Logic Pro M1 (Pro & Max) Benchmarks

Last updated: October 28th 2021

Here is the Logic Pro X Benchmark project file to use. Just download it, run it and see how many tracks you can get to play without having the “System overload” window show up.

Make sure that you’re running 1024 Samples and that you’re choosing the max cores that your computer is supporting (see picture below).

To see the CPU performance, close all other apps you currently have running on your computer besides Logic Pro X and open the Activity Monitor app.

Go to Settings -> Audio. In the Devices tab, make sure that the I/O Buffer Size is set to 1024 and that the Processing Threads are set to the highest amount (not Automatic).

Here are two more tests, Alchemy Test and Diva test. Both of these tests are intended to run on Logic Pro X and it’s the same principle as the test above. If you can, duplicate as many tracks (with the midi-regions) as you can. The more tracks that can be played at the same time, the better.

Video explaining the difference between the iMac 27 2019 with an i9 Processor vs other Mac models.
Mac Computer# of Test Tracks
MacBook Pro 16" M1 Max 64GB RAM185
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB RAM 181
MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB RAM178
MacBook Pro 2020 13 M1 16GB RAM106
MacBook Air M1 8-Core110
Mac Pro 6.1 Xeon E5 6-core 3.5Ghz72
iMac 27 2020 6-Core i5 3.3Ghz107
MacBook Pro 13 Mid-2012 i7 2.9Ghz5
MacBook Pro 15 Mid 2012 i7 2.3Ghz37
MacBook Pro Mid 2014 2.6 i514
Mac Mini i7 8700B 6-core91
MacBook Pro 13 2015 i5 2.7Ghz19
Mac Pro 5.1 12-core114
MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 2.4Ghz105
Mac Mini 2020 M1 8-core109
MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 2.3 8Core99
MacBook Pro Mid 2014 i7 2.5Ghz 4-core30
MacBook Pro 2017 2.3Ghz i521
iMac Late 2012 3,4Ghz i747
Mac Pro 2010 12-core 3.33Ghz104
Mac Pro 2013 Xeon 8-Core88
Mac Pro 4,1 2009 2×3.46Ghz 6-core Intel Xeon109
iMac 27″ Late 2015 i7 4Ghz54
MacBook Pro, Early 2011, i7 4 core 2Ghz21
MacBook Pro 15 i9-9980h 8-core90
Mac Pro 2020 Xeon W 28-core386
Mac Pro 2013 E5 2697 12-core119
iMac 27 2020 i7 8-core123
Mac Pro 2019 16-core265
iMac 27 2014 i7 4Ghz42
MacBook Air 13 i5 20183
MacBook Pro 13 i5 201614
iMac 27 2017 i5 3,5Ghz 27
MacBook Pro 15 2018 2,2Ghz i7 67
iMac 27 2019 i9 8-Core125
iMac 27 2020 i9 3,6Ghz 10-core136

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      1. Mac Pro 2019 / 16-core / 180 tracks.
        I wonder what the difference is?
        I’m running Logic 10.6.1 on Catalina 10.15.7
        Buffer 1024, 32 threads, 64 bit precision, medium process buffer
        I have 48GB RAM, but it’s nothing like full – about 25% utilised.
        Interestingly, Logic Pro runs at 100% on its own meters but iStat menus says CPU is running at 84%.
        My CPU won’t single-core turbo boost past 4.23GHz and for most of the benchmark test is running at ~3.9 GHz.

    1. I got a very different result.

      Mac Pro 2019 Xeon W 28-core 2.5Ghz, 384GB 2933MHz DDR4, Radeon Pro Vega II 32GB, 8TB internal SSD, Catalina 10.15.7, Logic 10.6.0, Output Device: Mac Pro Speakers, Input Device: None, I/O Buffer Size: 1024 samples, Process Buffer Range: Medium, Processing Threads: Automatic (56), Multithreading: Playback & Live Tracks, Summing: High Precision (64-bit)

      Total tracks before overload: 275

  1. iMac 27″ Late 2015, I7 4GHz, 4 Core, 32 GB RAM, Apollo Twin Mk. II Thunderbolt – 9.12.2 drivers, 1 TB SSD, 54 tracks

    1. Bought on eBay for £1350 = £13 per track
      28 Core costs £12.5k minimum- so for 386 tracks that costs £32 per track, though I’m sure there are other benefits.

      1. Interesting calculation. But my friend Daniel’s Mac Pro 2020 was not purchased for music production actually. It is mainly used for video production and rendering.
        But I was curious and so I persuaded him to make this test.

