Back in December 2019 I purchased a beastly new Mac Pro.
It was by far the most expensive computer I’ve ever bought but with a tremendous specification. I won’t go over all that again, because it was featured on Pro Tools Expert and you can read all about it here:
I thought it would be worthwhile to provide an update to the previous article.
So far I’ve had no major issues with the machine, other than a lack of updates for some of my plugins and a few pieces of studio gear.
I did consider returning the machine inside the return window in order to purchase the rack mount version of the Mac Pro.
In hindsight I am glad I didn’t.
Firstly, the Mac Pro rack is very deep at 24 inches. It is also £500 more than the tower. Instead of doing that I had a custom rack built by Studio Racks which houses the Mac Pro on one side of a 2x14u equipment rack. This cost me around £700, so a bit more than the Apple rack mount upcharge but not that much more and it now houses all my studio IO, as well as other pieces of hardware that I do not immediately need access to such as my ethernet switch, monitor controller IO, rack mount USB hub.
It was a good decision- not only did I not lose any downtime with the new machine but I also have a desktop form factor that is more convenient in the studio. I was slightly concerned that the rack mount format might be harder to sell down the line too.
In terms of raw performance the Mac Pro is simply blinding compared to what it replaced. Unlike other computers I have had in the studio I simply don’t consider the computer’s performance anymore when considering when I am going to try to do something. It can comfortably run Pro Tools and Logic together, with large sessions synced together. I am using some DSP audio interfaces- Pro Tools HDX and a Universal Audio Apollo 8, but purely native sessions also have more than enough available and accessible processing.
I will post some videos over the coming weeks indicating just how much available performance I have with this system- it is seriously impressive.