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Hey guys
I'm redoing my home mastering setup and was pondering if a mini mac would be a clever in a mastering setup. And if there is anyone out there using a mini mac for that kind of work? I'm kind of new to the mac world so excuse my silly questions

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TheJackAttack Tue, 01/10/2012 - 12:07

The questions are not silly. It is current thinking that the new Mac Mini Lion Server especially in the upper category is a very very good machine. It is also a very good purchase price.

As to mastering, if you are used to PC then why do you think you need to move to Mac for mastering? This isn't a logical way to think other than the difference in cost between a Mini and a PC Audio Labs purpose built. One thing to consider is the native software issue. I know one can run bootcamp etc but that is not ideal. Some programs are cross platform and that is a better option as long as yours is in that category. Just some things to think about.

Massive Mastering Mon, 01/23/2012 - 17:17

There's little reason a MacMini with a good amount of RAM (I think I have 8GB in mine) can't handle a typical mastering scenario. It's not my usual machine (although I've done quite a bit of work on my '06 MacBook), but as soon as Samplitude gets ported to the Mac, it probably will be. I might even reboot it in celebration.

One nifty part is that you can use a FW or USB interface for I/O and still use the built-in TOSLink for output to your monitoring controller.