      2. Unfortunately this is a synthetic test, which won’t show any other bottlenecks that will happen in real life scenarios. I have the 4.1 12-core that scored 109 in this test, that in my latest project which utilises many kontakt instruments, reading samples off the disk etc, it actually performs worst than my mac pro 6.1 6-core that only scored 72. Newer macs come with better ram bandwidth, better disk bandwidth, better interfacing and more. Just my thoughts!

        1. I agree
          My maxed out 5.1 can open 114 tracks but sucks when i use 6 instances of diva and a few other plugins thats why i think im going to buy a imac 2020 8 or 10 core.

  2. MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
    Intel Core i7-4870HQ @ 2.5Ghz (4-cores, 8-threads)
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    = 30 tracks with Turbo Boost OFF
    = 24 tracks with Turbo Boost ON

    Waiting for the new Apple Silicon Macs in order to check their native software performance. Then I might upgrade if they perform better than an Intel 2020.

  3. iMac 27 i7 3,8 Ghz 8-Core / 32 GB 3200 Mhz DDR4
    160 Tracks – 44,1 KHz – io Buffer Size 64
    60 Tracks – 96 KHz – io Buffer Size 64

  4. iMac 27 inch 2020, 3,3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5, 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4 – 107 tracks on advised settings.

    1. There is a test coming very soon – all M1 processors on Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and FL Studio.

        1. Thanks Ricky for this information. I can see that your CPU is not maxed out in the test. Could you put the max amount of samples (1024) and adjust the amount of cores to the maximum value in the settings window you have up and re-do the test?

          1. I assume you refer to the I/O Buffer Size. I agree that if you have it on the highest value, it’s not really ideal to produce music with. This test makes sure that all of the systems that do this test shows it’s maximum capacity. That is why it’s important to have it set to extreme settings.

        2. Hy Ricky, thank you for your valuable entry!
          Does it manage well multiple instances of virtual instruments?

          1. For Logic instruments its on par with my 16′ MacBook Book Pro.

            What kind of VI do you use ?

            Because by now, Kontakt cannot be installed and u-he still work better on my MBP (10 heavy instances of Diva vs 3-4 on the Mac mini)

          2. Regarding VI I’m using Trilian, Serum, Chromaphone, Twin 2, Iris V.2, VocalSynth 2, bx_oberhausen, -U-NO-LX, XILS 3 et Largo. I don’t have Diva but it’s well known for being CPU intensive. So the Mac Mini M1 can’t manage more than 4 Diva? Mmm, How many Alchemy instances can it manage then?

            My reference point is this video:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF1zEUDOePU

            From your results, it looks like the Mac Mini M1 is far below the Mac Mini 3.2 i7 no(?)

          3. Regarding your plugins, I can only tell you that U-NO-LX works.
            I performed the Logic Benchmark project replacing Sculpture with Alchemy’s basic patch, a 128 E/S Buffer (to get closer to a producing situation) and it was able to run 22 channels vs 25 on my MBP.

            I wait for NI stuff to be compatible (even under Rosetta) to be able to estimate real world performances.

            One thing is for sure, its dead silent even under heavy workloads.

          4. Thank you Ricky,
            In fact, my mac pro 2009 (2×2,26 nehelem) died. My choices are the mac mini M1 (with 16Gb RAM and 1Tb SSD) or a Mac Pro 2013 (I can have one for 1000 euros). I don’t really mind waiting for 3rd party plugins, my main and most important tool is Logic. To be honest, even if the 2013 mac pro is compatible with Big Sur, I’m a bit scared because what if Apple claim next OS needs T2 chip in a year or so? Then T1 equipped macs won’t be able to get the last version of the OS and Logic as well :/ (just to be clear, I don’t need the last OS, I just need to be able to update Logic, but as you know Apple is linking its things).
            Being future proof is indeed also important to me.
            Usually Apple support its products 5 to 7 years after they stopped to make it. As mac pro 2013 has been sold until late 2018, it should be supported at least until 2023, but sometimes Apple is full of surprise :( If the Mac Pro can hold until 2023 that would give me enough time to see what will come and why not a sort of mac mini pro or let’s say a more advanced one, with more TB/USB port and a M2 chip, why not (?).

