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Mac Mini 2018... necessary accessories??
Old 2 weeks ago
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Mac Mini 2018... necessary accessories??

Just placed my order - very excited!

To be honest, cheese greater still works great. It just too old to keep up with software, connectivity, compatibility, etc etc. Plus I do a lot of travelling, so this will be the perfect solution for working on the road.

However, I currently run 4 internal drives - 1 SSD in an Icy Dock, and 3 SATA drives. SSD is system drive (to be replaced by internal Mac Mini), 2 SATAs are my sample libraries, and the final one is the current project/media drive.

Whats the best approach to 1) get connectivity for these three drives (samples/media) to the Mac Mini, and 2) allow for future expansion of other drives etc?

Ultimately, I'd like to swap my Sample libraries onto SSDs. I suppose similarly my current media drives should all also be SSDs. But whats the best approach? Are external USB SSD portable drives good enough to handle these tasks? Or do I need to get some kind of docking bay for them (I already have one SATA docking bay that I currently use). I've seen a rack mount 4-bay docking thing for SSDs (@ £500 which is kind of dear but there you go).

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/pro...magicmultidock

What do you guys think?! Thanks in advance!
Old 2 weeks ago
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Looks good to me, I'll be transitioning to Samsung T5 SSDs soon for my new Mini.

Old 2 weeks ago
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I have the 2018 Mini with the Blackmagic Multidock 10G.
It is seriously awesome- I could see myself getting another one.

This is my computer/audio interface/networking rack:



Another very useful device is the Sedna 13 port USB 3 hub.
It took me literally years to find a device like this.
I wish the USB3 to the computer was at the back and it was off IEC power rather than a wall wart but otherwise it is pretty good. I have two of these, another one in the main desk rack.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Very nice, I'll be buying in the states so ill even get it a bit cheaper!

Anything else I'm missing/not thinking of?!
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