The New Macbook a No-Go for DJs or Producers
So everybody got excited about the new Macbook announced a few days ago and some DJs even shared the images, declaring their love for Apple products. But as DJTechtools pointed out in their article just two days ago, the new Macbook certainly does DJs, or in fact anybody who uses a laptop for music performance no favours.
You see the new Macbook has only one USB port and its a USB-C port – most laptops sport USB A ports. This USB-C is one single port which must be used for both charging the laptop (that’s right, not even your charger gets it’s own port now), and for all data requirements.
But I’m afraid the news gets worse. To use multiple devices means buying an add-on adapter such as the one pictured below. It reportedly costs $79 – that’s R 969 at a straight conversion but may very well cost more than that when sold in South Africa.
This adapter only has 3 ports – the charger port, an HDMI port and a single USB 3.0 port. So if you want to plug in your gear you’ll need to add another USB hub to this – just to plug one Soundcard and controller device in! To be safe you’ll want to use a HUB that is powered so for a simple setup it’ll be 2 adapters plus an extra power cable (powered USB hub) and then your gear…
As DAN WHITE from DJ TechTools points out. If your one Macbook adapter is faulty (at that price it’s doubtful you’ll carry a spare) you’re completely screwed! He makes another valid point about the durability of the adapter – pointing out that under sustained use these types of adapters (specifically DisplayPort and Thunderbolt) are renowned for fraying quite quickly.
How many of us have had to replace our Macbook chargers due to the cable breaking where it connects to the transformer section?
This is an epic fail for Digital DJs and producers.
Apple have also opted to go the Solid State Drive route as standard now, for storage and I daresay this is the future. Unfortunately because Hard Drives – either Serial ATA or USB – have become relatively cheap we’ve all got massive libraries of files. The 250 Gigabytes (upgradeable to 500) is not nearly enough for most DJ libraries.
For producers, it is even a bigger fail since most will have massive sound libraries and many of the latest software instruments also sport huge libraries such as Native Instruments Komplete for example.
So as sexy as the new Macbook is – it reportedly has a battery life that will last all day too – right now as things stand, it simply is not going to be a suitable solution for DJs and producers.
Watch this hilarious video on the new Macbook….