I started composing small orchestra pieces 15 years ago as a high school student. Unfortunately somehow my interest got lost over the years. But now I want to start writing on a non-professional level again. My equipment lists:
-VSL Special Edition Vol.1 Standard
-Sibelius 6 (used for writing)
-RME HDSP 9632
-Roland bi-amp monitor DS-7
-a 12 year old desktop PC
The old desktop PC is almost broken and thus I need to buy a new computer. Therefore I decided to buy a laptop, because I want to be mobile and also use the laptop for personal use. I also do not want to buy a large laptop with a numpad. Sibelius critically depends on the use of the numpad, so therefore I want to switch to Dorico (as it seems nice to me and does not need the numpad). At home, I would then use an external audio interface to connect the laptop with the masterkeyboard and the monitors, together with an external screen. I have the feeling that I want to switch to a macbook pro.
My requirement would be that the system can handle up to 20 ( up to 30) instruments from the VSL SE when played back in Dorico (full orchestra, but no giant scores). I am more interested writing than producing. If you browse in forums, you typically get the answer: As much RAM as possible, and the core as fast as possible. I think, this does not apply to my situation, as I am definitely far away from high-end solutions. Therefore I have three concrete questions
- Which macbook pro 13"/15". Is the 13" for mobile use sufficient or does it get too small?
- Which processor? Is an i5 Dual core 8.th gen sufficient?
- How much RAM? If I calculate the RAM usage for 30 instruments*100MB/instrument I end up with 3GB RAM usage and thus 8GB RAM seem sufficient.
I am considering the MBP 2018 13" (i5 2x2,3Ghz, 256GB, 8GB RAM) or MBP 15" (i7, 6x2.2Ghz 256GB, 16GB RAM)
Thank you really much for your answers!