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DISCLAIMER: Our Mac mini was modified by a seasoned Gotham Sound service technician. Performing this operation on your Mac mini yourself will AT BEST void the manufacturer’s warranty, and possibly result in damage to your computer, yourself, and your ego. Follow at your own risk. We are not responsible for any harm or damage that results from following these instructions.
The latest of Mac minis pack a powerful punch into a small form factor, lending them to all sorts of mobile professional applications. The Mac platform has proven itself as a reliable and versatile option for recording production audio, supporting applications such as Gallery’s Metacorder and VOS Games’s Boom Recorder. This hardware is small in size, but equipped with a powerful processor and Thunderbolt, making it easy to incorporate into cart-based recording rig. The only real caveat is the internal power supply, which forces the Mac mini to be AC-powered.
Modifying a Mac mini to run on DC power isn’t a strange concept. There are plenty of well-documented conversions performed to power the Mac from a car or boat battery. One reason this is such a popular mod is because the Mac mini operates natively on 12 VDC, making it a perfect match for car batteries, and more importantly, the DC power distribution systems already found on many sound carts.
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