Optimizing OSX for Audio

Apple computers are almost studio ready right out of the box. There is very little required from the user in terms of optimization.

  1. Enable secondary click in Mouse Preferences
  2. Disable Natural scrolling direction in Mouse Preferences
  3. Set scrolling to without inertia in Universal Access>Mouse>Mouse Options
  4. Change show spotlight from CMD+Space to Option+Space in Keyboard>Keyboard Shortcuts (so you don’t conflict with Pro Tools recording shortcut)
  5. Disable Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible in Energy Saver preferences

These are just some of my own suggestions.

please note, this article was originally written for OSX 10.7 but has been updated over the years and should be considered almost entirely up to date. Continue reading Optimizing OSX for Audio

Free Plugin Of The Week – Izotope Vinyl VST|RTAS

Every Monday I highlight free plugins new and old that are worth checking out. See all posts in the Free Plugin Of The Week Series.

iZotope Vinyl

iZotope Vinyl

This is not a new plugin, but it is one of my favorites, mostly because I love that crackle on vinyl records. I like it on drum loops, synth basses and even guitars. The only thing with this plugin is it has only one purpose, but it does it very well, just don’t over use it.

“The ultimate lo-fi weapon, iZotope Vinyl uses 64-bit processing and advanced filtering, modeling and resampling to create authentic “vinyl” simulation, as if the audio was a record being played on a record player.”

It works on both Mac and Windows systems, in RTAS/AudioSuite/HTDM, VST, MAS, Audio Unit, DirectX formats. It supports sample rates of up to 192 kHz, and is fully automatable.

More info and download

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