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Which Mac trashcan?
Old 1 week ago
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Which Mac trashcan?

I am pondering over upgrading my 2009 Mac Pro to a Mac Pro trashcan. The point I am stuck on is that I don't know which is the best option, a 12 core with a slower processor (2.7Ghz) or an 8 core with a faster (3.0Ghz) processor. Any ideas?
Old 1 week ago
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I have both and find each machine more than capable of handling whatever projects I throw at it
That said I'm running sessions that are audio heavy rather than midi/sample heavy so not sure if that would make a difference
I still think they're great machines
Old 1 week ago
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6 or 8 core seems to be the sweet spot between cores and CPU/single CPU speed. I use a 6-core with mainly just audio and it can sometimes choke on bigger projects but pretty happy with it otherwise. I make use of all the USB & TB2 ports with 4-monitors, 6-UAD devices, TB2 dock, 2-UBS HD, 2-TB HD.
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I upgraded the cpu to the Xeon E5-2667 V2 3.3 ghz 8 core - blazing...
Old 1 week ago
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6 or 8 core seems to be the sweet spot between cores and CPU/single CPU speed. I use a 6-core with mainly just audio and it can sometimes choke on bigger projects but pretty happy with it otherwise. I make use of all the USB & TB2 ports with 4-monitors, 6-UAD devices, TB2 dock, 2-UBS HD, 2-TB HD.
Hey Audiogaff, out of curiosity... How many tracks do you have running in your bigger projects?
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Usually less than 50 imported audio tracks, about a dozen Aux and another dozen Efx, 48k, 512 buffer or higher. One thing I discovered was using the macOS scaling feature to make things bigger on the 2-4k screens had a real noticeable affect on the CPUs. Now I run them 4k native and see performance improvement and live with tiny fonts, but I also like seeing the complete timeline and mixer windows and use Nuendo 10 for most of my mixing with also using 32-ch ext hardware inserts. I use the macOS Zoom feature quite a lot and could not live without it.

When I say 50 audio tracks, that is 50 real audio tracks with the track having audio thru the whole timeline, not just a cowbell for 5-seconds here and there.
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