4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 21, 2010 8:44 AM by qb
Billy James Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
Putting together a home studio rig for voiceover recording. The object of the game is the quietest computer possible, since I don't have a true soundproof environment. I plan to move the Mac as far away from the mic as possible, to avoid hard drive and fan noises.

Would a new Mac Mini with a solid-state drive upgrade be a good choice for this? OWC's Mercury Extreme Pro is advertised as a fast enterprise-class storage drive with silent operation. Would this be a do-able upgrade for the current Mini? Any and all insights welcome.

Mac Pro Dual 3ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,305 points)
    I think just moving the mic away from the mac will be plenty. You would really need a super hi-gain real sensitive mic to pick up a HD spinning from 6' away. This type of mic is not what you want for doing voiceover work.

    But there are plenty of other benefits of a SSD.
  • qb Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    In addition to mic placement, you may want to consider something to control the mics exposure to the overall ambient noise in the room. It doesn't need to be elaborate, just Something like this: http://www.seelectronics.com/rf.html

    If you are more of the DIY type, then you can easily construct one out of egg crate foam.

    While we are at it, Remember to use a Pop Filter and Shock mount to cut out Voice Plosives and Mic stand rumbling. Those are easily constructed for cheap, with easy to find materials....
  • Billy James Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    The pop filter and shock mount are good suggestions, both of which I'm using already.

    I'm familiar with the Reflexion filter. I use a similar gizmo made from a 14" collapsable storage cube with pieces of Auralex foam lining the interior. A tad crude perhaps, but it does help.

    My question is aimed specifically about the Mac Mini, and whether or not an SSD will make for more silent operation. I guess the real quietness will depend on how hard the Mini has to work when doing multi-track audio (since that would determine whether or not the fan kicks in).
  • qb Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Correct, that will all depend on the fan which, I would imagine, will kick in. I personally haven't used one of the new mini's so I can't say how quiet the fan runs. I'm curious how the SSD affects the overall temperature of the Mini. The SSD has no moving parts which would also mean less heat. Does it significantly drop?