it on my almost 1-year old MacBook Pro C2D 2.16/3GB/160GB machine.

I use it with a Line6 Toneport KB37 (audio interface and 37-key MIDI keyboard) and a M-Audio Trigger Finger (MIDI control surfaces).

I'll be upgrading the disk soon to a 200 or 250 GB drive.

It has been running fine. You should be OK.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:07 PM   #7
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Default It definitely works

I recorded 6-7 tracks at once this weekend with Reaper 0.6 on a MacBook Pro with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo running OS X 10.4 without problem. Functions like a champ even without the mixer.

Haven't had any problems so far other than Reaper doesn't seem to recognize all my Audio Units and VSTs. I can get EZdrummer working but I am unable to drag the MIDI files form the plugin into a MIDI track....a highly desirable feature of this great plugin from Toontrack.

Dig in and enjoy this awesome beta of Reaper for OSX!
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I can get EZdrummer working but I am unable to drag the MIDI files form the plugin into a MIDI track....a highly desirable feature of this great plugin from Toontrack.

Dig in and enjoy this awesome beta of Reaper for OSX!
Found that out tonight too... though you can drag the midi patterns from the EZ grooves UI on to your desktop, then import them into reaper... just a workaround, but the midi info is still there, I guess reaper doesn't change window focus while draggin yet.

most everything else works here though, imac 2.4 GHz/2 Gig ram running Leapord
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:13 PM   #9
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Doh, why didn't I think about dragging to the desktop? Oh well....now that project is through and hopefully the OSX stable will be out by the time I need it again. Good idea!

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Found that out tonight too... though you can drag the midi patterns from the EZ grooves UI on to your desktop, then import them into reaper... just a workaround, but the midi info is still there, I guess reaper doesn't change window focus while draggin yet.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:55 PM   #10
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I'm looking at building a portable DAW, and thinking about switching from Windows to Mac.

I'm on a budget, and I'm wondering how the current low-end 2.0 or 2.2Gig intel-based Macbook running Leopard would hold up.

I mostly just want to record 3 or 4 tracks simultanously for live location recording. I won't be running a ton of plug-ins, or working with huge projects...
You'll probably be fine.

I have a late 2006 MacBook (Core 2 2G) and a Alesis IO|26.

(and fwiw, a Novation Remote SL that i am *soo* *horny* to write a REAPER template for !!!)

Recording is snappy as hell with no recording annoyances.

The waveform UI isnt real time (are they ever for anybody on anything? i dont know) but i so dont care about that.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:54 AM   #11
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You won't be disappointed with the Macbook, even the most basic one. I bought mine (2ghz, 1gb, 80gb) a few months back and it is a fantastic laptop platform, holds together really well unlike the millions of plasticky, hot-key x100, terrible power management Windows-based laptops on sale out there.

It's so good I'm even thinking of making the jump from Windows on my desktop too ... although Reaper has a little further to come before I can do that.

As for spec - the only thing that will limit you from the aims you mention is hard-disk space. And you can pick up external USB/Firewire drives for peanuts now.

Good luck!
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