Which Mac Pro to make Logic 9 run like Usain Bolt?
Im in the market to upgrade my studio Mac as my current system is not powerful enough for my Logic 9 needs, and is seriously hindering my workflow and creativity with the continual 'system overload - the audio engine was not able to process all required data in time' message.
I have a 27" iMac 2.8ghz i5 from 2010 with 16GB of ram, and use Logic 9 with some VERY large projects and I'm sick of constantly having to bounce channels / groups in order for projects to even play through without seeing the system overload message.
I am looking to upgrade to a Mac Pro but have a few concerns regarding which model to choose. Performance-wise i am looking for a machine that will run Logic 9 like an absolute dream, and i am torn between the following three machines -
1) New Mac Pro quad 3.7ghz
2) Older Mac Pro 6 core 3.3ghz
3) Older Mac Pro 12 Core 2.66ghz
I am unsure basically whether to lean towards processors with more cores or higher clock speed, as i am unsure which will benefit Logic 9 the most and make it run fluidly. (This is also assuming the processor is the source of my woes as using Activity Monitor i seem to be nowhere near maxing out my RAM but the CPU monitor in the Logic 9 window is continually smashing into the red and prompting the overload message.)
I also need to consider -
1) As i am using Logic 9, i am still using OSX 10.6.8 (after using all newer versions up to Mavericks this is by far the most stable.) I am assuming that this will not be possible if i am using one of the newer Mac Pro models. I use Logic X on my portable studio and I'm not sold on it enough to warrant it being on my main studio computer.
2) I am using firewire 800 to connect my UAD2 satellite and Apogee Ensemble, both of which i cannot live without. I am also assuming as there are no firewire ports on the new Mac Pro this will be another problem that will need a workaround.
Any help that people can give me is gratefully appreciated, and any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed.