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Hi all. I'm looking for some advice on modernizing my studio. A few years ago I was running a small home based studio based around Digital Performer and MOTU equipment. I sold some stuff and packed away the rest - gave the music business a break for awhile. However I have recently decided to get back into it. I was wondering what your collective thoughts were on modernizing. I have about 5000 to spend on gear and would like to get the most bang for my buck so to speak.


Here's what I currently have:

Macbook Pro 15" 8GB Ram 2.66 Ghz i7



Yamaha DP-85 Keyboard

M-Audio Nearfield monitors

Some decent mics (Octava, Shure, etc)

Behringer Compressors


Spectrasonics Omnisphere

Spectrasonics Stylus RMS

Reason 4

Digital Performer 7

Kontakt 4


I guess what I need is some advice on how to take this setup to the next level. I've been looking at the Digidesign 003 however I already have a decent FW interface. Here are some of the things I've been thinking about:


Control surface

2.1 monitor loudspeakers

mic pre/compressor


Pro Tools?

Second disply


I would like to be able to multitrack maybe two sources at once. I would also like the ability to create music that features a mix of acoustic instruments (ac. guitar, percussion, wind instruments) and electronic samples of hi res pianos, strings, synth, drums, etc...


My Macbook is mid 2010 and fairly powerful however what kind of performance should I expect in regards to VI's? Additionally, I think it only has a 5400 RPM drive in it, should I upgrade that to a 7200 RPM or use an external FW drive for streaming audio? Keeping in mind that the Macbook Pro only has 1 FW port how will that impact my audio interface? Can external drives and FW interfaces be daisy chained without issues? Should I just bite the bullet and get a Mac Pro? That would be about half my budget.


Thanks for any suggestions/guidance, it is much appreciated!



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Looks as if you already have all the inputs you need with your two MOTUs.

I would get rid of the Maudio speakers and the Behringer Compressors.

Get some nice Monitors ( there is better stuff then Maudio out there), some acoustic treatment for the room you are in. Now get some headphones so you can do the multitracking you want to do. Your computer is just fine.Better than mine and mine is beautiful. Spend the rest of the money on beer.

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