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Old 11-19-2017, 07:46 AM
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Default Buying new Mac, want some power headroom

I'm in the market for a new (to me) Mac. I know Numerology's system requirements are an Intel CPU @ 2Ghz+ and 4GB+ RAM.

My question is, what specs should I be aiming for in order to give myself some headroom to compose some complicated tracks in Numerology? Would the above specs be enough to future-proof me?

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Old 11-19-2017, 07:55 AM
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I'm in the market for a new (to me) Mac. I know Numerology's system requirements are an Intel CPU @ 2Ghz+ and 4GB+ RAM.

My question is, what specs should I be aiming for in order to give myself some headroom to compose some complicated tracks in Numerology? Would the above specs be enough to future-proof me?

Thanks!
1- Will you use Numerology as a plugin in a Daw ?
2- Will you use software synths ?
3- What do you mean by complicated tracks ?
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:34 AM
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Sorry for not being more specific.
Planning on using Numerology stand-alone with mostly external gear (midi and cv) and launchpads. I might throw some software synths and effects into the mix from time to time but won't rely on it. By complicated tracks I just mean lots of different modules active at once.
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:44 AM
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Sorry for not being more specific.
Planning on using Numerology stand-alone with mostly external gear (midi and cv) and launchpads. I might throw some software synths and effects into the mix from time to time but won't rely on it. By complicated tracks I just mean lots of different modules active at once.
I am using Numerology Pro with software synths on my Mini Mac 2010 16 gigs ram with the only limitation of the software synths .

For your new Mac , what were your looking for ? Any idea ?
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:46 AM
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Yeah, i was trying to keep the cost down, was checking out used Mac Minis. Is it difficult to upgrade the ram on Mac Minis?
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:50 AM
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Yeah, i was trying to keep the cost down, was checking out used Mac Minis. Is it difficult to upgrade the ram on Mac Minis?
No, it is very easy, see there is a video for the 2010 one

https://eshop.macsales.com/installvi..._mini2010_mem/
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:53 AM
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Thanks so much for all the info, Aramis!
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:03 AM
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Thanks so much for all the info, Aramis!
My pleasure
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:06 AM
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Thanks so much for all the info, Aramis!
One more thing,

Remember that a 2010 Mac Mini is compatible with High Sierra but we do not know for the next OSX version.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:56 AM
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One more thing,

Remember that a 2010 Mac Mini is compatible with High Sierra but we do not know for the next OSX version.
I agree with that concern -- older macs generally run well, but often a bit less well with newer OS versions -- i.e. things feel a bit slower. With a used Mac, you want to find the sweet spot where it's old enough to be a good deal, but still new enough you don't run into unexpected issues when you need to upgrade.


A couple general notes:
- While 4GB RAM is usable, 8GB is definitely 'more comfortable'.
- A fast SSD make a big difference, even on an older Mac.

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