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Powerful Mac Studio rig brings the symmetry [Setups]


An M1 Ultra Mac Studio drives this setup.
An M1 Ultra Mac Studio drives this setup.
Photo: orglickman@Reddit.com

Computer-setup gawkers on social media love their symmetry. It’s really just human nature to prefer those clean lines and even spacing — you know, stopping short of full-blown obsessive compulsive disorder and blowing a gasket if one little cable appears out of place.

Today’s M1 Ultra Mac Studio workstation brings not only powerhouse computing, but a few tricks of the trade when it comes to creating that pleasing symmetry. And it packs an interesting device we don’t see very often.

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M1 Ultra Mac Studio drives dual 4K displays in setup

Redditor orglickman (“Org”) showcased the powerful and neatly symmetrical setup in a post entitled, “My cleanest setup so far.” His M1 Ultra Mac Studio desktop computer drives dual 27-inch Dell UltraSharp 4K displays with 400 nits of brightness apiece.

“It’s my absolute dream computer,” Org said in reply to a commenter who owns an M1 Max Mac Studio. They basically swooned over the M1 Ultra’s imagined power, with its twice-as-powerful chip and 20-core CPU.

Sources of symmetry

The setup gets its neat sense of symmetry from a couple of sources. One is that two displays of equal size sit side by side. Another is that two Audiengine A2+ speakers are evenly spaced in the setup, providing another symmetrical reference point.

And third, the setup more or less lines up with the artwork on the all behind it and the desk mat in the foreground holding the Keychron Q1 Pro Custom Wired Mechanical Keyboard and Logitech MX Master 3S wireless mouse.

Loupedeck Live console

But those aren’t the only input devices in the setup.

“What’s the device to the left of the keyboard?” a curious commenter asked.

“It’s a Loupedeck Live,” Org replied. “I use it mainly for [Adobe] Lightroom.”

Loupedeck Live is a console for live streaming as well as photo and video editing. Similar to how you would use an Elgato Stream Deck, you can customize Loupedeck’s buttons, dials and LED touchscreen to perform different tasks.

It features native integration with programs like Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, but you can create shortcuts and macros using almost any software.

Audioengine desktop speakers

For audio, Org relies on some premium wireless speakers from Audioengine, the A2+ Bluetooth Speakers. They’re great as music or gaming speakers — Mac or PC — or to beef up TV sound, with a 100-foot Bluetooth range.

Here’s how Audioengine describes the sound:

The A2+ 60 Watt Wireless Computer Speakers with subwoofer output deliver high-fidelity true stereo sound that connects to any app or device. This 2-speaker home surround sound system features USB and analog AUX input options, subwoofer output, 2.75″ custom aramid fiber woofers and 0.75″ silk dome tweeters wrapped in precision-tuned, hand-crafted cabinets.

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Loupedeck Live

It's a custom console for live streaming, photo and video editing. It features customizable buttons, dials and LED touchscreen.

12/11/2023 12:24 am GMT


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