            If anyone could give their thoughts to help me it would be very much appreciated :)

          5. To be honest, I think that these new Macs are just the base of what Apple will offer with this generation and the 2013 Mac Pro GPU isn’t enough reliable.
            Is your Mac Pro really impossible to prepare ? Because regrading the price, neither the Mac mini nor the Mac Pro are obvious choices.
            First, the Mac Pro is expensive and on the other end, Apple is going to deliver more powerful iMac/MacBooks/MacMini? by Q2 2021.
            My advice would be to get your Mac Pro back to work for 3-6 more months before going to Apple Silicon.

  5. My Mac Pro 5.1 12 core 64 gb ram 2tb nvme ssd Radeon 580xt opens 114 Tracks.
    I think in real life newer Macs can handle more heavy cpu stress even when they open less tracks here in this test.

  6. Sorry if this is a basic question but I’m really baffled.

    How come when the “system overload” message appears Logic suggests “increase the buffer size“ yet this makes the problem worse. Ie at 1024 the system overloads quicker and you have to lower the amount of selected tracks in order to complete a smooth play through.

    Lowering The buffer to 128 allows for a lot more tracks to be played.

    My results:
    128: 45 tracks, 256: 40 tracks, 512: 35 tracks, 1028: 30 tracks and this goes up quite a bit if the buffer range is changed to large

    Can anyone shed light?

    Thanks is so much!

  7. 43 tracks (but could have been more (about 50 tracks I guess) because I had word, chrome with many tabs, adobe reader and an external monitor running) on Macbook Pro Mid 2020 i5 Quad Core 1,4 Ghz 8GB Ram Catalina.

  8. Interesting point I wasn’t aware of!
    what you mean by not reliable? they tend to physically fail or you mean not powerful enough? both?
    Regarding upcoming products I totally agree with you but, there is a but, in the past I owned a MacBook (I still have it actually, just using it as audio analyzer with flux:: (this is where the 2nd RJ45 port of the Mac Pro is very welcome)) and an iMac, but it don’t really fit my setup. Regarding the Mac Pro 2009, no, the CPU tray died. 890 euros for a tray with cpu’s. So it is the end of the road :)

    Regarding the M1 until now, I couldn’t find something: on the intel version, the two USB ports are connected to the same controller, is it the same on the M1? If it’s the case, I can only connect the RME UFX on it. the second port is lost. so basically I don’t really know if it can handle my setup nicely thru various HUBs. Here’s my actual setup:
    RME UFX (USB 2), 5 x midi controller/keyboards/pads…, 8×8 midi i/o (usb 3) to connect my hardware synths, Roland TR-8 (USB 2), Access VirusTi Snow (USB 2), iLok (USB), e-licenser (USB), Apple Trackpad (BT), Expert Mouse Wired Trackball (USB), HDD/SSD storage bay (USB 3). Aside I have a small fanless PC to handle two RME Multiface II linked to the UFX thru adat + WordClock. The MacBook (connected to a 34inch monitor) is just for the Fluxx:: Analyzers and some business stuff.
    If I have to cut off things, well I could, probably a bit convenient but certainly not a drama:
    I can manually sync the TR-8 (As I did in the beginning when their driver was a total mess…then no need to connect it to USB port), I can drive the VirusTi with a 3rd party soft using din midi i/o instead of USB. By 5 controllers, I can connect 3 of them on the midi i/o to release some USB ports. Rest is needed. It is a cut down (can we say that in English?) but feasible.

    Still a hard choice as the mac pro 2013 seller is waiting for my answer tomorrow or the next day !

    I feel like a dog under the rain :D

    PS: please forgive my non-native English :p

  9. 2012 Mac Pro 64 Gigs Ram, NVME drive Apogee Symphony 45 tracks at 1024 buffers using USB …I only get 40 tracks if I use the 64 pcie card…

  10. MacBook Pro 15 Late 2011, i7 2,4ghz and 16gb of ram.
    27 tracks on the benchmark.
    I was feeling it restrictive. I would definitely go for a Mac mini M1 as a desktop machine.
    I will just wait to understand if 8 or 16gb of ram are a big difference.
    And ofc I will hold my old MacBook as a portable lightweight machine

    1. How did you get 110? I have a 16 GB RAM MacBook Air M1 and I’m getting system overload at 90 tracks.

  11. MacBook Pro, 13″, Early 215, 3.1GHz i7, 16 GB, 512 SSD, 15 tracks, is this normal? I thought my mac was still powerful…

    1. why did you think your mac was still powerful? it only has 2 cores! it never was a very powerful machine. not when you bought it either

    2. I just upgraded to a 2018 Mac Mini i7 from a 2014 13″ MBP i7-16GB RAM. Yeah the poor 13″ MBPs with the dual core i7s can’t handle too much. The best you can do is freeze tracks so it doesn’t take up resources. I got tired of doing that so I got a good deal on the Mac Mini. Makes a big difference with the 6 core i7! I wasn’t ready to make the leap to the M1s as I want to give it another couple of years for the Apple silicon to mature.

