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Mac Pro and Audio Interface
September 6, 2010
6:35 pm
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Tim Haskell

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I have a Mac Pro and am thinking about getting the Genelec 6010a monitors (with the 5040 subwoofer).  Which interface should I use to connect the monitors to the Mac or should I just plug the Genelecs into the Mac directly?

What do people think about the Genelec monitors?


October 11, 2010
10:57 pm
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Hey Tim,

 

If you do not need any specific I/O capabilities from your Mac Pro, then connecting directly to your Mac Pro Audio Port out is not a bad decision.

 

Usually however, you will be using your Mac Pro for various high level AV workflows, and in those cases, I would go to the dedicated cards you use for those services. I have a BlackMagic Decklink card that I use for Video IO, so I just connect my BX5a's directly to the Audio Outs of that card. If you are working in Audio Editing rather than Video Editing, then you can use a ProTools MBox as your interface. Alternatively an interface we also like at TMP is the MAudio Fast Track Ultra, which provides many Audio IO options to your Mac Pro through (1) USB 2 port connector.

Genelec's seem to be getting good reviews, although no one at TMP has tested them…


December 25, 2010
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Hi,

I'm a Genelec user (have both 8040s and 8020s) and I cannot be more happy with these monitors. Superb quality and great price. I use them mainly for music production and sound design. I was told that these are the minimum you should aim at if you're serious about your sound. Then, if you're  an über geeky audiophile – and have a healthy bank account – you could consider something like Allen Sides' $35,000 pair of monitors at Ocean Way Drums Studio B. (sigh)

I'm currently using a 2007 MBP (waiting for the Sandy Bridge architecture to make a jump to the next MP) connected to an Apogee Duet. Limited I/O but converters are awesome. I couldn't believe how good MP3s sound straight out of an iPod! For a desktop you might consider Apogee's Ensemble or Symphony. I'm actually considering getitng an Euphonix surface to complete the so called Power Trio.

 

Suny is right. You should use every GHz cycle of your workstation for video crunching. Let an audio interface do the audio job on its own.

 

Cheers! Cool


January 4, 2011
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Hey bullfighter!

 

Great post and totally agree with you.

 

As a side note, I have a Euphonix MC Transport and MC Color running my Apple Color Suite and I really love them. The manufacturing quality and finish is second to none. I tried out the Tangent Wave, but it felt very “plasticky” and very much like a toy, which is not the case at all with the Euphonix (now Avid 🙁 ) stuff.

Looking forward to your posts in 2011!

 

Suny


February 2, 2011
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Yo Suny! I just finished downloading ep. 23! Will listen to it this week.  😀

Glad to know you're a Euphonix user. I'm very interested in both MC Control and MC Mix. They're not cheap but work like a charm. Eucon is a great protocol. Too bad Avid bought this company last year. Not sure about their upgrade policy for Mac users from now on. Heard any news about that?

Sorry if I post sparingly…I'm busy and, well, sometimes lazy.  :S

 

Have a good one!  😉


February 2, 2011
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Hey Vinny!

Totally agree with you on the purchase of Euphonix by AVID. 🙁

However, I spoke with an AVID rep who ASSURED me that they have no plans on not supporting the Mac, or any of the existing Mac Apps… They claim they are looking forward to many years of Mac support and upgrades..

We’ll see I guess…

I am excited that both Red Cine X, and STORM (Foundry) support the MC Color. It’s very cool to be able to grade your dailies using a control surface.

Suny


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