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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2023, 05:28:33 PM »
Tremendous stuff everyone! Will check back in once I’m up and running.

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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2023, 11:46:21 PM »
I changed over to Mac about 2 years ago as well Aaron min m1 at first now mii m2. What amazing processing speeds. I don't do video much, but for anyone that does I can't imagine the time savings.I  was missing CDWAV for a bit, but my buddy told me to try fission during my changeover. To me I like it better now, it can do some things CD wav cant, like normalize each track if you want to and also change output formats. I think it was 30 bucks.
EW, I can't imagine wanting that, but if it doesn't leave an audible jump in volume between tracks, I guess it would be useful?


While I'm here I'll say I dig my M1 Mini (cheapest one, 8GB RAM, 256 GB drive) and I use a CRAP TON of drives via thunderbolt hub (OWC thunderbolt hub), USB-C hub (1 > 3 USB-A 3.2), and two Star Tech USB 3.0 hubs (1>4 and 1>7, industrial type. I power the 4 port with a 12V adaptor left over from all my external hard drives, and the 7 port, I leave unpowered and only use it for Desktop type USB drives, which have their own 12V wall warts)
https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-thunderbolt-hub Thunderbolt Hub from OWC (they have sales often if you get on mailing list and sell B-Stock units etc.)
https://www.startech.com/en-us/usb-hubs/hb30c4ab USB-C > USB 3.2 I got cheap off ebay
https://www.startech.com/en-us/usb-hubs/st7300usbme 7 port industrial hub cheap enough off ebay compared to original list


Audacity 2.4.2 still works on Ventura and doesn't "phone home"
XLD is very handy for FLAC encode on multiple files in multiple folders at once. It's also got a great feature where you can open a folder as a disc, look up song titles from gracenote/CDDB, and tag the files.
xACT is the classic, and I use it for almost everything it can do for me. Tagging, renaming, SHNTOOL readouts, FFP creation/verification... I'm using it less for encoding lately (audacity export direct to FLAC!) but xACT is slick for going to apple lossless or MP3 direct from flac, with tags.


Utilities:
NeoFinder https://www.cdfinder.de/
I use this to maintain an index my USB drives, so I can search my entire collection, and find out which drive to plug in to get the file I want. It's also great for comparing folder sizes across various backups, so I can see if a collection is the largest or latest. There's a mobile version too but it is not as useful to me as the desktop one. CD finder is their PC product, I think. That's the name of their website. The developer has been very friendly responding to my bug reports and issues.
It indexes up to ten drives for free, more than that, please purchase a license. (I bought one)


Grand Perspective https://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/
view a file tree of your drive with larger blocks representing larger files. Find what is taking up space. On a 256 mac mini this is essential to me!


And then there's my hard drive stack...
Fastest external: OWC Envoy Express ~ Thunderbolt Bus-Powered Portable NVMe M.2 Enclosure, with a cheap NVME stick
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then: SATA SSD > USB-3.2
then: SATA > USB 3.1
and finally mechanical hard drives


I tried NVME via USB, but found it less than perfectly reliable. NVME draws a lot of juice. Wiggle the connector on an EXFAT drive and risk losing all contents. No thanks.
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2023, 12:44:18 AM »
I'll mention that you don't need Wave Agent if you use Reaper; it can import the polywav directly and "explode" it into all the tracks, then I mix and master and render to stereo. Unfortunately, it has to rewrite the tracks and often seems to save them in weird places. And Wave Agent won't do 32bit float.

Thanks for the tip. I'll look into Reaper this weekend. The lack of 32bit isn't a problem for me yet since I still have the original MixPre3 and 6 that don't do 32bit, but who knows what the future may bring?

I have a mixpre 6 ii.  what's the best way to break up the poly wave if wave agent can't to the 32 bit?  I'm concerned I'm getting the mix only not the iSOs when mix is turned off [and of particular concern is Mid Side recording data loss].  I like being able to connect via USB C however directly to the mix pre for downloading for post.  For a newbie, I can trial and error different settings easily w/o having to remove the SD.  I'm so still learning SD -> 24b FLAC when recorded at 96kHz/32b float.  Also, I'm using the AKG 414XLII large diaphragm.
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2023, 07:30:41 AM »
just chiming in and im sure not news to anyone in the thread but just mentioning the ability to dual boot macs and run VMs if you prefer to have access to a different OS
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2023, 09:41:00 AM »
I'll mention that you don't need Wave Agent if you use Reaper; it can import the polywav directly and "explode" it into all the tracks, then I mix and master and render to stereo. Unfortunately, it has to rewrite the tracks and often seems to save them in weird places. And Wave Agent won't do 32bit float.

Thanks for the tip. I'll look into Reaper this weekend. The lack of 32bit isn't a problem for me yet since I still have the original MixPre3 and 6 that don't do 32bit, but who knows what the future may bring?

I have a mixpre 6 ii.  what's the best way to break up the poly wave if wave agent can't to the 32 bit?  I'm concerned I'm getting the mix only not the iSOs when mix is turned off [and of particular concern is Mid Side recording data loss].  I like being able to connect via USB C however directly to the mix pre for downloading for post.  For a newbie, I can trial and error different settings easily w/o having to remove the SD.  I'm so still learning SD -> 24b FLAC when recorded at 96kHz/32b float.  Also, I'm using the AKG 414XLII large diaphragm.

