Hey guys, I'm a multi instrumentalist who uses Logic Pro on an iMac for recording and production, but I'm looking at buying a laptop to run Ableton Live for live performances. I'll mostly be using it as a Loop station so I can record layered performances, and also for trigger a few samples and maybe some backing tracks. I won't be using many virtual instruments, maybe some drum plugins and the occasional soft synth.
I was considering a Core i5 Macbook Air upgraded with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. However I've noticed that I could get a windows computer, with very similar specs considerably cheaper, such as the Lenovo Z510, which also has a Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and I could upgrade to 16GB in the future, but doesn't have an SSD.

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I'm wondering whether there would be much difference performance wise between these laptops. The obvious downside with the Lenovo would be the lack of SSD, so I'm wondering whether it would be worth spending more for the Macbook Air just for the SSD. Also, would there be much difference operating system wise in terms of running Ableton.

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AirAny Help would be appreciated thanks

Ableton Live On New M1 Macbook Air I have seen far more questions than answers on the topic, so I'll give some details around my experience. While not specifically synth related, this is the only music community I lurk around on Reddit, and I figure the info may help a few folks. M1 Mac with Ableton 11 Home Forums Bugs/Issues M1 Mac with Ableton 11 This topic has 0 replies, 1 voice, and was last updated 13 hours, 38 minutes ago by Nathan Levin.

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I’ve been testing out the M1 Mac Mini for a few weeks, mainly seeing how it would fit into my audio workflow. I tend to use my Mac Mini as a dedicated sound module and record audio from it into other devices. So for now I’m just testing various software/plugins that I use to see how it behaves.

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Spectrasonics plugins seem to be working fine, I’m using the VST versions and I’m running them inside of Ableton Live 10. For me it isn’t about benchmarks or anything like that, I just want to know what out of the stuff I use will actually work on the M1 platform currently.

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