Is it worth to build a hackintosh for Home recording. Does it work good, in anyway? Let’s find out!
Yesterday I was posting thread on a forum about this. And then decide to talk more decent about this topic on this site.
You know, the forum is still don’t have many members yet. So there was like I am doing monolog :))
But here maybe will be read by a lot of more peoples. ‘Hackintosher’, fellow audio friends. By you guys! … hopefully.
So, back when I begin to find out the possibility of how to install macOS on a lowest ‘hackintosh’ PC spec.
But finally I found the way and it works! and then I share it on this blog how to make a Vanilla Hackintosh your own.
Later on, I find another possibility. Can a low budget hackintosh do some extreme task. Like doing task for home recording.
And surprise surprise it works too!
With only four GB of ram installed and I can record some track on it. Believe it or not.
As experiment I do some cover song from my teenage favorite bands ‘Nirvana‘. You can check the result on my Soundcloud profile.
Below is the video overview of low budget hackintosh performance for recording audio.
How to make hackintosh PC fully working for home recording
On the previous post, I’ve been talking about this topic actually. But in this post, I’d like to share the experience more specifics for how to make
As you’ve seen the case study. If it works on core2 duo pc with only 4 GB of RAM.
Then, it will work way
Here that determine what makes Hackintosh run flawlessly.
A good Graphics card
Whether if you are running a core i3, i5, i7 pc. But if your graphics card isn’t supported for macOS. Then it will be suck.
Is not always an expensive graphics card. But, the most important is, the GPU should be compatible
You can check the list of working graphics card on this page (link will open in new tab): Working Graphics Cards For Hackintosh [Case Study]
If you want to install macOS Mojave, see the references of alternative Metal capable graphics card here: Want to Install macOS Mojave on Hackintosh Think Again!
So, once again. It does not have to be expensive! as long it compatible it will just work.
Make sure your Power Supply Unit is good too!
In the first trial and error of how to make a low budget hackintosh work for recording audio. I was having a problem with latency and noises. When running a DAW or guitar amp sim software.
And I recently found the problem is coming from a
After replacing the PSU with the good one. DANG! the issue is gone.
But not 100%. Because I use a super cheap Audio Interface at the time. So I bought a new audio interface and the issue is 100% solved.
A low latency Audio Interface
There is a bunch of super cheap audio interface out there on the market. That promise you with low-latency audio.
But, you only got what you pay. So make sure your audio-interface really have low-latency. Once again, is not always super expensive.
There’s some good audio interface that not costs so much. But have a ‘real’ low-latency audio. Like Behringer U-Phoria USB audio interface for example.
For more list of cheap but good USB audio interface for Home Recording, you can check here: Best Cheap USB Audio Interface For Home Recording
You may also need to optimize macOS on your
Here you can read the article: Optimize Mac OS for Digital Audio Workstation [Home Recording]
That’s some insight from me. So, now you have your own conclusion that if it running well on low budget PC. Then it should run more great on better PC specs.
As long as all other parts supported. Your hackintosh should be abble do any task just the way the real Mac does.
There will always some issue with hackintosh but you’ll find the way 😉