Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server - XMAC-MS-A

1U Rack Enclosure for Mac mini with 1 Full-length and 1 Half-length Slot with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 Connectivity
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Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server - XMAC-MS-A
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Rackmount Your Pro Tools Rig!

Get your Pro Tools|HD Native and Mac mini into a space-saving 1U rack unit with the Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server enclosure. This thoughtfully designed and state-of-the-art rack unit gives you the connectors and expandability you need to set up your system. xMac mini Server connects two PCIe slots to a Mac mini via Thunderbolt 2. This lets you add your Pro Tools|HD Native card in the half-length slot that you can connect to a Pro Tools interface of mixing board. But that's not all - there's still enough room to hook up a DSP card, a solid state drive, or an eSATA card in the other PCIe slot. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer for more information on the space-saving and robust Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server enclosure.

Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server Enclosure at a Glance:
  • Supercharge your computer's capabilities
  • The smart way to rackmount your Pro Tools|HD Native system
  • Expandability and functionality for your studio
Supercharge your computer's capabilities

With your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac mini and the xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 2 enclosure, you'll have access to your PCIe-based peripherals anywhere you go. Now you have the blazing fast speed and exceptional bandwidth only PCIe offers - perfect for pro recording in a portable design. With a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac mini, the xMac mini Server enclosure, and a compatible PCIe audio interface, you've got a low-latency, high-track-count recording system.

The smart way to rackmount your Pro Tools|HD Native system

Whether you're putting them to work in the studio or taking them on the road, you need a safe, secure home for your Mac mini and Pro Tools rig. Now, thanks to Sonnet Technologies' xMac mini Server enclosure, you have one! Designed for the Mac minis, the xMac mini Server makes a studio hub - in a 1U package. A protective top cover and 18" mounting depth make the xMac mini Server consistent with most racks and a dependable protector.

Expandability and functionality for your studio

Not one to rest on being good enough, Sonnet Technologies loaded the xMac mini Server enclosure with everything it needs to rock your world. From its own central power supply to automatic variable-speed fans to convenient external connectors, this enclosure has everything you need built in; just add your Mac mini and Pro Tools card. A second PCIe slot lets you add anything from a DSP card to solid state drives, and external Thunderbolt ports give you and ultra-fast connection to external hardware and storage. Take it from the Sweetwater crew - the Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server enclosure is the perfect hub for your studio!

Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server Enclosure Features:
  • Get your ProTools rig in a single 1U rack unit
  • Utilizes a Mac mini (not included) running OSX 10.6.8 or later
  • Use professional PCIe cards with Thunderbolt 2-equipped computers
  • Expansion slots include 1 half-length and 1 full-length PCIe slot
  • External connectors include 2 Thunderbolt, 1 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0, and 1 HDMI
  • Temperature-controlled fan automatically optimizes speed for installed cards
Rackmount your entire Pro Tools rig, including computer, with the 1U Sonnet Technologies xMac mini Server enclosure!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Tech Specs

Connection Type Thunderbolt, Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI, PCIe 2.0 half-length, PCIe 2.0 full-length
Manufacturer Part Number XMAC-MS-A

Customer Reviews

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xMax mini Server - Great Solution for Mobile Recording Rig

The xMax mini Service is a great solution to set up a mobile recording rig. I purchased the xMax unit to house my Mac mini and a UAD-2 Quad PCIe card and the installation and setup was quick and easy. The xMax mini Server unit is deep and with the Mac mini installed it is a bit heavy so you will need a good rack case. The xMax has 2 PCIe slots (that connect to the Mac Mini over Thunderbolt) and I plan to add another UAD-2 card or a Dante card in the future. The xMax unit has 2 Thunderbolt ports, one is used by the PCIe bus and the other port is available. This expands my Mac mini (late 2012 unit that only has 1 Thunderbolt port). This let me connect the UAD-2 PCIe card along with an Apollo Twin using Thunderbolt. I reason I give it 4 stars is because the cooling fans it comes with are VERY LOUD..!!! With the stock fans I wasn't able have the xMax unit in the same room I was recording with microphones. I have replaced the stock fans with fans that quiet, have better static pressure, airflow and now the xMax unit can be placed in the same room with the microphones. I recommend this unit for a mobile recording system (IF you replace the fans which is easy and inexpensive)...
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