Well i'm looking at buying a Macbook pro within the next couple of days and want to get an interface an a shure sm57 and plan on doing some recording in Pro Tools. I was kinda set on an Mbox 2 or and Mbox 2 mini but alot of people seem to lean toward the firewire interfaces it seems so i've kinda had my eye on something like http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-FireWire-410-with-Steinberg-Studio-Bundle?sku=241579 or http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/PreSonus-FIREBOX-24bit96kHz-FireWire-Recording-System?sku=184133. I really don't want to spend more than $300 for it. It's something i wanna do just for fun really but maybe plan on getting a little more into it and upgrade once i start getting the hang of things. One last thing is will this Macbook be pretty good for what I'm looking to do? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9375115&st=macbook+pro&type=product&id=1218093608530 Just looking for any advice and input so anybody who has any it would be greatly appreciated. Thnx

Edit - I'm mainly gonna be recording guitars and bass if that makes a difference. I've also read some interfaces can't really handle an sm57 so i don't want any problems there either. Also from what I understand Pro Tools only works with Digidesign or M-audio interfaces so i'm also considering using Logic Studio. Sorry I'm pretty much a noob at the whole recording shiz lol
Last edited by nate23 at Sep 20, 2009,
My advice? Don't go the Pro Tools route. Get Reaper, a cheaper interface, that sm57 for the guitar and a DI box for the bass. Should be under $250 for the lot.

EDIT The laptop looks grand, mind you there are only 2 USB ports so keep an eye on what you buy in the future - you may have to get a powered USB hub at some stage.
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Last edited by Union Of V at Sep 20, 2009,
a macbook pro is great for recording. it will definately be able to handle anything you throw at it.

as for interfaces etc thats up to you. depends what kind of software you want use. i havent looked into a lot of interfaces but i know that m-box2s are pretty good. i would advise getting the mbox 2 with the factory bundle. but thats as far as my knowledge goes.
i've got a regular ol' macbook with the Mbox 2 mini and Protools LE. works quite well for me. i'd recommend it to just about anyone who was willing to put a few extra minutes into learning how to properly use protools. it's amazing once you understand it. doesn't take too long...
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