  12. Mac Pro Late 2013 3.7Ghz 4-Core Intel Xeon E5: 44 Tracks
    AlchemyTest: 80 Tracks

    MacBook Air Intel 2020 1.1Ghz 4-Core: 31 Tracks
    AlchemyTest: 55 Tracks

    I should have bought Macbook Air 4 months later… :D

  13. MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014), 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    New Logic Benchmark— 22 tracks

  14. Late 2016 MacBook Pro 2.9Ghz Quad-Core i7 / 16GB / 2TB OS 10.14.6.
    New Logic Benchmark.

    42 tracks.

  15. Huh? I am able to run *more* channels at 32 samples than 1024… how about that. 12-core Mac Pro 5,1 – 106 vs 102

  16. 2018 Mac mini, 3.2 i7 6 core 32gb ram, logic 10.5.1

    74 tracks

    I think i am not getting as high as the other minis here as i am using 58 inch screen but not bad and more than enough for my projects, but i will be getting the new M1 mini.

    Anyone need a mac mini????

    1. Yeah also interested to know more..

      I have a 18 core 9980Xe Hackintosh and that only reaches 211 tracks :)

      Andy

  17. MBP 13″ early 2011 2.7 i7, 16GB RAM, 11 Tracks. Nearly 10 years old – not bad! I’d been putting off upgrading to another intel model as I mostly track audio on this and edit on the trashcan, so the performance boost for another intel portable was not justified, perhaps now I could just use the M1 Air for both.

  18. Hi Everybody. My kinda old IMac (21,5 Late 2013 2,7 i5 16 gb ram 1tb ssd) plays 19 Tracks.
    I will definitely go for the Base MB Air as soon as I can.

  19. 287 tracks on my Hackintosh: AMD Ryzen 3950X 3.5GHz (16C/32T), 64GB 3600MHz DDR4, Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1TB

  20. Mid 2015 15″ MacBook Pro, 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3. 26 tracks. Pretty discouraging actually.

  21. Mac mini (Late 2012)_2.3 GHz Intel Core i7_16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3_ tracked on internal boot drive SSD..34 Tracks

  22. It looks like the M1 Macbook air is going to be my pick, but i’m trying to determine if i need 16gb or if the 8gb ram would be fine. These SoCs seem to be much more efficient with their ram usage, can anyone confirm any major track/plugin count differences between 8 and 16gb models?

    1. I’ve tried the Mac Mini 8GB RAM vs MacBook Air M1 16GB RAM and there’s no major difference.

  23. 480 tracks at 128 buffer size with a Hackintosh.
    9980 Xe (18 cores), 128 Gb Ram, UA Apollo Twin

  24. MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
    2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    22 tracks

  25. Macbook Unibody Late 2009 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26gHz, 4 GB ram (I know, not exactly the latest model…): 7 tracks + the empty audio track XD
    All the other ones were off (option-click on the off button)

  26. Imac 2020 3.1 ghz 6 core i5 10500 – 32gb memory
    98 tracks can loop forever. 110 tracks can play but for a short while. So this is a very important part of the test which should’ve been included in the instructions that your computer should be able to keep looping! I am afraid there are people who just press play and stop it after couple seconds and report the number of tracks here.
    I don’t believe for example that 10600 (3.3ghz 2020 imac) can handle 9 more tracks than 10500, as some user above reported. That’s almost 10% more performance.

  27. i9-10920x 32gb 2933mhz ram hackintosh – 163 tracks looping. Was hoping to get 200+ considering the other results of i9 x series.

  28. 2018 Mac Mini i7-16GB RAM-1TB SSD macOS 10.15.7 Catalina. I got up to 82 tracks when setting buffer to 128 but it crashed at 78 when using 1024. According to the Activity monitor, I was only using 8 GB RAM total and still had room left. Would it make a difference to add more memory (like 32GB) or does it really not matter with Logic? I bought the memory but haven’t added it yet.

