Any power Garageband users out there?
A musician friend would like to start using Garageband and to date her only Apple device is her phone. So she is considering a MacBook of some sort or an iPad Pro, and was interested in a deal she saw on last year’s iPad Pros.
Any advice I would give would be slanted towards suitability for photo / video which she does not do so much of. However, I think the Pencil 2 solves the annoyances with the original Pencil, and since the Pencil 2 is incompatible with the old iPad and vice versa, I’d recommend the newest iPad. Similarly, there are huge discounts right now on 2017 MBPs but I wouldn’t want her to get one of those and suffer from keyboard dust issues. I even suggested a Mac Mini might be worth considering as she already has displays and keyboards.
She is likely to be using multiple tracks on Garageband and is wondering what hardware spec she should be looking for (RAM, storage, CPU, dongles, docks, connections to external displays and music gear), as she does not want to pay for a machine that ends up being underpowered. She is also weighing the pros and cons of iOS vs Mac OS, and is intrigued by the possibility of using touch / Pencil with Garageband, versus not having that option with Mac OS.
I sent her the iPhonedo video demonstrating recreating the Wonder Woman theme in Garageband for iPad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDFopDPLw2s&t=651s ).
Any thoughts would be appreciated.