I open in audacity and export the stereo pairs from there
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2023, 10:08:37 AM »
I changed over to Mac about 2 years ago as well Aaron min m1 at first now mii m2. What amazing processing speeds. I don't do video much, but for anyone that does I can't imagine the time savings.

I started out doing video and added audio along the way to use with my videos.  I have been making DVDs (and eventually blu-rays, and now mostly high quality 4K MKVs) for over 20 years.  I'd like to make the jump over to a Mac for video editing, especially since I shoot a lot of video with my iPhone 13 Pro Max.  But I have two really good video work stations (PCs) and I'm so familiar with PC video editing software (mostly Vegas Video).

One of these days I'm gonna take the dive and get a good Macbook.
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2023, 11:07:59 AM »
just chiming in and im sure not news to anyone in the thread but just mentioning the ability to dual boot macs and run VMs if you prefer to have access to a different OS
Dual boot gone on Apple silicon, but VMs looking good these days. So long Boot Camp...
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2023, 11:51:45 PM »
just chiming in and im sure not news to anyone in the thread but just mentioning the ability to dual boot macs and run VMs if you prefer to have access to a different OS
Get a lot of RAM if you wanna run large VMs, or especially if you want to run multiple VMs simultaneously!!
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2023, 04:50:21 PM »
I found this link to be helpful re DAWs as I'm still evaluating myself from a MAC POV.

https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/how-to-choose-the-right-daw-for-songwriters.html

It reviews and has some pros and cons and links to the DAW builders.  Article is aimed at songwriters but I found it still had some good info.  Useful in that it identified several that aren't mentioned here and also not free however.  I'm finding it's also a matter of taste | GUI as well as certain performance characteristics as well.  As a newbie to taping, just started this year, I've been using nothing but a Mac so for and have gotten everything I need in Audacity or Amadeus re DAWs but then again my journey has just begun. I do Mid Side quite a bit and those tools handle that easily as well.  xACT for encoding, FOOBAR2000 for metadata are also helpful.
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2023, 01:58:04 AM »
I love Audacity for the fact that anyone with linux, PC, or mac can run it for free. (I don't love that v3 and later "phone home" so I use v2.4.2 which still works great on a mac M1)
I don't like the Audacity plugin interface as much as I like the one in my 2015 Mac version of Sony Sound Forge.
In my Sound Forge, I can play a stereo file, and make real-time "knob twisting" changes to plug-ins, and hear the results in real time.


Audacity forces me to use a "preview" function on effects before rendering.
Sound Forge lets me create an effects chain, and use fairly simple automation to adjust parameters at programmable points, such as volume fader level changes.
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2023, 09:17:07 PM »
I have been tracking using markers in Audition to replace CDWave (although I wish I could get a Mac version of that)

Fission is what you want. https://rogueamoeba.com/fission/ - I only installed bootcamp so I could have CDWave. But this is Mac's version of it.

I love Adobe Audition. Although I'd love to outright own it. The subscription service isn't bad. It's got a lot of powerful tools and editing options that I use consistently.
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2023, 01:31:06 AM »
I have been tracking using markers in Audition to replace CDWave (although I wish I could get a Mac version of that)
I love Adobe Audition. Although I'd love to outright own it. The subscription service isn't bad. It's got a lot of powerful tools and editing options that I use consistently.

Recently as of versions between 23.0-.6 it's been getting worse. They fix functions and ruin others. The shelf modes in the parametric equalizer is unresponsive despite three version updates!  :really_sucks:
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2023, 10:55:46 AM »
I have been tracking using markers in Audition to replace CDWave (although I wish I could get a Mac version of that)
I love Adobe Audition. Although I'd love to outright own it. The subscription service isn't bad. It's got a lot of powerful tools and editing options that I use consistently.

Recently as of versions between 23.0-.6 it's been getting worse. They fix functions and ruin others. The shelf modes in the parametric equalizer is unresponsive despite three version updates!  :really_sucks:

Yeah, one thing I noticed is how I wasn’t able to use the trackpad for zooming in on my MacBook Pro. I reverted to the previous version and disabled updates.
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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2023, 11:32:21 AM »
Fission is what you want. https://rogueamoeba.com/fission/ - I only installed bootcamp so I could have CDWave. But this is Mac's version of it.

I love Adobe Audition. Although I'd love to outright own it. The subscription service isn't bad. It's got a lot of powerful tools and editing options that I use consistently.

Thanks! I am going to give Fission a try.

I haven't had any issues with Audition. Both my laptop and desktop are quite new, though (both M2 and purchased in January and March), so maybe that is why. I am lucky with the subscription; I get a really awesome deal from my work (a fraction of the list price). 

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Re: Switching to Mac - rethinking post production tools / methods
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2023, 01:04:33 PM »

Thanks! I am going to give Fission a try.

I haven't had any issues with Audition. Both my laptop and desktop are quite new, though (both M2 and purchased in January and March), so maybe that is why. I am lucky with the subscription; I get a really awesome deal from my work (a fraction of the list price).

Only happened on my M1 Pro Macbook. Had no issues on the M1 mini. But saw others were having the same issues with subsequent updates.
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