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Posted on Mon, May 25 2020 07:55
by mirabile
Joined on Tue, Sep 03 2002, Melbourne, Posts 183

Hi everyone

I am in the process of updating my studio.

I am proposing to purchase a 2019 MacPro with the folling specs.

3.2GHz 16‑core Intel Xeon W processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
96GB (6 × 16GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
4TB of SSD storage


For the soundcard it is going to be either 

Universal Audio UA-APX6 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface


Apogee Element 88 Thunderbolt 3

If anyone could give me some feedback on my choices it would be appreciated.



Posted on Tue, May 26 2020 05:43
by will_turnbull
Joined on Mon, Aug 19 2019, canada, Posts 2

having access to all uad plugins (even their free ones)that dont  tax your computers cpu seems a no brainer

Posted on Fri, Nov 13 2020 19:35
by trifidmaster
Joined on Wed, Apr 02 2008, Posts 49

Hi Mirabile,

My current setup is as you describe it, I have just more RAM (I have installed the extra RAM modules myself) and my audio interface is RME.

In the past my old setup (several Macs, PC, switch, screens, cables, etc...) was +- stable. However I have spent remarkable amount of time maintaining my setup. Since having ONE very powerful machine, my mind is completely decluttered from any technical issues and I can just concentrate on writing/composing/orchestrating music. Although my composing template is huge, it loads in a very short time. The disadvantage is that I have no more time to make a coffee/tea while the template loads so fast . This machine is so powerful, that I do not have to look anymore what shall I load/disable, etc...I have never seen the CPU cores to spike, or rise, whatever. Even with a very busy composition (and running the picture as well) the machine is very stable. It’s fans are running at very low speed - I cannot hear them in fact.

So, what shall I say? I highly recommend your machine choice.

I cannot comment on the audio interface as I do not have either of them.

One more thing, I do not use any plugins (just a limiter) in my DAW as I "mix" the stems in another DAW (on the same machine of course). But again, even there I do not need many plugins either. I cannot comment what would happen if I would load many effects...

Hope this helps.


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