Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Digital Audio

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jul 12, 2012, 03:13 PM   #1
Soundburst
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
How does this sound for a freelance Sound Editing set up?

I'm thinking of investing in some tech. I currently do my freelance work on a 13inch MBP haha.

I was thinking:

27inch iMac
Pair of KRK Rokit RP5 G2 Monitors and a RCA-3.5mm cable (to plug them into my mbox 2 mini)
G-Tech 750GB G-RAID Mini (as an audio drive keeping the actual Mac drive free of anything other than Apps and social stuff).

Obviously I'm missing a mixing desk (ideally I'd just want 4 faders as that's the most I would mix at any one time any way - but these are hard to find so might wait until I invest even more).

Does that sound decent to anyone?

It all comes to around 1660 (Hard drive 115, Monitors around 250).
__________________
MacBook Pro 13 i5, iPad, iP4S, PlayStation 3.
Soundburst is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 12, 2012, 07:06 PM   #2
TMRaven
macrumors 68020
 
TMRaven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Don't forget room treatment.
__________________
27" iMac i7 860 @ 2.8ghz; 8gb DDR3 1066 ram; 1tb HDD @ 7200rpm; ATI Mobility 4850, 512mb GDDR3 ram
http://www.armoredcoreuniverse.net/Fan site for Armored Core enthusiasts.
TMRaven is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 12, 2012, 08:00 PM   #3
paolo-
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
As TMRaven mentioned, room treatment is paramount. Then, I'd consider getting balanced cables from the mbox to the speakers. Lastly, I'd reconsider the raid drive. If you're only mixing 4 tracks at a time, I don't think you'll see the benefit from having a raid array. You don't need raid 0 performance and raid 1 is not a true backup IE if the filesystem corrupts, you accidentally remove something, a piece of software removes something without you wanting it (project consolidation sometimes screws up), you're still screwed. You might as well get a two external drives and have one as a true backup drive.
paolo- is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 13, 2012, 04:57 AM   #4
Soundburst
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by paolo- View Post
As TMRaven mentioned, room treatment is paramount. Then, I'd consider getting balanced cables from the mbox to the speakers. Lastly, I'd reconsider the raid drive. If you're only mixing 4 tracks at a time, I don't think you'll see the benefit from having a raid array. You don't need raid 0 performance and raid 1 is not a true backup IE if the filesystem corrupts, you accidentally remove something, a piece of software removes something without you wanting it (project consolidation sometimes screws up), you're still screwed. You might as well get a two external drives and have one as a true backup drive.
Thanks for the tips. Since this is at home would there be any disadvantage (bear in mind my freelance work is mostly shorts) to buying a good pair of studio headphones instead of the two speakers? Would I hear things, that perhaps I'd miss in an untreated room on those monitors that I mentioned (as they are quite budget).

The G-Tech drive was just because it's reasonably affordable, 7200rpm and has a good bit of space to keep a sound library, and then Pro Tools sessions all on the one drive (in seperate folders).
__________________
MacBook Pro 13 i5, iPad, iP4S, PlayStation 3.
Soundburst is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 13, 2012, 10:32 AM   #5
estrides
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: New York
I have a bit of advice. Avoid the KRK...try and grab some Mackie MR5 MK2's... they are all around better and not much more expensive. Without treatment you will get a lot of ambient noise, some people prefer it, but I hate it.
__________________
Late 2009 15" MBP, 2.8Ghz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HD ; 3x PowerMac G5's all running 8Gb RAM at 2.3ghz DC ; 3x G4's - 2 MDD and 1 Quicksilver;
estrides is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 13, 2012, 03:14 PM   #6
zimv20
macrumors 601
 
zimv20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: chicago
Quote:
Originally Posted by Soundburst View Post
(bear in mind my freelance work is mostly shorts)
you're only mixing, or are you sometimes recording something?

for shorts, i'd make sure you have a way to listen in mono, to ensure you're not doing anything wonky to the dialog. are you always mixing to stereo? ever mono, or ever 5.1?

Quote:
to buying a good pair of studio headphones instead of the two speakers? Would I hear things, that perhaps I'd miss in an untreated room on those monitors that I mentioned (as they are quite budget).
imho, mixing on headphones is hard. so is mixing on speakers in an untreated room. either way, you'll have to learn your environment and check on different systems (ipod, home stereo, car stereo, boombox, etc).
__________________
Oct 2011: check out my band's first album @ boxsetauthentic.com
zimv20 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 13, 2012, 06:56 PM   #7
ChrisA
macrumors G4
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Redondo Beach, California
Quote:
Originally Posted by Soundburst View Post
Thanks for the tips. Since this is at home would there be any disadvantage (bear in mind my freelance work is mostly shorts) to buying a good pair of studio headphones instead of the two speakers? Would I hear things, that perhaps I'd miss in an untreated room on those monitors that I mentioned (as they are quite budget).
I like headphones. I use dthe AKG K240 nd yes, I do hear things I miss in the monitors. But when listening to the final result I like to hear it "in the air" with monitors. It sounds different and you will want to know what it sounds like over speakers. You don't have to spend a fortune to get the room "treated". Bookcases filled with books work well. Just don't have any blank walls and put a rug on the floor. You can get 80% there with stuff like that.
ChrisA is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 14, 2012, 02:41 PM   #8
Soundburst
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by zimv20 View Post
you're only mixing, or are you sometimes recording something?

for shorts, i'd make sure you have a way to listen in mono, to ensure you're not doing anything wonky to the dialog. are you always mixing to stereo? ever mono, or ever 5.1?



imho, mixing on headphones is hard. so is mixing on speakers in an untreated room. either way, you'll have to learn your environment and check on different systems (ipod, home stereo, car stereo, boombox, etc).
Always mix in stereo.

I keep dialogue tracks in mono. Sync and Spot FX along with Atmos are always in stereo though.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisA View Post
I like headphones. I use dthe AKG K240 nd yes, I do hear things I miss in the monitors. But when listening to the final result I like to hear it "in the air" with monitors. It sounds different and you will want to know what it sounds like over speakers. You don't have to spend a fortune to get the room "treated". Bookcases filled with books work well. Just don't have any blank walls and put a rug on the floor. You can get 80% there with stuff like that.
Thanks for this - very good ideas. I always fear having just headphones to mix with as the sound never gets to naturally reverberate off walls so best to get a listen to the natural "in the air" sound as you say - while trying to avoid having too reflective of a mixing room.

Thanks for all the help

I'll wait until Apple update the 27inch iMac and then go ahead with the plans
__________________
MacBook Pro 13 i5, iPad, iP4S, PlayStation 3.
Soundburst is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Digital Audio

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sound when iPhone set to silent? Thomasss95 iPhone 2 Nov 4, 2013 09:54 AM
Anyone use audio editing to make iTunes sound better? stedmanalaska Digital Audio 7 Jul 15, 2013 01:00 PM
Editing Movies with Surround Sound Jwbohrer Apple TV and Home Theater 1 May 5, 2013 11:00 PM
2012 iMac sound set-up Confuzzzed iMac 2 Jan 15, 2013 03:47 AM
Sony's Sound Forge Audio Editing Software Coming to Mac? MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 84 Aug 13, 2012 04:28 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:15 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC