In his latest Sonic Lab video, host Nick Batt takes a look at the recently introduced M1 Pro/M1 Max MacBook Pro computers and reviews the base model 14″ MacBook Pro, with a focus specifically on the needs of musicians.

Along the way, he also takes a look at the new version of Logic and its ATMOS surround support.

Batt notes that, for many musicians, the 14″ & 16″ MacBook Pro laptops may currently be overkill, because you can get such good performance from the base models of the M1 Mac Mini, MacBook Air or 13″ Macbook Pro. He cites expanded I/O and better screens as the key benefits of the 14″ and 16″ models, unless you’re doing video or using large sound libraries, where additional RAM and more powerful processors become more critical.

Check out the review and share your thoughts on the new MacBook Pro laptops in the comments!

Video Summary:

“Apple recently added to their range of SOC (system on a chip) M1 range with the new Mac Book Pro 14 and 16 inch models. Each feature the option to include the new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, more base memory and up to 8TB of blazing fast storage. Apple sent us a base model unit, we take a look and see what the high specc’ed and higher priced unit has to offer.”

Topics Covered:

00:00 Intro and packaging
02:15 Ports and hardware
04:45 Storage speed
06:00 Plugging in and the screen
8:30 Moving to Monterey
09:40 Audio and video
12:37 Logic Session test with u-he native
15:50 Logic Native ATMOS Example (use headphones)
21:30 Conclusions and impressions

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