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Best computer for Pro Tools in 2019
Old 7th April 2019
  #1
Best computer for Pro Tools in 2019

Hi gang
I’m out of touch with computers.
Currently on a 2010 12 core Mac Pro
Time to upgrade.
Stay Mac or go PC?
I work at 96k.
Use lots of plugins.
Will buy the new Antelope Audio Orion 32+ Gen 3
Help me buy the right machine to keep up with new releases etc
Thanks in advance.
Old 7th April 2019
  #2
Gear Nut
What do you NEED and what are you TOLD to be after, that's the question. I am totally fine with a 12 core 2012 Mac Pro even at 96 and LOTS of plugins.

BTW. Check your plugin folder. I bet there's too much in it.
Old 8th April 2019
  #3
The new fully specced iMac would give you a good bump from where you are now

Mac Pro (Mid 2010) Benchmarks
- Geekbench Browser


iMac (27-inch Retina Early 2019) Benchmarks
- Geekbench Browser

Last edited by Oli P; 8th April 2019 at 05:27 AM..
Old 8th April 2019
  #4
Gear Head
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Originally Posted by Oli P View Post
The new fully specced iMac would give you a good bump from where you are now

Mac Pro (Mid 2010) Benchmarks
- Geekbench Browser


iMac (27-inch Retina Early 2019) Benchmarks
- Geekbench Browser
I agree, just went through the search for myself and figured I'd give the iMac a shot. Mine is the 5k, 4.2ghz i7 with 64 gig ram and the big SSD. I have external drives but so far have not needed them running about 48 tracks with a fair amount of plugins. My system usage is usually below 40% with occasional spikes in the 50"s so far. You will be fine.
Old 8th April 2019
  #5
I max out Pro Tools at 96k
128 tracks.
Not a fan of iMac’s
Prefer screens seperate.
Old 10th April 2019
  #6
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Go pc
Old 18th April 2019
  #7
How do these specs look?

New PC running Pro Tools ultimate
With 1 x HDX card...

What changes would you suggest?
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Old 18th April 2019
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Man, that's a pretty insane rig. It's overkill in my opinion unless you are doing genome sequencing or editing 8k video. I think anything in the i9 range would be too much, but if you really want a power rig, getting Intel Core i9-9900K makes more sense to me. Even your biggest productions would probably never make it break a sweat. It benches at half the computing power than the 9960x, but it's a 1/4 of the price so it's a way better value.

Also I would stay away from high powered graphics cards, unless you are doing video editing or want to game on the rig as well. If you just need a couple 4K monitors for pro-tools, the built-in Intel UHD 630 on the processor will work better for you. Less noise and heat and also won't eat up all the Pcie bandwidth.
Old 18th April 2019
  #9
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Originally Posted by anguswoodhead View Post
I max out Pro Tools at 96k
128 tracks.
Not a fan of iMac’s
Prefer screens seperate.
It seems you've gotten pretty far with your 2010 Mac Pro. What is its current configuration? ... CPU's, RAM, SSD-types ?
Old 4 weeks ago
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Im on a PC

I'm running Pro Tools on a PC w/ i9 (12 cores), 32mb ram etc. Runs great! However, I'm not so sure I'm staying with Pro Tools. Lately, I can't seem to get the balance of my mixes to sound how I hear it when I'm mixing in Pro Tools. I've only been using Pro Tools for several months and in all the years I've been mixing and putting out records, this is the first time that I'm mixing and unsure of what I'm going to get after summing down to stereo file.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Quote:
Originally Posted by anguswoodhead View Post
How do these specs look?



New PC running Pro Tools ultimate
With 1 x HDX card...

What changes would you suggest?
If you have not yet purchased the new PC...

The Asus TUF X299 Mark 2 VRM implementation is weak for a power hungry CPU like the i9-9960X.
https://www.hardwareluxx.de/communit...l#post25640242
https://www.overclock.net/forum/6-in...rm-thread.html

I would choose a mother board with stronger VRM implementation like:
-Asus PRIME X299 DELUXE II
-Gigabyte X299 AORUS MASTER or X299 Designare EX
-ASRock X299 Taichi XE or Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE

I do not know what this CPU cooler is, but for the i9-9960X you need
a TOP cooler like Noctua NH-D15 or CORSAIR H150i PRO.

To get the proper PSU you can use https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator
Old 4 weeks ago
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a MacBook Pro is always a good choice. but if you run dual external monitors you have to leave it power connected to power the monitor displays which will eventually cook the battery and cause it to bulge and prevent use of the track pad, should you ever need to use it. Battery replacement is not too difficult but it's still something to consider with a MacBook.
I've been on Macs for the past 20 years and have worked on PCs in other studios. They both work fine for Pro Tools but with that experience I prefer the Mac platform. My studio Mac since '15 has been the MBP Retina 15 w/ maxxed Ram.
It rocks. And, yes, the trackpad is useless. But I have a new battery on hand ready to install when I eventually get around to it.
Old 4 weeks ago
  #13
- - ASUS TUF X299 MARK 2 Mainboard
- - I9-9920X CPU
- - DDR 4 Ram (4 x 16GB)*
- - SIIG 3-Port FireWire 800 PCIe Card Model NN-E38012-S3
- - ASUS ThunderboltEX 3 PCI-Express Adapter Card
- - 2 x Samsung 1TB NVME M.2 SSD
- - LG BH16NS55 Blu-Ray Writer
- - Corsair Carbide Series 330R Blackout Edition Ultra-Silent Case
- - Corsair HX70 power supply
- - Corsair H55 Water Cooling
- - Sapphire Radeon RX580 8 GB
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