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Posted By : Joshua the Composer - 12/8/2016 8:06 PM
I just bought a 2016 12 inch MacBook (1.1 Ghz) as my new main computer for running Finale and Logic Pro, and the results are so interesting I've put together an article about my findings:

TL;DR: Even as an orchestral composer, I am having absolutely no trouble with the MacBook in Logic Pro X or Finale v. 25. Both use at most a bit over half of the MacBook's dual core. If you're throwing together orchestral demos or composing from scratch, the MacBook will be a pleasure to use. It's zippy, sharp, and ridiculously light. AND THE SPEAKERS ARE KILLER.

Finale v. 25, macOS Sierra 10.12.1
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
1.1 GHz Intel Core m3
8 GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3

Post Edited (Joshua the Composer) : 12/28/2016 9:15:42 AM (GMT-6)

Posted By : jim dukey - 12/8/2016 9:06 PM
You need about 3.2 GH Processor for on the fly DSD.
1.1 GH doesn't seem like nearly enough.

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Posted By : MikeHalloran - 12/9/2016 1:48 AM
No reason Finale shouldn't perform ok (if not really well) well unless you are really loading it up with VIs. Logic Pro X Pro? I dunno...

Finale 25.1, 2014.5, 2011c, SmartScore X Pro II, Encore 5.07, GPO 5
2010 iMac i7, 32G RAM, 2T SSD, Late 2013 MacBook Air, OS 10.12.1
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Posted By : David Ward - 12/9/2016 4:09 AM
An early 2015 12 inch MacBook with 1.1 Ghz processor (if connected to a large monitor) works better with Finale for me than a late 2012 MacMini with 2.5 Ghz processor. I don't use Logic Pro or any kind of DAW, though, and make only minor use of playback (and then only with Finale's inbuilt sounds), and I use QWERTY and Trackpad for music entry. On the other hand, I am working with some fairly large full scores.

David Ward

Finale 2014d & 2014.5 with Mac 10.9.5 & 10.11.6
Finale 2010b with Mac 10.6.8
full TGTools

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Posted By : OCTO. - 12/9/2016 7:57 AM
Logic Pro X uses far less CPU than Finale. I can run numerous tracks without any significant CPU performance for Logic.

Finale 2014.5 • OS X: Yosemite, MPB 15', 16GB RAM

Posted By : Joshua the Composer - 12/27/2016 11:23 PM
Thanks for your patience, guys. Finally got around to posting the full article—should be an interesting read.

Finale v. 25, macOS Sierra 10.12.1
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
1.1 GHz Intel Core m3
8 GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3

Posted By : Joshua the Composer - 12/27/2016 11:26 PM
David, my workflow is similar. I keep my equipment to a minimum and listen to playback only when I'm actually done with the piece (Finale's sounds mess up my inner ear badly).

Finale v. 25, macOS Sierra 10.12.1
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
1.1 GHz Intel Core m3
8 GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3

Posted By : Dr. Wiggy - 12/28/2016 10:55 AM
It's worth pointing out that Finale 25 has made considerable improvements in CPU (and therefore battery) efficiency over previous versions.
However, the "bug" still exists where the playback thread uses 100% of one core on any CPU, no matter what its performance.

Finale v.25.1, 2012 MacMini; 2012 MacBook Pro (10.11.6 / 10.12.1)
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