In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Edit James Ivey leaves the comfort of his home studio for a trip into central London to the Soho HQ of UK pro audio reseller Jigsaw24. They arranged for James to run the Pro Tools Expert Power Test session on a brand new, fresh out of the box Apple iMac Pro. Watch and see how this new machine fares and see if James could push it to the limit.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank looks into building a "Plan B" Pro Tools Host Computer, on a budget.
Following reports that indicate Intel processors from the last 10 years suffer from a severe chip-level security bug that The Register reports the fix must be undertaken at the OS level. We now know that Apple's recent High Sierra updates are safe from the Meltdown bug, and a fix for the Spectre bug is in the works and Microsoft has released fixes too. We will bring you more as we get it.
We get a lot of people asking us what we think is going to be happening in the world of recording during any given year. First, we look back at our predictions for 2017 before offering our 5 audio recording industry predictions for 2018.
Over the last year or so the startup disk on my main Pro Tools Mac Pro has had around 30GB of free space available on a 500GB SSD, not great but not the end of the world either. The other morning though my Mac suddenly informed me that my startup disk was almost full. I couldn't get on with any work until this was sorted, it was time to clear out my digital cupboard.
We regularly get asked these types of questions with people wanting to know if a particular version of Pro Tools will work with a particular version of the Mac or Windows operating systems and also whether it will work on their particular computer. This article is designed to be a resource to help you access the comprehensive information already provided by Avid but not always the easier to find on their site.
After the rumours of when Apple would release the new iMac Pro, especially as 207 is running out, Apple has announced the release of the long-awaited iMac Pro on December 14th 2017.Apple has given one or 2 people machines to play with ahead of the release, including YouTube personality Marques Brownlee was given the iMac Pro for a week ahead of the launch. Watch this video and learn about his thoughts on the system.
It would appear that a Google search has shown that the iMac Pro will be released on December 18th, 2017. Apple did state that the mew professional iMac would be released before the end of 2017 and if this 'leak' turns out to be true, it will also give Apple the opportunity to increase its iMac sales and improve its fourth-quarter earnings.
If you follow our MacOS 10.13 High Sierra Pro Audio Compatibility Guide With Regular Updates article and as a Pro Tools user you haven't updated to macOS High Sierra then you can breathe a huge sigh of relief. However, if you have updated to macOS High Sierra 10.13 then you need to read this article and we recommend you follow the excellent advice for the Mac Rumors web site or the article from Maintain, the people behind the Cocktail macOS utility application.
Apple has shown off the iMac Pro and space grey accessories at the recent Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit where visitors were able to get close up to an iMac Pro and take pictures. But what about the pricing of the iMac Pro. Apple has said the base model will be $5000, but it would appear that the top-of-the-range model could be $17,000!
We posted an article recently on Pro Tools Expert that explored all current replacements for Mac Pro 5.1 'Cheese Grater' computers for Pro Tools production. We asked The Pro Tools Expert Mac Pro Community to vote for the solution they would go for as a viable Mac Pro 5.1 replacement. This poll received over 1,000 votes - The option of waiting for the next 'modular' Mac Pro 7.1 (expected to be announced in 2018) winning the poll at 28.68%
In this article, we are going to explore the range of options open to those considering replacing our Apple Mac Pro 5.1 "cheese-grater" computers. On the team, Mike and Dan still own and run Mac Pro 5.1 Pro Tools computers, with James having recently changed his cheese-grater Mac Pro for a Windows machine.
We have learnt that when the macOS High Sierra arrives that all flash storage drives will be automatically converted to the new drive format system APFS, when you install High Sierra, you won't be able to opt-out of the transition to APFS.
We are starting to see a growth in what are described as super wide seamless monitor screens and we wondered if this was something that would appeal to Pro Tools users. We take a look at the benefits and drawbacks.
Community member Knut Richard Vanderloock decided to take on the challenge to see if he could get his older machine with Thunderbolt 1 to work with his UAD hardware, even though it is not supported by UAD. In part 1, he ended up having to reinstall Windows 10, In this second part, he has more success and covers preparing the system, the system settings including BIOS, the correct installation routine, and shares a video of his working setup.
Community member J.D. Andrew saw our article about Sonnet announcing the eGFX Breakaway Box, a Thunderbolt™ 3-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis that also provides the crucial Aux Power with a single slot required for an Avid Pro Tools HDX card and ordered one for his HDX1 system. All was going well until it came to fit the Aux power lead...
Late last year UAD announced Apollo Windows 10 Thunderbolt Compatibility but with the caveat that PCs must be equipped with Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C and that older Thunderbolt systems will NOT be supported. However, maybe an older computer with Thunderbolt 1 could be persuaded to work? Community member Knut Richard Vanderloock decided to take on the challenge
We have been doing some research on what is in the new macOS Sierra operating system recently announced at the WWDC 2017, which included a new file system, new hardware and software acceleration and something called Metal 2. But what does this mean for the older Apple Mac computers like the cheese-grater Mac Pro and the Mac Mini?