Apple iMac 2019 refresh: New desktop machines for musicians and producers

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After leaving its iMac line-up untouched for two years, Apple has introduced a hardware refresh to its desktop computers. Both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs now have 8th/9th-generation Coffee Lake Intel processors and Radeon Pro Vega graphics. The 21.5-inch can be configured with up to a 6-core 8th-gen CPU, while the 27-inch can be had […]

Intel Core i3 shortage may drive up prices on budget music production laptops

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We don’t intend on scaremongering, but the facts are there and they have to be brought up. Citing a recent forecast, DigiTimes reports an impending shortage of Intel processors in the second quarter of 2019. Apparently, Intel’s production capacity is unable to meet demand, on the 14nm node in particular. Due to increased demand for […]

New MacBook Air delivers macOS & Thunderbolt to musicians for USD 1199

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As the rumors foretold, Apple today announced a brand-new MacBook Air. After eight years of waiting, the groundbreaking laptop receives a successor equipped with modern Apple technology, such as a high-resolution Retina display (no True Tone, though), USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, and Touch ID fingerprint-scanning protection. While the computer does pretty much look like a 13.3-inch MacBook […]

Portable processing with the SoundGrid Mobile Server

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I’m not sure it’s completely normal to put a computer server in your backpack when you’re off to run a live gig, but the Waves SoundGrid Mobile Server is a wee little thing that’s going to give you some serious real-time plug-in power for your show or the studio. SoundGrid Mobile Server What’s SoundGrid? SoundGrid […]

Upcoming Apple MacBook Air refresh to be more powerful than the 12-inch MacBook

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It’s heavily implied that Apple is working on an affordable successor to the outdated MacBook Air. It may or may not become part of the MacBook range or retain the Air branding. Regardless of the branding, the new computer is expected to cost US 999 and is scheduled for this year. MacBook Air refresh? Taiwanese […]

Intel to start producing 9000-series Core i3 & i5 CPUs

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Intel is readying 9000-series processors for an upcoming refresh of its Coffee Lake generation. According to a leaked microcode update document, there will be five new models: Core i3-9000 & Core i3-9100 (quad-core) Core i5-9400, Core i5-9500, Core i5-9600, Core i5-9600K (hexa-core) No Core i7 or Core i9 processors have been mentioned in the document. […]

Intel 8-core Coffee Lake CPU surfaces primed for a fall 2018 release

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There are persistent rumors that Intel is going to release an 8-core, 16-thread mainstream Coffee Lake processor in the fall. While the chipmaker made no such announcement at Taiwan’s Computex expo, the processor is definitely in existence. It has made an appearance in the SiSoft Sandra database, disguised as an engineering sample clocked to a […]

Lenovo ThinkPad P52 mobile workstation: the hardcore music producer’s laptop?

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Lenovo has announced a new workstation-class laptop in its ThinkPad series — the P52. A typical ThinkPad on the outside, the P52 can be configured as a music and video production monster on the inside. The laptop uses 8th Generation Intel Xeon and Core CPUs with up to six processing cores and supports up to […]

Intel intros 6-core Core i9-8950HK laptop CPU with improved multi-core performance

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Intel officially launched its latest high-end Coffee Lake Core i9 laptop processor. Likely to go into next generation MacBook Pros (the higher end models, possibly exclusive to the 15-inchers), the CPUs are made on a 14nm process. The Core i9-8950HK features 6 cores and 12 threads, along with the ability to turbo boost up to […]