Mac Setup: The Mac Mini Workstation of a Music Composer
It’s time for another featured Mac setup! This week we’re sharing the workstation of James C., a professional music composer who uses a Mac Mini with an iPad to produce tracks and music scores for everything from commercials to video games. Let’s learn a bit more:
Tell us a bit about what you do, and why did you go with this particular Mac setup?
I am a composer of library music, and the owner of Fuzzy Beard Productions. For me to have the Mac Pro would cost quite a lot of cash, so I decided to go with a Mac Mini instead. In the coming months I will be networking it with another 3 minis via a gigabit Ethernet switch. This will give me vast amounts of processing power at a fraction of the cost of a Mac Pro.
I use my Mac setup most days, using the iPad for other more simple tasks such as web browsing or online shopping.
What hardware is included in your Mac setup?
My setup hardware is as follows:
- Mac Mini (2012)
- 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
- 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory (16GB upgrade kit)
- 1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- AOC 23.5″ Display
- Kensington Trackball
- Apple Wired Full Keyboard
- Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive (Backup)
- iPad 2 (16GB Wi-Fi Only)
- Alesis M1 Active Mk2 Bi-Amplified Speakers
- Alesis IO2 Express USB Recording Interface
- Alesis QX49 49-Key Advanced USB MIDI Keyboard
What apps do you use most often?
The software I constantly use consists of the following:
- Logic Pro X
- Logic Remote (for iPad)
- Vienna Ensemble 5
- Spitfire Audio Sample Libraries
- Guitar Rig
- Microsoft Office for Mac
- Google Chrome
Dropbox and OneDrive are my primary backup resources for my Logic templates and saved projects, with the external hard drive also being setup as my Time Machine backup. I couldn’t live without Gobbler, it’s such a great way to share projects with colleagues, and Dropbox is fantastic to also send demos to clients.
Logic Remote for iPad is another app I couldn’t live without. When I’m sitting on the couch listening to rough mixes, making volume adjustments is so much easier than having to keep getting up and going to the computer to do it.
Do you have a sweet Mac setup? You should share your workstation with OSXDaily and our readers! Just answer a few questions about your gear and how you use it, take a couple of good pictures of your setup, and send it all in to us firstname.lastname@example.org – or if you’re not quite ready to share your own yet, browse through our past Mac setup features, there are a ton of unique and awesome Mac desks and setups out there. So whether you’re just curious, or looking for inspiration on how to get things done, or want to know what type of Apple hardware a wide range of folks use, you’ll find it.