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Mike Paul
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2023 1:25 pm    Post subject: Studio configuration Reply with quote

Hey VO-BBs! My trusty 2015 Macbook Pro is finally ready for replacement. My current setup uses one laptop for recording both at home and on the road. I also use it for day job stuff when I travel, so kinda 3-for-1.

When I travel, I just pull the Macbook out of this awesome vertical dock, grab my road kit (mic, Apollo, cables etc all in a case), and off I go.

What's your setup for home and travel? Do you use a desktop for home and a laptop for the road or do you all-in-one it?

For clarity: the macbook sits outside my booth and the wires from the dock are run through and into the booth, where I have a monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse, and apollo twin.
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Jason Huggins
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2023 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a MacBook Air M1 for everything. I have my main storage disk hooked up to my NAS drive at home so I can access all audio files, accounting files, media assets from anywhere (and so that I never have my important work files on a device that can be stolen). In the studio I just plug it into a dock with another monitor and interface and when I go on the road I take a 416 and an Apollo Twin.

The Air is PLENTY powerful for anything I do (including audio and video work) and is dead silent so it can sit in the booth without causing noise issues.
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Mike Paul
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2023 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jason! I appreciate your perspective. Beautiful studio, too.

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Mike Paul
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2023 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason Huggins wrote:
I have a MacBook Air M1 for everything... In the studio I just plug it into a dock with another monitor and interface and when I go on the road I take a 416 and an Apollo Twin.


Jason, a couple follow-up questions since your setup is so similar to mine, which I love the convenience of:

1. Which dock did you end up going with?

2. Does your Apollo Twin use Thunderbolt 2.0 or 3.0? I have the 2.0 model, and it seems like I'd need either an ugly adapter or a Thunderbolt 2-to-3 specific cable, if such a cable exists for this application. (While attempting a dual monitor setup in the other room I learned not all cables are equal and do what you think they will do.)
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