It has been noticeable that with the impending release of macOS Catalina that a number of audio brands have chosen to issue warnings to customers advising NOT to upgrade to macOS 10.15 Catalina. We have all the details. Also we have the results of the poll where we asked “When macOS Catalina 10.15 Ships I Will...”
If you are experiencing issues with your USB devices then we recommend you invest in a high quality USB hub - it’s funny how we spend hours deciding on mics, monitors, interfaces and other studio hardware and yet we often trust our data to the cheapest thing we can find. Russ found out the hard way.
If you want to know what our most read articles for this week are then here is a summary of each one, read by around 100,000 of our community. The free Studio One 4.5.3 upgrade took top spot with continued huge interest in the PreSonus flagship DAW. Unsurprisingly FrontDAW from United Plugins, a plug-in worth €49 but free for a limited time, has also received a lot of attention and takes the number 2 slot. The excellent summary of gadgets for those using microphones in the studio has been popular, then followed by three articles helping with recording studio workflow.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as a number of airlines have banned any Apple MacBook Pro laptops that are subject to an Apple recall for batteries that could be a fire risk. The consequence is that if you turn up to fly with an affected laptop, you will have to choose to fly without it or not fly. In this article, we look at the ban in detail and offer advice on how to check if your laptop is being recalled and what to do to make sure you can fly with your laptop.
Apple has now announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number. This is addition to a issue with the batteries in non Touch Bar 13” MacBook Pro laptops manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. We have all the details…
In this new series of articles we aim to help people who are starting out in audio production find the best gear for their chosen field of work. We will be covering studio starter kit suggestion for songwriters, loop based producer, voice over artists and more. Before we dive into the gear we want to cover two important aspects of every studio setup, the computer and DAW.
With the announcement of macOS 10.15 Catalina at the WWDC on June 3rd 2019, we how have initial confirmation from Apple about which Mac computers will be supported with macOS Catalina and that macOS 10.15 will be 64-bit only. In this article we provide advice on what to do to prepare for the release of Catalina “in the fall”, as well as looking at the impact of Apple ending native 3rd party codec support and what needs to happen to Avid’s Pro Tools to be ready for Catalina, with an exclusive statement from Avid.
A number of brands including, Avid, Universal Audio, Blackmagic Design and Adobe have responded to the announcement from Apple of a new Mac Pro with 8 PCI-e card slots that will support up to 6 Pro Tools HDX cards.
At WWDC 2019 Apple have just announced a new Mac Pro that looks like the old cheese-grater with lots of holes, a set of feet on the bottom and handles on the top and against all expectations it has internal PCI slots as well as a 6K monitor.
In more announcements ahead of the upcoming WWDC, Apple has made several repair and fix announcements, including repair programs for the MacBook Pro Butterfly keyboard and one to address the backlight issues in the 13” MacBook Pro laptops dubbed ‘Flexgate’. In addition Apple has released an update to fix issues with the T2 chip in some MacBook Pro computers.
Ahead of the WWDC on June 3rd Apple is choosing to make a number of announcements covering their hardware. It is now possible for the first time to buy an 8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro and Apple have also given their MacBook Pro range a speed bump with 8th and 9th-generation Intel Core processors. We have the details.
Apple have identified an issue with the batteries in Non Touch Bar Macbook Pros manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. It’s not a safety issue but can cause the battery to swell and is still significant enough for Apple to offer free replacement if your Macbook Pro was made between these dates. Find out if your Macbook Pro qualifies.
Microsoft have announced that Windows 7 computers will no longer receive Windows Security updates from January 14th, 2020. This is effectively marking the end-of-life for Windows 7, and it seems to be Microsoft’s way of encouraging Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10
In March 2019 the USB Promoter Group announced the USB4 specification. Apart from the the lack of a space between the B and the 4, the thing we noticed was a predictable and, given the history of USB we might even say inevitable, convergence between standards which looks like it will make things easier and simpler for all of us.
Yesterday Apple announced new iPads and today they release the latest iteration of the iMac. There are updates for both the 21.5” and 27” iMacs with options for i9 6-Core processors and Radeon Pro 580X Series graphics cards with 8GB of GDDR5 memory driving a 5K retina screen on the 27” model.
macOS Mojave has been with us since September 2018 and more and more people who use their Apple computers with audio applications are either choosing to upgrade to 10.14 or are having to use macOS Mojave because they have bought a new Apple Mac computer after September 2018. In this article we are going to show you how to optimise your macOS Mojave Apple computer for audio applications, dispel some myths that have already grown up, as well as explain things you shouldn’t do.
According to well respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo there are to be a raft of Pro related Apple products due to be released during 2019. Watch out for an ‘all-new’ 16-inch MacBook Pro, the much heralded new modular Mac Pro and a companion 31.6” 6K screen.
If your computer fans produce a lot of unwanted whirring noise in your home studio then why not build your very own isolation case? This excellent video shows you exactly how to achieve this with some basic hand tools and off the shelf materials.