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D.A.W project

Custom Mac Pro 2010 & DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

outdated, please contact me directly for current state

:!: 2017:
system is stable at OSX 10.12.4 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
for USB3: → PCIe USB3 FL1100 must be used, be warned that NEC Rensas USB3 Chips will not work since 10.11.
:!: 2016:
system is stable at OSX 10.10.5.
I also strongly recommend to move to Clover bootmanager, which results much better compatibility to macOS (benefits: direct updates, kexts injection via clover, so no need to modify macOS at all, like batch original kexts)
refer to https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/how-to-install-os-x-yosemite-using-clover.144426 for more information about clover
:!: 2015:
Replaced the ATI 5770 with the EVA nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and upgraded to OSX 10.9 Mavericks, by using following procedure → http://www.tonymacx86.com/374-unibeast-install-os-x-mavericks-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html
works like a charm, thanks to http://www.tonymacx86.com/tonymacx86
:!: 2014:
OS X 10.9 Mavericks: please make sure to disable App Nap feature for all recording apps.
tested: ProTools >9.0.6, Reaper >4.57, Metric Halo 2882/ULN2, Final Cut Studio X, Logic Studio X, Mainstage 3, Ableton Live, …

This is project is aimed to build a reference system with favored- most recommended compatible and certified components not only for a Digital Audio Workstation,…
following criteria have been respected:

  • OS X compliant (community recommended setup for smooth osx installation)
  • Performance (x58 motherboard, i7 quadcore cpu,… )
  • Noise (extra special silent components: case, cpu cooler, graphic card, power supply)
  • Cooling (special high quality cooling performance: case, cpu cooler gpu cooler)
  • Compatibility (compliant chipsets, eg. motherboard, pcie firewire card )

I've spent a lot of time researching the components for this system, especially to be osx compliant and certified to most audio devices (AVID/Digidesign/M-audio, RME, MOTU, Metric Halo, TC, Presonus, … )

If you like this documentation or have any questions about it, just drop me a line per mail (infos can be found at the contact site)

gaming performance: Please understand that this is not a high end gaming machine. Because I need to have a fully OS X compliant workstation I've chosen the graphic card ATI Radeon HD 5770 which can be found in native macpro models and it is known that it do not have the best gaming experience!

the build is based on tonymacx86 CustoMac described in his blog/forum:
FORUM: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Pro 2010 [RECOMMENDED]
BLOG: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Pro 2010
special thanks to this community!


CASE Silverstone Fortress FT02B
PSU Corsair TX 850-Watt
MOTHERBOARD Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2.0 LGA1366
CPU Processor Intel Core i7 950 3,06Ghz
COOLER Noctua NH-D14
RAM CORSAIR Dominator, DDR3-RAM KIT 6 GB KIT, 1600 MHz, CL8, 3x 2 GB, TR3X6G1600C8D
RAM HyperX Savage HX316C9SRK4/32 32GB (1600MHz, CL9) DDR3-RAM Kit (4x8GB)
GPU Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X 1GB GDDR5
GPU EVA nvidia GeForce GTX 760
GPU EVA nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 FTW ACX 3.0
Firewire PCIe Digitus Firewire 800 / 400 Combo, DS-30203-1
USB3 PCIe Inateck KT4006 , Frecso Logic FL1100
DVD Sony Optiarc Black AD-5260S
HDD SATA II Samsung SpinPoint F3, 1 TB, 32MB Cache, 7200rpm
Fan Control SCYTHE Kaze Server
Bluetooth GMYLE Bluetooth Class 2 4+EDR USB-stick

Fact sheet

type chipset kext product
CPU: Socket LGA1366 i7 NullCPUPowerManagement.kext INTEL i7 950 3.06GHz
GFX: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (ootb) EVA nvidia GeForce GTX 760
SATA north: MARVELL 9128 AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
USB 2.0/3.0 north: NEC uPD720200 GenericUSBXHCI.kext GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
USB 3.0 PCIe: Fresco Logic FL1100 (ootb via AppleUSBXHCI ) Inateck KT4006
FIREWIRE PCIe: TI XIO2213B Digitus Firewire 800 / 400 Combo, DS-30203-1
BLUETOOTH: BCM20702 GMYLE USB Broadcom BCM20702 Class 2 Bluetooth V4.0+EDR
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 HyperX Savage HX316C9SRK4/32 32GB (1600MHz, CL9) DDR3-RAM Kit (4x8GB)

LEGACY Installation (outdated)

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


Installation process OS X 10.6

for information about the installation refer to iBoot + MultiBeast: Install Mac OS Installation Guide: http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2010/04/iboot-multibeast-install-mac-os-x-on.html

