Apple had their announcement event today, including new MacBook Pro laptops, but no new Mac Minis. The big wins for sample-based musicians is that we get the possibility of more than 16GB of RAM, as well as more processing in a cool, quiet package. It’s pricey though, as the graphics power and display are overkill for musicians.
I’ve sorted through some possibilities, and these would be “reasonable” choices for sample-heavy music. Note that I assume that we want to store our samples on-board, so I chose at least 1TB of storage with 2TB for 64 GB users.
- 14-inch M1 Pro with 32 GB RAM + 1TB SSD: $2,599.
- 14-Inch M1 Max with 64 GB RAM + 2TB SSD: $3,899.
- 16-inch M1 Max with 64 GB RAM + 2TB SSD: $4,299.
I note that the base M1 Mac Mini costs $600 less than the base 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro. I’ll guess an $800 differential with the 14-inch laptop. That would set a 32 GB 1TB Mini at $1,799 and 64 GB 2TB at $3,099. Alas, these were not announced, so we will see…
The bottom line is that these are expensive solutions, but the processing power and cool, quiet operation are exceptional. Winning the lottery could help.