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Noise level of new imacs (fall 2009)?
Old 9th November 2009
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Noise level of new imacs (fall 2009)?

Hi all,
How about using one of the new imacs (21 or 27'') for vocal recording and ocassional mixing in the same room? Are they quiet enough? I don't care if they're not dead silent, the imac will be about 3 or 4 meters away from the mic. Is it reasonable or will the fan go off at high level at higher CPU loads?
Thank You!!
Old 9th November 2009
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EDIT: Nevermind, poor idea.
Old 9th November 2009
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Haven't seen the new ones in the flesh here down-under yet!

But I'd guess the aluminium frame would cut down a lot on the noise no?
Old 9th November 2009
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The i5 and i7 represent a new, more powerful direction for the iMacs.

Since those are the ones us Gearslutz seem to be ogling the most for recording, if anyone gets one of these bad boys (I know, they're not quite delivering them yet, but when they do), if you could post a noise report, mucho appreciation.
Old 9th November 2009
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Originally Posted by everythinglouder View Post
If all you're worried about is the noise while recording, you can download smcFanControl to manually override the fan settings. You can set the fan to machine-minimum settings during recording time. I'm sure in this case the lowest setting would be very quiet.

And potentially frazzle the GPU/CPU/overheat the hard drive?

Old 9th November 2009
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I would defenitely not fool around with those fan controls too much. Macbooks and iMacs are tightly spaced computers and they're getting rather warm. I wouldn't trust anything overwriting the default fan settings. But each to their own I guess.

- Sascha
Old 10th November 2009
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SMCfancontrol only allows you to set/raise the minimum fan-speed, not the maximum.
Old 10th November 2009
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We just picked up a new 27" iMac this weekend. Definitely quiet enough for the recording environment. It does get warm on top tho, so please don't mess with the fan tutt
Old 10th November 2009
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Thanks for the opinions and this last first-hand experience. I'm gonna get the 21,5", but I'll never mess with the fan!
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