Sadly its Apple’s policy with Mac Pro’s that is forcing me off the platform, the only workflow I still use it for is music on a 2013 cylinder, and in the near future I’ll go PC as I’m making the transition to Cubase now. Derrek I feel for you, I have two 2012 pro’s that are just for incidental work, I’ve given up on them after 25+ years.
A 2018 Mac Mini has more processing power than an old cheesegrater Mac Pro, except the 12-cores. The new Mac Pros are really only for TV studios and very hardcore work, and that power just isn’t needed for audio work.
There’s a lot more to it than just CPU. All the macs except a few top end ones (that cost $4k-6k just to look at) use laptop grade memory, busses, GPU’s and so forth. They refuse to use NVIDIA so all of our art work has to be PC. For audio you need lots of storage options, and due to a variety of factors a mini is not equivalent to even an old pro.
Unless you live within the narrow use case Apple defines you’re out of luck.