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Basic Macintosh Tips for Best Performance
Disable the Crossfade Songs preference in iTunes
Disable the Sound Enhancer preference in iTunes
Disable the Sound Check preference in iTunes
Disable Sleep and other Energy saving Preferences.
Disable TimeMachine on your media drives.
We recommend a fresh install of the operating system on a clean disc.
We recommend that your computer be used exclusively for music playback. Email, web browsers, screen sharing and applications can effect performance.
Do not use FAT 32 formatted volumes.
Use an SSD drive for the Operating System.
Use an internal or external drive for media, NAS drives may effect sound quality.
Turn off FileVault.
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Getting the most out of your Music Player ::
Your Macintosh is an Audio Component Too
We’ve compiled a brief overview on building the ultimate music server from your Apple Macintosh Computer. We encourage you to use this a a guide on improvements you can make to your system. The field of computer playback is changing each day so we also provide some links to places to keep up to date.
Audiophiles can spend countless hours and seemingly countless dollars on traditional audio components such as speakers, preamp and cabling; adding expensive additions like EMI/RFI treatment, isolation solutions, power conditioning, and more.
An office computer will work but is it the optimal setup? Your audio setup is a highly refined sysem and your computer should be up to the task. Learn what it takes to make your computer the best it can be.
• Use a dedicated computer for music playback ::
Today’s computer’s are general-purpose machines designed to do quite a bit, and are extremely noisy environments as a result. We suggest you choose a Macintosh and dedicate it to just playing music. Avoid using the system for email or printing or other tasks while listening.
• Choose an appropriate computer ::
As for choice of computers, Intel based machines are great. Install 4Gig RAM or more) if you can, at least install 2Gig RAM. For the computer, in order of preference we can recommend the following :
Intel Mac Tower
Intel Mac Mini
Intel MacBook, MacBook Pro
Intel: 10.6.7 and later
iTunes: 9.0, and 10.0, and later
• Streamline your computer ::
Streamline the OS and turn off everything that isn’t absolutely necessary
initialize an SS HD (without journaling) and do a custom install of OSX,
devices may be disabled in device prefs
Disable BlueTooth, WiFi, DashBoard, SpotLight (see below)
• Install a Solid-State hard drive ::
Computers with an SS drive installed can sound significantly smoother than their spinning hard disk counterparts. Same goes for a Network Attached Storage (NAS): it can sound grainy as compared to an SS drive.
Sonic Studio recommends an SS drive for the OS and some favorite music tracks, then use of a larger spinning drive or NAS for storage/backup of one’s library. Generally SLC drives are considered better, more dependable drives vs the cheaper MLC.
Here is a link to the fastest SSD drives. Storage Search SSD...
• Streamline your Macintosh Software ::
• Disable the Crossfade Songs in Playback Settings
• Disable the Sound Enhancer n Playback Settings
• Disable the Sound Check in Playback Settings
Energy Preferences : Disable Sleep and other settings
Time Machine :
Disable your media drives
Turn Off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and other unused services
Airport : Disable Airport Base station agent
List of OSX Processes : Check out what is running