Best Macbook for Music Production: M2 vs M2 Pro vs M2 Max vs M2 Ultra

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Ultimate M1/M2 Mac Buying Guide for Music Production: M2 vs M2 Pro vs M2 Max vs M2 Ultra’ by James Zhan

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Apple launched 8 Apple Silicon chips and 15 Macs; M1 and M2 chips are recommended for beginners and hobbyists, while M2 is powerful for large mixing projects; upgrading won’t significantly boost audio production; M1 Pro and M2 Pro are for professionals and CPU-intensive tasks; performance cores matter for Logic, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools; Reaper and Cubase can use all cores with any M-series chip; M1 MAX and M2 MAX are mainly for high-end video, overkill for music.

Key Insights

  • Apple has released 8 different Apple Silicon chips and 15 Macs with M-series chips.
  • The M1 and M2 chips are recommended for beginners, amateurs, and hobbyists in music production.
  • The M2 chip is powerful enough for handling large mixing projects.
  • Upgrading from M1 to M2 chips won't provide significant performance boosts in audio production.
  • The M1 Pro and M2 Pro chips are more suitable for professionals and those with more CPU-intensive tasks.
  • The number of performance cores in the chip is crucial for determining performance in Logic, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools.
  • Reaper and Cubase can utilize all cores in the CPU for better performance with any M-series chip.
  • The M1 MAX and M2 MAX chips are overkill for music production and tailored more for high-end video

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Transcript

Hey guys, it’s James here.

With Apple wrapping up their M2 chip lineup with M2 Ultra, there are now 8 different Apple Silicon chips and I think 15 different Macs with M-series chips you can buy. And they’re all really good.

So which one should you buy for your music production needs? In this video, I’ll present you the ultimate in-depth guide to choosing the right Apple Silicon Mac specifically for audio engineers, music producers, musicians, and the like in 2023 and 2024. I’ll be covering all the M1 and M2 chips and providing clear rationale for which chip and what configurations might give you the most return on investment for your use case. I’ll show you why the specific DAW you use is actually really important when it comes to determining which chip you should choose.

Now my focus

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Ultimate M1/M2 Mac Buying Guide for Music Production: M2 vs M2 Pro vs M2 Max vs M2 Ultra’ by James Zhan