How-To While aftermarket solutions are possible, If you're buying a new iMac, you should first consider whether you want to get VESA compatibility.
Updated Users are concerned over SSD lifespan with the M1 swapping from memory under heavy loads. It's not something to ignore, but the fact is, SSDs last a lot longer than most people think.
Reviews Ableton Live, now at version 11, offers a streamlined workflow and minimalist interface that eases the creative process. It's designed for musicians, not sound engineers.
Reviews OWC's Envoy Pro FX reads and writes at 2GBps via Thunderbolt 3 and 1GBps via Gen 2 (10Gbps) USB for speedy transfers and backups with both Macs and Windows PCs.
Feature Running Windows 10 for ARM on an M1 Mac is workable via virtualization. There's no retail version of the OS available currently, only a free preview, but the indicators that there may be seem positive.
Reviews The latest version of Fledging's Shell Thunderbolt NVMe SSD enclosure features a larger profile, plenty of venting, and an active fan for vastly improved cooling.
Reviews OWC's Envoy Express T3 enclosure lets you use your own M.2 NVMe SSD for external Thunderbolt storage. A clever sticky-mount caddy helps keep it in place.
Reviews Version 5 of Presonus's Studio One (think Logic X) adds a clever live show control module to an equally unique project mastering section, as well as notation editing, MPE support, and upgraded FX. The kicker is that you can now rent its unique features monthly for $15
Reviews Sabrent's HB-SIMC port extender marries with the look and feel of the iMac while making USB and card slot access far easier
Reviews Sabrent leverages the power of their Rocket Q NVMe SSD in this small but fast, dual-interface speedster. It’s also available with up to 8TB of capacity.
Reviews OWC’s Envoy Pro EX USB-C portable SSD is one of those rare products that lives up to the “Pro” moniker. With up to 4TB of capacity, excellent performance and and honest-to-goodness IP67 certification, it’s the real deal.
Reviews UA’s new DAW is tied to the company’s Thunderbolt audio interfaces, but it’s attractively rendered, sounds fantastic, takes analog emulation to the nth degree, and offers infinite undo/redo. Once mature, it could give Pro Tools and Logic a run for their money.
Reviews The TD2 is a top-performing external RAID enclosure, but Thunderbolt might be expensive overkill compared to USB when using only two drives.
How-To An Apple adapter and the proper Thunderbolt dock let your Mac to handle any generation Thunderbolt device, including bus-power-only peripherals.
Reviews Though a step down in DPI from Apple's Retina displays, the Samsung CJ791 ultra-widescreen display offers excellent color and a panoramic viewing experience.
Reviews It runs hot under heavy loads, but Fledging’s Shell Thunderbolt 3 is screaming fast BYONS (Bring your own NVMe SSD) external storage.
How-To Most 2013 and later iMacs ship with proprietary PCIe SSDs, many of which are old, slow, and small. Upgrading to an SSD not made by Apple, including common M.2 types, will save you tons of money while improving performance. In many cases, drastically.