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Old 02-25-2019, 07:44 PM
Tanner. Tanner. is offline
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Default MacBook Air Mobile Rig

I've recently acquired a new MacBook Air (1.8Ghz i5, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD) and I'm hoping to use it for mobile recordings. I have an Antelope Audio Zen Studio+ interface that can run either USB or Thunderbolt and I was curious as to which connection I should use. I want to record to an external drive but I'm unsure if I should use a Thunderbolt drive with the USB interface option or vice versa. What would be the most efficient method to ensure the least amount of issues?
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:42 PM
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Default Re: MacBook Air Mobile Rig

I’d use TB for interface and USB3 for an ext. SSD.

If cost isn’t an issue, use TB for both, but only if you’re using a drive that will make use of the throughout like an NVME drive.

A SATA SSD won’t max out USB3, so no point wasting money on a TB enclosure unless you make use of it.


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Old 03-02-2019, 12:29 AM
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I've recently acquired a new MacBook Air (1.8Ghz i5, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD) and I'm hoping to use it for mobile recordings. I have an Antelope Audio Zen Studio+ interface that can run either USB or Thunderbolt and I was curious as to which connection I should use. I want to record to an external drive but I'm unsure if I should use a Thunderbolt drive with the USB interface option or vice versa. What would be the most efficient method to ensure the least amount of issues?
I have the same model of Macbook Air and invested around 500 Euros in a 2 TB internal SSD (Samsung 970 EVO) via NVME M2 Adapter to substitute the 128 GB one. It is super fast and you don't need an external drive. I partitioned it in a 500 GB start volume and a 1,5 TB data volumes.
The only drawback: You need at least mac OS 10.13., Sierra does not recognize the drive.
I don't do big mobile recordings but edited sessions with 120 tracks on that machine without a problem.

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Old 03-05-2019, 10:45 AM
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Yes, totally agree with messages above, TB is definitely the best option. It costs a lot, but it's worth of this "investment"
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