Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone familiar with large orchestral sample library-based composition could give me some advice, as I am looking to buy a new computer. I intend to use a good number of sample libraries, such as East West Symphonic Orchestra, CineBrass, Soundiron Damage, etc, in conjunction with Logic Pro 9, and need a system that will be able to effectively run large sessions in Logic using these kinds of samples.

Advice? For example, what kind of processor is best, how much RAM is good, etc. I have it on good authority that a 27" iMac with a 3.4 gHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 (up to 3.9 gHz), 8 GB RAM would get the job done. Apparently one can buy cheap RAM later.

Any help would be great.


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  • Great, thanks!

  • Hello,

    I have several large Orchestral Files including the largest called East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Platinum & Platinum Plus, all 64 bit!


    Windows 7 Ultimate

    16 MB Ram

    3 TB drives



  • thank you for the info!

  • What's your budget?

    I've been researching this for weeks and I'm hanging on for the widely rumoured new Mac Pro.

    Whatever you get, forget 8meg of ram. Ram is cheap and I'd go for 32 meg or you might find yourself adding more later.

  • Get the maximum ram that you can get in order to load huge libraries. Processor speed is not such big a factor since you can always "freeze" tracks and relieve the CPU from some real time processing, specially on tracks with heavy samples and lots of effects.

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