8 Replies Latest reply on Sep 8, 2014 10:34 AM by MGMartino

    Good hardware to run After Effects and Logic Pro?

    MGMartino Level 1

      Hello Anyone Who Will Listen!


      I am currently using a 15" MacBook Pro running on OS X 10.7.5 (Lion) 

      --Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7

      --750 GB HardDrive

      --4 GB RAM (1333 MHz DDR3)

      --AMD Radeon HD 6770M 1024 MB Graphics

      --I also use a WD "My Passprt Studio" 1TB External Hardive. (I store all my Logic Pro, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator projects on there instead of on the Main MacBook HD which only has 750GB of Memory)


      I am a musician and an audio engineer of sorts.  I have been producing music on my MacBook Pro using Logic Pro, amongst some other third party Plug-ins that are each just as big as Logic Pro. And for the past year I've been hittin it pretty aggressively as I produced my entire album with my MacBook Pro being the only computer involved in the process.  As you probably know that is a hefty workload to put on a computer between recording tracks, mixing and mastering...I'm honestly surprised my MacBook Pro made it through the whole process with only 4GB of RAM. Although it did give me some "System Overload" messages along the way which got to be very annoying interrupting my workflow.  And while I was using Logic Pro I could never have another application open at the same time. Even something like Safari could not be opened while I was using Logic Pro.

      Now to top it all off I am using other Applications to market my music such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. I'm using version CS6 for Photoshop and Illustrator and using the new Creative Cloud version for After Effects.


      Now that I've explained what I use my computer for I can explain the actual problem haha...Inside Logic Pro there were two indicators, one labeled HD and the other labeled CPU, if one or the other reached its limit the system would overload cause lagging or just a shut down/freeze.  And while working in Adobe After Effects the "RAM Preview" almost never plays back in realtime if I get more than a minute into a song that a am making a Kinetic Typography Video for.

      So I need a new Computer or external HD or Increased RAM that will make these things no longer happen...I am open to any suggestions or ideas.