Macbook Pro 2012 non retina for music
I ask myself about getting a MBP 2012 non retina version for my music needs. I will not use it for something else.
I use iOS and my iPhone 7 Plus for creation, even finishing songs, and live setup. Nothing beats its immediacy and mobility.
I also have a Windows 10 Lenovo T440P which I use more and more with Ableton Live as a more advanced live setup, as there are essential effects and tools I don’t find on iOS yet. The goal being to manage 10 or more songs in one and only live set.
It’s a stable and reliable laptop rig, but here is why I think about this MBP:
- I use a BlueBoard with Midifire for advanced live triggering. I need to use the iPhone in the chain, as Bluebaord is not W10 compatible. Should works with CME WIDi bud, but I will still miss MidiFire advanced script. Both BlueBoard and Midifire are compatible with Mac. I could get a Mcmillen Softstep2 as an alternative for 350 euros, but as a sax player I can’t look at my feet and 10 buttons is perhaps too much. Blueboard’s 4 buttons with Midifire 24 actions is a perfect combo, and MBP 2012 used is easily found for 350 euros too.
- I want to buy a Livid Minim midi controller, it will be an essential part of my setup: ultra compact and BT, configurable. But the editor is Mac only... I will need customization, so again a MBP makes sense.
- IDAM could be nice too, for iOS/Ableton integration without the need to buy an iConnectivity interface. But is it reliable enough, which OS version works well?
- Core audio drivers and aggregate devices.
- Legendary stability for live setups.
- This MBP version is the last one upgradable, I already have a 525 Go SSD, 8 Go RAM, and it can have a second HDD in an optical caddy.
- On a MBP 2012 13 inches laptop, 1280X800 non retina will be good enough for Ableton Live. I have 1366X768 resolution on the 14 inches Lenovo and it’s perfect. Also, a dual core 2.5 ghz i5 is what I already have, it’s good enough for my needs.
I’ve read on different forums MBP 2012 was still a nice rig in 2018 for music making. I will use it only for that purpose, and don’t very often upgrade my music software on laptop, at the inverse of iOS. So if it sticks with Sierra, High Sierra or Mojave it’s not an issue.
What do you think about this, anyone still use one of use 2012 MBP?