Mac Setups: Audio Production Hackintosh with Triple Displays

Jan 19, 2013 - 12 Comments

Hackintosh setup of an Audio Producer

This weeks awesome Mac setup comes to us from Gil P., it’s used primarily for audio production, and as you’ll see it’s quite a whopper with some amazing hardware with perhaps a tad bit of cheating because the desktop Mac is actually a custom built Hackintosh that dual boots OS X and Windows 7! Everything from left to right (including the beta fish tank):

  • MacBook Pro 13″ (2010) – 4GB RAM, SSD

But now things get very interesting with the hackintosh desktop setup, which consists of the following hardware:

  • Quad-Core Intel i5 3.3 GHz CPU
  • 8GB RAM (16GB coming soon)
  • Dual EVGA GTX 260 video cards
  • Dual 128GB Samsung 830 SSD drives in RAID 0 for OS X and all apps
  • 150GB Western Digital Velociraptor 10k RPM drive for Windows 7 and apps
  • Dual 1.5TB Western Digital green drives, one for audio media and the other for video media
  • Dual 1TB Seagate drives in RAID 1 for OS X backups and personal content storage
  • 3 23″ ASUS 1080p VH236h displays
  • Ergotron LX monitor stands attached to each 23″ display
  • Apple Keyboard
  • X-Clio full ATX tower case
  • Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-ED3 motherboard
  • 1000W PSU
  • The fancy monitor arrangement was found after considerable trial and error, and Gil says it’s the most ergonomic solution that allows for maintaining focus when switching between different displays.

    Mac hackintosh setup

    We haven’t covered any Hackintosh stuff recently, but the movement is still going strong with professionals who need beefy hardware alternatives while the long wait for a revamped Mac Pro continues.

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    Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups

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    1. Chris says:

      Great setup but is it really for audio production. If you’re doing serious adio work you wouldn’t want to have the CPU case and all of the fan noise just a foot or two away from your ear. Unless of course he just put it on his desk for the picture…

      • parakeet says:

        It looks like a set of headphones are on top of the case, and maybe speakers are under the desk where the tower usually resides.

        • aku says:

          lol..if u producing audio seriously u need the speakers parallel to your ears(the a reason for that matter) and the those headphones not the great ones wont be able give proper sound frequencies.

      • Misha says:

        As you can see there are some “big ass fans” in the side of the case, allowing for a slow rotation and good airflow. Probably the owner didn’t go cheap on the other internal fans either, and that way you’ll end up with a very silent setup.

        Having said that, I also would place the desktop case in a “hidden” place, whe there is a good airflow off course.

    2. parakeet says:

      Wow that is amazing. I can’t believe Apple is abandoning the pro market and Mac Pro and forcing pro’s to build their own unofficial Macs (for 1/3 the price…). Then again it makes people put together great stuff like this, and tinkering is one of the most fun things we geeks do.

    3. Robert says:

      Hello,

      What chassis is the black one on the right side?

    4. Dom says:

      Mother of god. Nice setup :)

    5. Jos says:

      Whats u with the Braun Razor next to the water tank?

    6. Andrew says:

      Is that a beta fish? If so, thank you for not putting it in a tiny little bowl. It’s refreshing to see someone take care of one in something larger than a coffee mug. Great setup!

    7. Mike says:

      If this is for audio production where are the speakers? This looks nice for office but terrible for serious audio productions (all the fans, empty walls that reflect the sounds, no sweet spot,…)

    8. John says:

      Yea, I am not seeing anything that indicates that this is for “audio production”. Where’s the monitors (not the ones you look at)? Or even some decent computer speakers, and the rig on top of the desk, with as others have mentioned, the fans right there, and in a corner, that would play havoc with sound bouncing.

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