After weeks of anticipation, Apple today announced that their line of MacBook Pro notebook computers now feature Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor. With the new processors, sleek styling, and rock-solid Mac OS X operating system, it’s easy to say that the MacBook Pro is the ultimate laptop computer for DJs, electronic musicians, sound designers, and recording engineers.

At the low end of the MacBook Pro line is the 15-inch widescreen model with a 2.16GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, 6x dual-layer Superdrive, and and a 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card. Base price: $1999.

One step up from that is the 15-inch widescreen model with a 2.33GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, 6x dual-layer Superdrive, and and a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card. Base Price: $2499.

The super-sized top-of-the-line Macbook Pro features a 17-inch widescreen with a 2.33GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 8x dual-layer Superdrive, and and a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card. Base price: $2999.

Upgrade options for all models include memory up to 3GB, hard drive up to 200GB (4200rpm), and choice of matte or glossy screen.

All MacBook Pros come standard with one FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port, two USB 2.0 ports (three on the 17-inch model), built-in Airport Extreme (802.11g) wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0, combined optical digital audio in/out, built-in iSight camera, and backlit keyboard with ambient light sensors.

If you’re a DJ or computer musician, you really can’t go wrong with any of these MacBook models. You’ll want to make sure you have a minimum of 2GB or RAM. And stay away from that 200GB 4200rpm hard drive option… it’s just too slow to be reliable for intensive audio recording or playback. Instead, buy yourself an external FireWire 800 hard drive for your audio files and keep them off your system drive. Lastly, because the MacBook Pro has a ExpressCard/34 slot instead of a standard PCMCIA card slot, you’ll need to use a FireWire audio interface, as opposed to a PC card audio interface.

The new MacBook Pros are available today.