  29. Hackintosh: Huananzhi F8D, 2x E5-2678 V3, 64Gb DDR4
    Results in NewLogicBenchmarkTest 2.logicx: 235 tracks

  30. I have so far tired 3 Macs for the Benchmark test and here are the results:

    1; iMac 5K 2019 3.0GHz 6-Core I5-8500 Turbo Boost 4.1GHz 16GB RAM => 65 Tracks

    2; MacBook Air 2020 M1 8GB RAM => 63 Tracks

    3; MacBook Pro 2015 2.7GHz Dual-Core I5-5272 Turbo Boost 3.1GHz 8GB RAM => 15 Tracks

    Conclusion: According to the tests which have been done so far, a higher number of cores is more preferable than CPU speed.

    I have also noticed this benchmark has higher system demands than normal projects. Which can be caused by the numbers of plug-in and MIDI tracks rather than being audio files.

  31. found this and tested my stuff. 2011 MacBook Pro 13 inch 2.4 i5, 8 gigs ran 9 tracks. so I needed a new machine. found a 2010 Mac Pro on craigslist. dual 6 core xeon 2.93, 32 gigs ran 91 no worries. best 500 I may have ever spent. oh BTW my old mid 2010 Mac mini with 16 gigs in it ran 5. oh the good old days!

  32. MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015) – 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 – 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 – Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

    Somewhere between 14-15 tracks it overloads (with NewLogicBenchmarkTest 2.logicx)… I have another beast that I’ve been using for years (iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) 3,5 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM) where I get the same results as @Wietse tested above. But I am about to get an M1 and was curious to see how my old MacBook Air fairs in your test. Thanks.

  33. 2019 27′ iMac Retina 5K 8GB Ram 2667mhz DDR4,3 ghz, 1TB fusion drive, 6 core –
    All 128 tracks play on loop (manually set 6 processing threads in Logic).

    If I add 1 more s/w track I get system overload at around bar 10

  34. 85 tracks of the Benchmark Test 2
    100 tracks of the Alchemy test
    Mac mini (M1, 2020)
    16GB RAM
    Output = Mac mini Speakers
    I/O Buffer Size = 1024
    Processing Threads = 8 (4 High Performance Cores)
    Process Buffer Range = Large
    Multithreading = Playback Tracks
    Summing = High Precision (64 bit)
    Sample Rate = 44.1khz

  35. Macbook Pro16, i9 2,4Ghz, 32gb RAM, 2tb SSD, Radeon 5500 8gb.
    Catalina 10.15.7

    LogicAlchemyTest – 169 max
    NewLogicBecnhmarkTest2 – 76 max
    Diva – not installed.
    Is it ok?
    As for me my macbook is enough for my music projects because 25%-45% of CPU usage in project uses.

  36. MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017), 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3

    NewLogicBecnhmarkTest2: 42 tracks

  37. MacPro5,1 (2010); 2 X 6-Core Intel Xeon; 3.46 GHz; 12 Cores (reports 24 in Logic with hyperthreading); 64 GB 1333 MHz DDR3; 1TB NVME SSD; Mojave 10.14.6

    Result: 111 Tracks

    MacBook Air (M1, 2020); 8 core; 8GB; Big Sur 11.5.1

    Result: 63 tracks (although not if you start it with 63 – I had to start with about 40 and add successively before it freaks out at 63)

    Conclusion: hold onto my antique MacPro workhorse a bit longer , even though it heats up my studio like an oven. Quite impressive result for Apple’s entry level laptop though, and still usable for small projects

    1. You need to enable all cores in Logic Pro audio settings on the MacBook Air. You should be able to do about 109 tracks with the m1 MacBook Air with all cores enabled.

      1. In fact it was with the buffer size set to 128.
        I did the test again (while screen capturing) and went up to 178 tracks !!

        Barely noticed the fans was running (a lot quieter than the cars outside of my office)

        Configuration:
        2021 MacBook Pro 14″ M1Pro 16GB – 1TB SSD

        Video Link: https://imgur.com/a/yflg8B5
        Had to trim below the 60 seconds upload limit

        1. Thank you Rick! Updating the tables now. I just got my M1 Pro 16 and I’m getting similar results. A full YouTube video with all comparisons will be up later today :)

  38. Can anyone, who already owned M1 Pro or Max, tell please – is it matter now for 3d party plug-ins or virtual instruments how many RAM do we have on ARM? It seems like nobody’s testing a lot of plug-ins and virtual instruments from 3d party developers in hard tests.
    For example: I am writing orchestral music, I have a lot of 3rd party virtual instruments playing in the same time

  39. I’ve got the base model 14.

    Configuration:
    2021 MacBook Pro 14″ M1Pro 16GB 8 core– 512gb SSD

    143 tracks.

    This makes sense and much more than the 105 that someone on YouTube got, while still behind the 10 core.

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