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MacBook Pro For Audio

Thanks to the MacBook Pro, musicians, performers, and producers don’t have to sacrifice power for portability.

A MacBook Pro and an external hard drive have largely replaced the crates upon crates of vinyl records that DJs used to carry with them for every show. Keyboardists now have access to almost every sound conceivable, only needing a MIDI controller and audio interface rather than multiple keyboards, all while having access to audio software that otherwise might not make it to the stage.

Since digital audio software is breaking new boundaries with almost every release, it is only reasonable that artists are eager to integrate these effects and processors into their live shows, in many cases, taking the exact tools they used in the studio on tour. Outside of providing effects processing, digital DJ’ing, and a world of software synths, Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup (even its most modestly powered options) have been bringing the world of multi-track playback and recording to venues across the globe.

Whether the band is performing to select backing tracks or entire arrangements, your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in a live setting has changed the way most modern pop tours are run. A huge benefit is the ability to record every live show of a tour easily, giving artists another way to connect with their fans by giving them the ability to download the very live show they saw.

With a laptop like the MacBook Pro, the ability to collaborate on production has been simplified. Many producers can carry just their MacBook Pro, an Apogee Duet, and an external hard drive for their sound and sample libraries. This nimble setup allows producers to go from studio to studio and still have the essentials of what they need, no matter what kind of environment they’re entering. Thanks to the addition of Thunderbolt connectivity, it integrates with most professional peripherals.

The MacBook Pro has become an important professional production tool, providing the possibilities required for serious production without tethering you to a single studio location. Even Pro Tools HD systems released its Native system, geared toward the MacBook Pro user.