The latest Sonic State Sonic Lab video takes a quick look at the new Mac Mini, one of Apple’s new entry-level MacOS computers.
The introductions have upturned expectations for MacOS computers, because the M1 system-on-a-chip is optimized in ways that desktop users are not used to, and the company’s bottom-of-the-line Macs based on the new M1 perform at a level that beats or at least competes with last year’s top-of-the-line maxed out systems.
In the video, host Nick Batt takes a look at the cheapest of the M1 Macs, a Mac Mini with an 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB hard drive. He tried a variety of tests, creating 111 tracks with 444 voices and 555 plug-in instances (native) before the machine slowed to a crawl.
“This little computer packs a lot of punch for the price,” he notes. “But at present only really in true native mode can you expect this kind of performance.”
This is bleeding edge for musicians. Most will not want to switch to an M1 Mac until developers and software have a chance to catch up to the new systems. But ‘Apple Silicon’ is starting to look like one of those ‘game changers’ that actually lives up to the term.
Check out the video and share your thoughts on the new M1 Macs in the comments!