2017 MacBooks for studios & TOUCH Bar for Ableton!

2017 MacBooks for studios & TOUCH Bar for Ableton!

October 10, 2019 63 By Kailee Schamberger


what’s up guys today I’ve got something
special you see three MacBooks in front of you right here if you’re wondering
why I’ve got these three watch my last video because there I explained why I’m
getting rid of my macbook 12 right here I’ve had it for a year it’s been great
for me but it’s time to upgrade and I want to give you a comparison of the Mac
books that you can buy right now in 2017 I’ve got a MacBook 12-inch here this is
a 2015 model I’ve got a MacBook Pro with the touch bar super cool and I’ve got
the regular MacBook Pro this is an entry level model MacBook Pro now I’m making
this video for creators in particular people who are doing music production or
video production GarageBand and logic have some touch bar functionality but if
you’re using Ableton or something else they really haven’t built anything into
those into that software so what can you use it for and I’ve got a surprise for
you when it comes to that so watch until the end so what I’m gonna do is run
these three through Ableton now I realize not everyone uses Ableton so I’m
gonna run something similar through GarageBand also I don’t just do music
production I make these YouTube videos so I’m also going to test out Final Cut
Pro X and I’m going to load in a 4k video and some of you doubt that you can
do 4k on a macbook 12 but you can though the last few videos I’ve done I actually
edited all of them 4k video in using the MacBook 12 alright let’s get started
first up Ableton alright first we’re just gonna open ableton live 9 suite
here we go 1 2 3 wow that was interesting all right
the MacBook without touch bar was the first up then the touch bar MacBook and
last kind of expected was MacBook tomorrow all right next we’re gonna load
a song all three are going to load the same song here we go one two three first
up was the MacBook without touch bar next we’re going to export a song this
song is 2 minutes and 43 seconds long here we go 1 2 3 all right now quick
with no touch bar finishes first next up is with the touch bar and finally well
still working macbook 12 all right i’ve loaded up one of my songs and in
addition to that I’ve loaded up 10 tracks of accredit plugins on all three
laptops and add a double reverb so all of those 10 tracks so we’re gonna see
what the CPU usage is like and here we go we’re gonna play them 1 2 3 okay
we’ve got the regular MacBook Pro at about 14% CPU usage we’ve got the touch
bar MacBook Pro at 14 to 15 percent usage and very steady on the MacBook 12
we’re about at 34 35 winners and now in GarageBand we’re doing an export song to
disk here we go similar results with that touch bar
first touch bar second and micro 12 last all right and for the next test we’re
going to do the full movie rendering this is a three minute and 34 second
movie in 4k and the race is on all right MacBook Pro with touch bar is done
the winners right here all right back with pro without touch bar is done all
right the MacBook 12 is finally finished there
it is now that was considerably longer let’s
talk about the touch bar so GarageBand and Logic Pro do make use of the touch
bar I don’t use either of those applications but if you are Garage Band
or Logic Pro you user you’ll be happy to know that you do have some extra extra
functions there so I’m super excited about this I found someone who made a
touch bar program for any da W so that’s any DAW that doesn’t already have touch
bar functionality built in you can use this now it’s limited in what it can do
but it gets a really good starting it’s called MIDI touch bar and I’m gonna put
a link to it down in the description below so you can download it yourself
it’s free now there’s a lot that you can do with this you can do some of the
obvious things like control the transport right now that’s not a huge deal because you
can start and stop with a space bar where it gets interesting though is
where you can start controlling different things now you can assign
everything in MIDI so if you’re using Ableton for example you can go to the
MIDI mapping screen and assign whatever you want to faders – buttons – to
anything that this touch bar application does I’ve actually assigned two of the
faders to control frequency and resonance on this software instrument so
as it’s playing there’s a frequency change
now I’m gonna solo as you can hear and it’s adjusting the frequency and
resonance as I’m moving my fingers I just tried that with this one with this
one instrument on the song and now you couldn’t do this before because you just
had one mouse pointer to do all that clicking or dragging across Ableton this
is really cool and I was so excited when I found this I’m still new to using the
MacBook Pro with the touch bar I am gonna be keeping this one and I am NOT
going to be keeping the MacBook Pro the entry-level one this gives me a lot more
performance with Final Cut Pro that’s where I was really hurting before so
this is really going to improve my life the touch bar does show a lot of
potential I’m gonna be using that a lot in Final Cut Pro and a little bit in
Ableton as well and I’ll I’ll have another video showing you more of the
features of what you can do with that touch bar midi controller for Ableton in
an upcoming video if you like this video please hit the like button below and hit
the subscribe button if you haven’t already I’ve got more videos like this
with more music production and video production and other cool gadgets coming
up so you don’t want to miss out on that Final Cut Pro X we’re going to it’s called MIDI touch bar and I’m gonna
put a link to it’s called MIDI touch bar and I’m gonna pull it