Poll – Which Mac Do You Use to Run Logic Pro ?

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Apple’s Logic Pro developers have been hard at work. The recent 10.3 (and 10.3.1) updates are fantastic. However, as with their other “single dot” releases, the minimum OS requirements were updated. Apple’s (unofficial) policy seems to be to support one Mac OS version previous to the current one, but nothing earlier. So, with Sierra being the current Mac OS, El Capitan became the minimum OS required for Logic Pro X 10.3, just as Yosemite became the minimum OS required to run Logic Pro X 10.2.

Which Mac Do You Use to Run Logic Pro?

Personally, I like to try and stay one Mac OS version behind the current. To me, it seems to be the best balance between the point of diminishing returns versus bleeding edge wounds. In other words, it’s trustworthy and stable. And there’s usually nothing significant missing in terms of features other than the absolute newest bells and whistles, which are likely not supported yet by third party (hardware or software) developers.

From Yosemite to El Capitan

So, like many here, I was caught having to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan with the recent Logic Pro X 10.3 update. With each subsequent Mac OS update however, older computers will struggle that much harder. Some models will even be orphaned, no longer capable of running the required operating system. Which turns this cycle of Mac OS updates into an eventual cycle of computer updates.

Apple’s Hardware Development

Diligent and hardworking as the Logic Pro developers are, the same unfortunately cannot be said of Apple’s hardware development. Significant hardware upgrades have been all but absent for years now. The newest MacBook Pro, although sporting the very cool Touch Bar, does not seem to represent a stellar improvement in terms of computing power. So this puts us Logic Pro users in a precarious situation. We want to keep using the latest versions of Logic Pro, which require the current or previous Mac OS, which requires a certain amount of computing power to run efficiently, which requires us to upgrade our computers every x number of years.

But the computer upgrades are just not there.

So what do we do?

I don’t have a specific answer, but want to ask each of you, which Mac you are using to run Logic Pro?

I was happily running a cheese grater tower until two years ago. Upgrading to Yosemite to run OS 10.2 was too demanding for my needs, so I upgraded to a fully spec’d out iMac; at the time the “late 2014 model”. Two years on, so far, so good.

Please take a moment to answer the poll below.

It will give us here at Logic Pro Expert a better idea of what our readers are using; and a better idea of what to focus future content on.

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Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is an internationally known author and music software trainer for Groove3. His instructional videos have helped demystify music software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sonar, BFD, Melodyne, and Kontakt for thousands of users all over the world. Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition.
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  • Maxim Laskavy

    Totally agree with yo, Eli. This neverending cycle of upgrades and updates that Apple unleashes on us every year is nothing but a huge pain in the #$%^ss! Had to update from Yosemite to El Capitan myself. Very stressful! 🙂 I do have a fully specced out late 2013 15inch MBP, so so far so good.

  • Sal Paradise

    no macbook air?

  • Minibutmany

    Yea El Capitan messed up the drivers for my zoom interface, now I have to reboot all the time.


    Late 2013 mid spec MacBook pro with a Dell 24 inch monitor. Working well, but the latest update seems to to have slowed the speed in which I can switch between kits and instruments. It’s a bit infuriating to wait 4- 5 seconds for the switch. More like 3 off a fresh reset and not much else running on the system.

    Lots more beach ball going on as well, when it hardly ever happened before. The update was great and all but you don’t end up using most of what was added. I would gladly revert back to regain my speed.

    Logic should be getting optimized to be lighter on your system, especially considering that they are trying to make it more accessable

    Nothing worse than your system not being able to keep up with how fast you work.

  • sirfrancis

    Mid 2010 Mac Pro. Albeit with 48GB of RAM and a brand new SSD (and I’ll get a 2nd for my “recording” HD. Don’t want to upgrade.

  • LancesUK

    You could have included Hackintosh in the options. I reckon some people would will be choosing it. I personally use a 2012 quad core mac mini, which still runs fine on the latest OS. Let’s see for how much longer.

  • Russell Szabados

    Mid-2010 Mac Pro cheese grater with 48GB RAM, a PCIe SSD for the system and three out of the four internal bays are 6G SSDs from OWC. The fourth bay + three externals connected via e-SATA are HGST 7200 SATA II or SATA III HDs and I *really* have no intention of upgrading anytime soon.

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