Mac Setups: Audio Engineer Mac Pro Workstation
Back by popular demand, Mac setups are here again! Here we are featuring the stellar workstation of a pro audio engineer… let’s dive in and check out the setup.
What do you do and use your Apple gear for?
I’m a freelance engineer and mixer working in Music, Film/TV post production and radio, so I produce, edit, and mix audio. In a typical week I can be doing anything from editing and mixing feature films and documentaries to mixing music albums or producing podcasts.
I’ve mixed for TV shows such as House Hunters International and currently mix the Here’s The Thing podcast for WNYC and The West Wing Weekly podcast.
Recent projects include “Toucan Nation” airing Aug 24th on Animal Planet as well as upcoming feature films “Do You Take This Man” and “Bwoy”.
What hardware is part of your Mac setup?
I recently upgraded to the “trash can” Mac Pro. It is an 3Ghz 8-core with 64gb of RAM. I chose this machine because I was starting to reach the limitations of my 2010 quad-core Mac Pro.
I’m also running dual 24″ Apple LED Displays, the last model before the new Thunderbolt displays.
Speakers are sE Munro Egg 150 monitors.
My peripherals include the Avid Mbox Pro, Presonus Faderport and a Nano Patch passive volume controller. Audio is processed from the Mbox pro via s/pdif to a Benchmark DAC1 which provides the D/A for my main monitors as well as headphone amplification. I use headphones exclusively for radio and podcast work. Headphones are Sony MDR-7506 and Grado Labs SR 325e.
The Desk is the Studio Trends 46″ desk sold through Guitar Center.
Which apps do you use most often?
I use Pro Tools HD 12.5 every day!
Other apps I can’t live without include Izotope’s RX advanced and insight plugins as well as many plugins by Waves and Audio Ease such as Altiverb 7.
I also design and host my own website at www.zachmcnees.com which I use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for a great deal.
Do you have any Apple tips or productivity tricks you want to share?
It’s all about quick keys! Apple Tab to navigate quickly between apps etc. I’m glad OS X 10.11 finally has tabs for finder but I REALLY miss the full color files in finder!
If you’re working with Pro Apps, it’s all about compatibility. Do research before updating your machine to make sure all your apps and plugins are compatible with your OS!
Do you have an interesting Mac setup or Apple workstation that you want to share? Take some high quality pictures and answer some questions about your workstation, and send it on in!