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)...