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  1. My top 10 audio fx plugins for MacOS

    Apple iMac 27” running Logic Pro 10.6.2
    No. Simples. There are thousands of products out there, from freeware through donationware to paid for (modestly priced to eyewatering!), not to mention the generous bundles of plug ins that come with your DAW of choice. The options available can be downright bewildering. There is no definitive top 10, so this is merely my top ten go to plug ins. I’m sorry that I’ve left so many favourites out, but who wants to read a Top 100?
  2. Audio Plugins overview

    Apple iMac 27” running Logic Pro 10.6.2
    I realise that I’m probably stating the obvious here, but aside from microphones instruments and cables, the basic tool that you’ll need to record and manipulate audio in the modern age is a computer. So which computer platform should you choose, Windows or Apple?
  3. Top 10 MacOS audio recording apps

    MacBook Pro running Logic Pro 10.6.2
    If you’re just starting your journey into the world of audio on a Mac, the plethora of mysterious terms and acronyms can be bewildering – they can almost appear designed to be exclude the beginner. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, you’re likely to be a newcomer to digital audio, so I’ll start with the broad view.
  4. Must have MacBook and MacBook Pro accessories

    Apple MacBook Air 13" A1932 Late-2018 i5-8210Y 1.6GHz 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Space Gray
    As a professional musician, I’ve spent a huge chunk of my working life on the road touring. I’m in my late 50s, so remember (or sort of remember) the time before mobile phones. A tour managers nightmare. Think herding cats - one tour manager I worked with even used to round us up at airports with a megaphone. Rock n roll.
  5. Reasons to buy a refurbished iMac 27” in 2021

    Apple iMac A2115 27" 2019 5K 3.6GHz i9-9900k 8 Core
    To the sound of virtual trumpets, Apple released their new flagship iMac 24” for pre-order on April 30th 2021. It comes with the new (much vaunted) M1 chip. It looks to have many welcome improvements all around – aside from the all new chip, new design and fruity colours. I won’t go into the details here - you can find all that elsewhere should you wish (and it isn’t the point of this blog!). It is undoubtedly a gorgeous, superfast machine, and the 27” (and rumoured 32” models) will undoubtedly follow soon. Happy days.
  6. Which iMac is the best for your home office?

    Apple iMac 27" A1419 (5K Mid-2017) Retina i5-7600K 3.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion
    There is no doubt that, post pandemic, more and more of us will be spending at least part of our lives working from home. In truth, things were going this way before Covid reared it’s ugly head, but lockdown has accelerated the need for home office environments.
  7. Should I get a MacBook Pro or Air?

    A MacBook Pro Touchbar late 2018
    Since the introduction of these two Apple laptop lines there have been many versions introduced over the years. Rather than listing the many differences and enhancements between various models, it’s simpler to look at what (and who) these laptops were designed for.
  8. Getting the most out of your MacBook battery

    MacBook Pro 15" TouchBar 2.2GHz 1TB 32GB PRO 555X Late-2018

    Thanks in part to ever increasing processor efficiency, the battery life of Apple's MacBooks improve with each new model release. However, the battery life of your brand new machine will inevitably start to fade over time, and you’ll find yourself with less working time between charges. It’s worth knowing what conditions could shorten (or even damage) the life of your battery, and it certainly pays to maximise your battery runtime with ‘good practice’ OS settings for your your MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

  9. What’s the difference between iPad generations?

    iPad Pro

    The original iPad was released on April 3rd 2010, and has come a long way in it’s 11 year history. The all singing and dancing 8th generation was released on September 18th, 2020.

    11 years is barely a generation and a half in human terms, but is centuries in computing. Without listing every single detail change between iPad generations here, we’ll provide an overview of the major changes with each upgrade.

  10. Which refurbished Mac do I need for audio?

    MacBook Pro 15" Retina 2.8GHz 1TB 16GB Dual Graphics Mid-2015
    I’m an audio professional, and so demand high performance and minimum downtime from my Macs. Modern audio production all starts with capable and reliable computers. I have a static studio setup, and a mobile rig for my ‘on the road’ needs, and both of my rigs are built around refurbished machines.