It was time for a few changes regarding my Hackintosh (v2) used for the professional music studio work. Since today, my build is a very reliable and extremely stable machine, and it definitively meets all my requirements relating to processing power. However, the old GPU already used in my first Hackintosh (v1) is not supported by OS versions higher than High Sierra (10.13.6) and was outdated for a while. Consequently, I planned a significant GPU upgrade, add another SSD to my system and get a long-awaited ultra-wide, dual QHD 49″ curved monitor. Now my system is ready for current Mac OS updates, and I have a fantastic overview of a large number of channels in Pro Tool’s mix window without scrolling.Continue reading →
Like in the music business, people are commonly familiar with polished, radio-ready tracks. No one wants to listen to an unmixed draft version of your song on Spotify. In the same way, the social media community expects high-quality images that are edited to look beautiful and professional – especially if you represent a music brand or label. In today’s world, an image without a “cinematic” filter is quite unusual and is probably not so valued by the Instagram community. We show you our top five apps to take your content and therefore, your Instagram profile to the next level!Continue reading →
ForTunes, a data analytics service that is developed to help all kinds of music creatives, (independent) label managers and producers engage with their online data. After the account setup, the app collects all data from the common social media platforms and music streaming services. ForTunes was developed by a team of eight music and tech enthusiasts based in Vienna, Austria. The team has a great mission to put comprehensive Data Analytics at the fingertips of millions of music creators. Let us have a closer look at its functionalities.Continue reading →
Doing international business by having customers or business partners from all over the world is always exciting, but also can be tricky sometimes. Different time zones, currencies, languages and connectivity can complicate the daily work. By using the right professional tools, you can control those constraints, and you can handle your international business without further headaches. In the music industry and the associated creative industries, we usually do not know borders and frequently collaborate with people from everywhere on the globe. Let me show you five handy tools that facilitate your international business!Continue reading →
In my first Hackintosh blog article, I introduced the Hackintosh concept to my readers and presented the incorporated computer components in my music studio build. Because that build was done in September 2014, I already had plans for a future, new Hackintosh or how to upgrade the existing system to an up-to-date system supporting Thunderbolt. The missing Thunderbolt support of my current 2014s system was the only big downside of it, to be honest. Benchmark-wise, the old system can still cope with some 2017s original Apple devices like the iMac, and I never complained about a lack of processing power with regard to my daily music studio work until now. Because of my studio expansion that included additional analogue gear among others and my love to Universal Audio audio interfaces which I do not want to miss in my setup, a Thunderbolt upgrade for my main studio computer was inevitable. Read in the following how I built a new Hackintosh music studio system with Thunderbolt 3 support, running UA’s Apollo interfaces.
In the first post of this two-part article, we mainly looked at apps with whom a busy and complex daily life (including work and personal life) can be fundamentally organised. Next up I will present you the promised 5 remaining apps of this list, which might optimise your professional workflow.
The beginning of my bachelor studies was the tipping point of the fundamental change of my general organisation. A large number of complex projects came along with the university life, which immediately required an independent time management. Besides, the computerisation at the university was a large readjustment for me, who was coming from a grammar school writing non-stop with pen and paper. All these alterations called for help! In the following list I present you my 10 most commonly used apps which guide me through my everyday work and private life. Due to these little helpers, I am able to increase my productivity enormously for the simple reason that they save me a lot of labour and time.