Mac Setup: Personal Workstation of a Pro Audio Designer
It’s time for another featured Mac setup! We’re going to share the great personal studio workstation of Nick J., a professional Audio Designer.
Let’s dive right in and learn more about the hardware and software used with this setup:
What hardware components make up your Mac setup?
Core Apple Gear
- 2.26Ghz 13″ MacBook Pro 8GB RAM with dual drives:
- 1-480GB Mercury Elite SSD (OS and applications)
- 1-240GB Mercury Elite SSD (optical slot backup OS and scratch drive)
- iPad mini 16GB16GB (Wi-Fi/VZ & Sprint/GPS – 1st Gen)
- iPhone 4 16GB
- iPhone 5 16GB
- iPod classic 120GB
- OS X Yosemite
- OS X Mavericks
- OS X Snow Leopard
- Windows 7 Professional
- iOS 8
- Samsung 24” HD LED video monitor
- Samsung 48” HDTV monitor
- Samsung USB Superdrive
- Western Digital USB and Firewire 800 drives (10TB+)
- Presonus USB Box
- M Audio Firebox 1814
- JBL LSR2325Px2 and JBL 2310SB sub
- Yamaha NS-10M hafler Transnova 1500 powered
- JBL MSC1 controller
- Auralex mopads
- Mackie Micro series 1202VLZ mixer
- Avid Protools
- Final Cut Pro
- Presonus Studio One
- MediaHuman Audio Converter
Principle iDevice Apps
- StudioSix Digital Audio Tools
- Smaart Tools
- Black Cat Systems Soundbyte
- Yamaha Stagemix
What do you use your Apple gear for?
I have been doing audio since I was 19 years old, it’s all I have ever done. I run the gambit from audio preproduction, editing and mixing, voiceovers and general audio editing. I also do audio system and show design for my home venue (The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester, MA http://thehanovertheatre.org/) and various venues as a designer, including houses of worship, concert venues, clubs, etc. Our studio facility (9B Studio, Milford, MA http://www.9bstudio.com/) is a cutting edge ProTools studio. 9B Studio also does HD video production and editing for music, business and corporate clients.
What are the essential apps? Are there any apps you could not do without?
Avid Protools. Couldn’t do without it, it is after all the industry standard and what clients want in a professional facility.
HumanMedia Audio Converter, great for a quick low loss conversion of mixes for upload to clients. Dropbox is a must have for file distribution, and all the top DSP design software out there makes my job as a designer and mixer so much easier. I can design or modify a show on a plane, tour bus or coffee shop.
I also do a lot of live audio, and the combination Audio Tools app and Smaart Tools is fantastic for quick tuning of rooms and reference during a show. I have an old iPhone 4 I keep on my console specifically for this. Soundbyte is my go to for sound effects, preshow announcements, etc. I love its ease of use. I design and advise for several local high schools, it’s the perfect application for their MT programs.
Do you have any general productivity tips you’d like to share?
Stay on top of technology, it is ever evolving today, but remember that great mixes sound good to your ears, not to the technology. The most important tools for audio are the ones on the sides of your head and the big one in between them.
Do you have a Mac setup you’d like to share? Go here to get started by answering some questions about your hardware, software, what you do with your Apple gear, and take a few high quality pictures, then send it all in!
Not ready to share your Mac setup with the world? You can browse through other featured setups here to get some inspiration or learn more about how other Mac owners use their workstations.