I’ve been tasked with configuring the hardware for our music recording studio renovation.
Because the producer is more familiar with Apple products, and because everything is Thunderbolt 2 and below, we’re going with a Mac Pro.
I was hoping to find a decent rackmount RAID array with thunderbolt to connect to the Mac Pro, but it looks like I’m stuck with desktop arrays and buying shelves for the rack.
He originally requested “3 x 1 TB drives”, but I’m not sure if he means 3TB usable storage or 3 separate volumes. He is on his honeymoon right now, so I’m going to assume he means 3TB usable plus some other volume to back things up.
He requested “fast enough for audio” which I would roll my eyes at if we didn’t have issues in the past with drives being too slow for multitrack editing.
So I guess my question is, if you were to build an audio editing rig with 3TB of usable storage, what components would you use?
Do any of you have experience with OWC’s ThunderBay units? They have some with software RAID “built in”, or those that just use Apple Software RAID… both of which don’t make me feel too comfortable (I’m more of a hardware RAID kind of guy).
Despite the software RAID, this looks interesting:
I’d be tempted to just populate that with some 2TB drives in RAID 5 and then get another less robust large drive to back up the data.