Since 1999 I have been running this site and paying very close attention
to what savvy PC users talk about, specifically the hybrid and vsti recording crowd
and the type of music computers
t that work. I figure, if you can build a computer that can handle both VSTi and hybrid requirements, I want to know about it. I also need a recording system that runs very cool and quite because, like many modern recording studios, I often track in my control room too.
And finally, I must have a system that will not freeze under load.
Being a Mac die-hard since Pro Tools
5 (1998), I've been slowly shifting away from Apple for various reasons and leaning more towards Custom Built PC's. Properly built, "customized" audio optimized PCs are proving to excel in modular recording systems this decade. We don't need all that Apple App running in the background when you are recording music. Windows 7 offers clear advantages over Apple when it comes to stream lining a professional recording system.
Over the last 4 years I targeted the 3 most talked about PC companies and acquired 5 systems from them. ADK Pro Audio
, Rain Recording
and PC Audio Labs
Rather than trying to write reviews on any of these, I'm simply laying out my experience on what I found to be the most important and impressive reasons I recommend one particular PC company. I am keeping away from slamming the others. They simply didn't step up to the plate when I put them to the test.
Over 3 years I put each company through tests on service and tech support.
The company that ranks highest on my custom built PC list is PCAudioLabs
Their systems are by far the quietest and the smoothest running and their support and knowledge are heads above the rest! They aren't pushing snake oil on you. Their systems work and their support is awesome. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
To me, this was the deciding factor and this is why they are getting my Golden Award
. It's one thing to build a product but another to stand behind your product well after the deal was made and a warranty is up.
PCAudioLabs is miles above the entire pack. They build computers for recording engineers. They test their systems using various DAWs. They are in the music business. You tell them what you want and they build it and stand behind it.
If you are in the market for a custom built PC, definitely call these guys, they know what they are doing. http://PCAudioLabs.com
NOTE: Since this article was written, I now have had the opportunity to use their new custom built laptops. My opinion still holds true.