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Old 03-26-2015, 05:01 PM
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Default New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

Will any version of Pro Tools work on a new Mac Mini? I looked at the compatibility chart, and only the 2012 i7 is listed.

This Mini has 16 GB of RAM.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:36 PM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

i7s are better than i5s
will it work, yes
will it work well for you, depends on your needs
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:38 PM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

What processing speed is it? On the "supported Apple Computers" page you see what systems have been tested and deemed suitable for Pro Tools. There is the idea that no i5 processor will work with Pro tools (11) however in the supported list there are a number of i5 iMacs, so .... IMHO the answer is... perhaps, depending on your needs? I guess the only thing I could say beyond that is download and install the trial version and see if it works to your satisfaction. Sorry I don't have a more definitive answer.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

This is 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5.

I don't know why Apple isn't making the i7's any more. Boo.

And I'm not producing symphonies— I occasionally multitrack projects, but for the most part I'm just recording one voice.
Yeah, I know Pro Tools is overkill, but it's what I learned on.

I have been looking at the Pro Tools/ Apogee Duet combo.

...and thank you, Craig! and Bradch00!
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so 6~12 audio tracks, no VIs, no video, no elastic audio
should be OK
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:33 PM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

Yeah, pretty plain recording.

...and I'd love to try out PT 11, but I don't have a 2nd gen iLok.
I'm upgrading from PT LE 6.9.2 with an Mbox1.

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Old 03-26-2015, 06:47 PM
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Slate Digital frequently runs buy a plug, get a free iLok deal
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

Apple has issues with Intel's newer CPUs that would require a redo of the Mac Mini line. An i5 does not have hyper-threading, the i7 does, about the biggest difference. I did 32 track sessions on an AMD Athlon XP 2700 running PT 6.4 when I had a 001 back in the day with nary a hiccup, a current i5 would destroy that system. Here's a comparison, look at the Passmark scores towards the bottom:

Intel Core i5-4570T vs AMD Athlon XP 2700+
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Default New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

Disclaimer. I don't own an i5 system. But for light sessions, I can't see how they don't work. The i7's (usually) have some advantages processing power wise over the i5's, when used for audio, and why you'll see them recommended. This doesn't mean the i5's are incompatible.

I had a Mac Pro I upgraded to a 6-core cpu (12 with hyperthreading) with 24GB of ram. I couldn't push it to its max, but I'm sure someone could. So unless you have some sort of mega rig, most users inevitably end up pushing their rigs to the limit at some point. And that's when those with an i5 realize the i7 would be nice. With that in mind, if I were to buy a mini, I would be looking for a used quad-core i7.

But to answer your question. Yes the i5 should technically work.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:27 AM
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I own both, a 2012 Macbook Pro i5 Dual Core and a 2012 Mac Mini i7 Quad Core, and Pro Tools 11.3.1 does
work on both systems with Mac OS Yosemite. It definitely did not work on the i5 Macbook with Mac OS Mavericks.

As said before, it does work on both but the i7 Mac Mini offers 50% more of "headroom" power-wise and definitely
a more stable performance.
So, if you could get a 2012 Mac Mini i7 Quad Core, take this one. It´s the by far better choice than any of the new
Mac Minis for PT11 and much more future proof for a music recording system as well.
The 2012 i7 Quad Core Mac Mini not only has much more power, it also allows the user to replace hard drives and Ram.
Means, for example you can put yourself 2 of the latest and fastest SATA SSDs into this Mini which makes it a really
serious little powerhouse for music production finally. With the new Minis this not possible anymore. You buy once and
you then have to live with it. There cannot be replaced anything at the new ones.
Anyway for light sessions with less plugins and less virtual instruments the new Mac Mini probably will work as well.
Nevertheless they are not recommended machines for the use with PT11.

There are still 2012 Quad Core Minis available and they are still worth the price ($1000-1300) in the long run.
http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Mini-MD3...c+mini+2012+i7

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...12+i7&_sacat=0

Whichever you may go for, just mind not to buy one with a Fusion drive! Pro Tools 11 does not work with Fusion drives!



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