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Downloaded for. Pro tools 9. However the Mac mini was unloved for a long time because of the low processor count until recently.
Although there was a 4-core server version for a while, which at the time made a very cost effective Pro Tools computer, Apple chose to discontinue that model, but because it was so good as a basic Pro Tools computer the 4-core server version was a sought-after computer on the secondhand market. However, in terms of a new Mac mini, we were left with 2-core Mac minis for a number of years until Apple announced the Mac mini We had heard reports from some Pro Tools users who are already using the Mac mini in studios, some in Hollywood post facilities suggesting that the small footprint and price may belie the power an some had said it might be a viable alternative to a Mac Pro Late with similar performance.
By this stage we were getting lot of feedback from community members that the Mac mini was an excellent Pro Tools computer….
Being a student late bloomer at 34 years young I was able to get a discount on my Apple order. I have had zero issues with heat or CPU throttling. It can handle any session that I throw at it. Whether it be tracking or editing or mixing. Personally I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about picking one of these up to just do it.
But as with all things Apple, spend the extra money and get a large enough internal storage so you're not constantly battling space on your OS drive. I no longer have to freeze tracks, which I was doing constantly on the Mac Pro cheese-grater. However, the graphics are where the Mac Mini will fall down if I intend on doing any video or graphics intensive work, so in that case I will definitely require an eGPU.
Tracking at lower buffer sizes 32 and 64 samples also works surprisingly well. Avid has stated that there are known CPU performance issues when working at lower buffer sizes. We then asked community member Simon Nakra to share his experiences of using a Mac mini Simon had been running a 5. One Community Member's Experience. With all this interest in the Mac mini we had been asked by many people to take a look at it to see if the claims of it being 'awesome' or that the 'USB2 audio is broken' are true.
There's some merit in other reviews and also in anecdotal evidence from forums and social media, but to be frank, the only way to get to the facts was to test it ourselves and so we purchased Yes we paid for it a Mac mini with the following configuration…. Not only did we test this Mac mini on its own we also benchmarked it against a Mac Pro Late and also a 12 Core Mac Pro 5,1 to give you a sense of the power under the hood of the Mac mini For the Basic model we are going for the 3.
For the superior model we are going for the 3. By adding one of the Sonnet expansion chassis you can put together a very cost effective HDX 1 system and we have plans to take our Mac mini and test it with an expansion chassis to see how it performs. However there are a number of caveats and limitations for each of these configurations so please check our article or the Pro Tools System Requirements pages for more information.
In this article, we explore what Apple would need to do to the Mac mini to make it even better than the Mac mini model.
We have the details…. We've been asked by many people to take a look at the Mac mini to see if the claims of it being 'awesome' on the one hand or that the 'USB2 audio is broken' are true. There's some merit in other reviews and also in anecdotal evidence from forums and social media, but to be frank, the only way to get to the facts is to test it ourselves. Not only have we tested this Mac mini on its own but benchmarked it against a Mac Pro Late to give you a sense of the power under the hood of the Mac mini It is fairly well known that Apple would always rather you buy a computer from them as a completed system.
However, this is not always the most cost effective approach for us the computer buying public. Thanks, in part of Apple making the RAM of the new Mac Mini a user serviceable upgrade you can now take advantage of after market RAM and give your machine top spec without the top spec price tag.
Watch the video or read the step-by-step iFixIt guide and decide for yourself. The new MacBook mini, described by Apple as the biggest update ever. It is interesting to see that the percentage of people using a Mac Pro 5,1, which was discontinued in , has increased from our analysis of the polls we took in and when we asked the question What Type And Style Of Pro Tools Computer Do You Use? As both Mike and James have found out the Mac Pro 5,1 is still very upgradeable.
Mike is still running macOS Even after that, he could still choose to continue using it as long as he accepts not being able to upgrade either the macOS or Pro Tools from that point. Looking at the Avid Pro Tools System Requirements compatibility document they are still listing two models as supported fro Pro Tools They are…. Avid have one additional caveat in that they only support one video graphics card. We do recommend that you make sure you get one that a custom flashed Mac compatible version.
An unflashed PC graphics card won't display anything until the startup sequence is finished. You will need to go for a second hand computer. You may well be able to find all the components cheaper around the internet from places like Amazon and eBay, but to get a realistic price of components that are guaranteed to work we are going to use the Create Pro calculator.
For the basic option we are going to use the closest option to the Avid approved Mid Mac Pro 5,1 6-Core 'Westmere' 3. For the superior option we are going to use the closest option to the Avid approved Mid Mac Pro 5,1 Core 'Westmere' 2. With all the discussion about new Mac Pro coming, how good the Mac Mini is as a Pro Tools computer reminded me that a while back I had bought replacement processors for my Mac Pro 5,1 cheese-grater , which I had never got around to fitting. This article will show how to change the processor chips in a Mac Pro 5,1 Mid cheese-grater and will show the difference this has made to my Pro Tools computer.
This time Rich shows the upgrade process from a single processor to a dual processor.
In this case giving 12 cores at 3. Just how many tracks of Boom can you run at 64 samples with 12 cores? The numbers will amaze you and the performance will make you think twice before forking out for a new machine.