Back To My Mac – A Producer/Engineers Best Friend


One of the biggest changes in my life, in the last year, has been the ease that Back To My Mac, has brought to my life. Life is a little easier, I don’t spend so much time in the studio. Instead I work from home or even the beach in Hawaii (Seriously!). Never, has one simple tweak to an OS made my life so good. Hopefully, I have your curiosity piqued. If so, follow me to the jump and I will show you all the awesome ways Back To My Mac can help you!

From The Beach SRSLY!
This February, I took my first 2 week vacation in my life! 10 years of hard work, I think I earned it! While sitting on the beach in Kauai, I get an urgent call from a band. They have received the licensing offer of a lifetime, and need an Instrumental of a track IMMEDIATELY! Since I want to help my friend, I ponder; How I can get this done for them? I find a Wi-Fi Hotspot a few minutes later. I utilize Back To My Mac, click the “Share Screen” button, open the mix (which was still on my hard drive) mute the vocals and record the mix down! I send them a mix in a half-hour flat making them thousands of dollars richer and eternally grateful to me! It took me about 15 minutes to make a client/friend very happy and I didn’t even have to put my Margarita down!

The GDFing Vocal Level!!!
We have all had it happen; You have been mixing for hours on end it’s 2 AM and time to call it a night. It’s the last day of the record, after which you have three whole days off! You get up the next day and you do what you know you shouldn’t – you listen to the last mix of the night. The mix is perfect except the vocal is so unbearably loud! You are totally bummed out, and you now have to go back in to the studio to fix it. Well, if you left the mix set up on your console and you have Back To My Mac, you can tweak it right from home. Simply, sign into your Work Rig and print the vocal down at a couple of different volumes, mail yourself the new mixes, listen and fire off then one you like to the band/label! You saved the day, right from the comfort of your bed, and your Significant Other didn’t even notice you were working on your day off!

I Have The Best Idea!
I live about 45 minutes away from my studio, so getting there is not something I want to do if I don’t have to. To make matters worse, I am a full on insomniac and wake up in the middle of the night all the time, with ideas for whatever song I am working on. I have a modest Pro Tools LE rig at home, to edit, work out ideas on and have fun with. Sometimes, I will awaken in the middle of the night, looking to write a part for a song. Much to my dismay, I usually dont have a Rough Mix of the track handy. That’s OK, all I do is hook up to Back To My Mac and run off a quick rough mix and send it to myself. In about 10 minutes, I am ready to write for hours on end!

I Have The Best Sample At Home!
As I said before, I have a home studio, as well as my main studio. There are a lot of files I keep on my Home Rig – to play with and have fun – that I do not have on my work computer. It’s no big deal, thanks to Back To My Mac, I simply click “Connect As” and grab any files from my Home Rig and send it to my Work Rig. For even faster file transfers, you can even upload the file via sites like Megaupload.

So How Do I Do This?
I suggest reading the Back To My Mac Users Guide, since it is much more eloquent and detailed then me, but I will give you a primer. Here are the requirements to get Back To My Mac going:

  • A MobileMe subscription
  • For computer to computer file sharing or screen sharing: Two or more Mac computers
    running Mac OS X v10.5.6 (or later), each configured for use with the same MobileMe
  • To access a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme hard disk: One or more Mac computers
    running Mac OS X v10.5.6 (or later) and a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme with 802.11n
    and an external hard disk attached. Each computer and device must be configured for
    use with the same MobileMe account. Your Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme need to
    have firmware version 7.4.1 (or later), and your Mac needs to have AirPort Utility 5.4.1
    (or later) installed.
  • A broadband Internet connection (Screen Sharing requires a 300Kbps or faster
    bidirectional network connection between computers)

Enjoy your new free time away from the studio!

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.