  1. Boot using iBoot disc ( > version 2.5.3 for unified graphics support)
  2. Install OS X 10.6
  3. Reboot with iBoot disc (select new installed OSX in Chameleon)
  4. Remove iBoot disc.
  5. Launch MultiBeast but don't let the installer run
  6. Launch and install Mac OS X v10.6.8 Update (Combo) but do NOT click restart when it completes
  7. for FD Bios version download proper DSDT Version from http://www.tonymacx86.com/ DSDT Database and store file on Desktop
  8. Run MultiBeast (see below for proper options)

MultiBeast 3.8 options

:!: to speedup bootprocess, prevent superfluous kext injections
:!: you can find implemented chipsets in the Advanced Information section, this may help to choose the right Kexts & Enablers

  • UserDSDT
  • System Utilities → Rebuild Caches
  • System Utilities → Repair Permissions
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Audio → Realtek ALC8xx → ALC8xxHDA :!: NOTE: if exists from any preversion, delete LegacyHDA from /Extra/Extenisons
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Audio → Realtek ALC8xx → AppleHDA Rollback ;-) ALC889
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Disk → JMicron36xeSATA ;-) JMicron JMB362
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Graphics → Enablers → ATY_Init Vervet :!: NOTE: if exists, delete ATY_init.kext file in /System/Library/Extensions folder
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Miscellaneous → FakeSMC
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Miscellaneous → IOPCIFamily Fix
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Miscellaneous → USB 3.0 - NEC /Renesas
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Network → Lnx2Mac's Realtek RTL81xx Ethernet ;-) RealtekRTL8111E
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Bootloaders → Chimera v1.4.1 r877 :!: NOTE: GraphicsEnabler ATY_init is obsolete,… already since a while,…

additional options:

  • Customization → Boot Options → 64-bit Apple Boot Screen usually a real mac runs 32bit kernel as its standard for compatibility reasons, but Mac Pro (Mid 2010) is the fist box using 64bit kernel.
  • Customization → System Definitions → Mac Pro → Mac Pro5,1 → Core i7
MultiBeast 3.8 screenshot

10.6.4-10.6.8 Updates

The only thing which does not work any more after any Update > 10.6.4 is the audio stuff.
Therefore you will need to rerun the MultiBeast > 3.1 only with following options enabled to get the audio back working:

  • System Utilities → Rebuild Caches
  • System Utilities → Repair Permissions
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Audio → Realtek ALC8xx → ALC8xxHDA
  • Drivers & Bootloader → Kexts & Enablers → Audio → Realtek ALC8xx → AppleHDA Rollback

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Upgrade to Lion 10.7.2


Installation process

  1. BACKUP: clone existing Setup to a new drive using carbon copy cloner
    :!: the cloned system will not be bootable as no boot manager is installed at the bootblack (this is not part of the cloning process). to get it boot try to boot with rboot cd and install Chimera Bootmanager
  2. Download Mac OSX Lion 10.7.2 app from app store
  3. ProTools 9.0.5 will work after upgrade. :!: before upgrading delete following Extension /System/Library/Extensions/DigiDal.kext , otherwise this will always cause kernel panic when booting new Lion kernel!
  4. For the upgrade process follow steps described at tonymacx86 blog or the UniBeast way
  5. choose “Lnx2Mac's RealtekRTL81xx Ethernet v0.0.90” driver at Network as this is the only one which is stable (don't forget to donate on lnx2Mac's site) :!: the “Realtek Gigabit Ethernet 2.0.6” is known to cause kernel panics in conjunction with Skype, Teamspeak etc,…
  6. Multibeast 4.1 screenshot:

  7. Post: After the Installation, some modifications may be necessary. check out the next steps :
    1. /Extra/org.chameleon.boot.plist , check that kernel flag arch=i386 is NOT set !
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
      <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
      <plist version="1.0">
      	<key>Kernel Flags</key>
      	<string>npci=0x2000 darkwake=0</string>
      	<key>Legacy Logo</key>
      	<key>Hide Partition</key>
      	<string>hd(1,2) hd(1,3)</string>
      	<key>Boot Banner</key>
      	<key>Graphics Mode</key>
    2. /Extra/smbios.plist
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
      <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
      <plist version="1.0">
    3. /Extra/Themes/Default replace standard chimera theme with the beautiful hd-recording mac like theme default.zip
      more about themes → Theme

dualboot OSX+WIN


  1. get a proper working OSX installation on the first sata drive and if everything runs stable, buy an additional drive, yes, a second seperate drive,… no, don't ask… → buy a second drive
  2. disconnect sata drive were OSX is located
  3. mount and connect the new sata drive on a different (but higher) channel (don't use the same sata channel/cable, eg.: if OSX drive is located on SATA_2 then the win drive must be connected min. on SATA_3 and NOT SATA_1)
  4. install windows 7 onto the new drive
  5. re-connect the OSX sata drive

now system will bootup from the first drive and bootloader will detect the new windows drive and you can choose between osx and windows,…