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LOUD computer.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ThaRemedy, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. ThaRemedy

    ThaRemedy Guest

    My computer is annoying loud ( i think its my fans) and it is really messing up my recordings. When I do a noise reduction the recording Sounds horribly robotic. Is there a better way to get rid of the noise or reduce the noise that my computer makes?
  2. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    get a 'silence case' or move it out of the room.
    a silence case worked for me- My wife gave me one for my birthday a year ago and its great! There is a review of it by Kurt Foster here in RO but I can't find it- maybe someone will link you to it.
  3. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    buy a G5 tower! :wink:
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Here's a recent thread that should be of some help.
  5. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    I found this site that reviews parts that claim to be silent. They also have a lot of articles about building your own silent PC, along with a gallery of other people's DIY projects.

  6. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I have a G5 tower inside a 'silence case'.... :D
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    ok.... you REALLY don't like noise !
  8. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    nope! :D

    Actually, I like tracking vocals in the control room, so I need it quiet.
    I have a little booth to the side but I hate how 'closed in' the vocals sound in there. I just use it for tracking guitar amps now... 8)
  9. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    I cut a hole in the wall between rooms, just large enough to get all the computer cables through. Put the machine in the other room. Stuffed the hole with old beach towels. Cable for printer, video monitor and scanner were rather "mandatory" type(Or at least hard to extend), so I just put these widgets closest to the hole. My "burner" is USB, so still sits right here on the desk. If I'd wanted to, of course, I could have just put these gadgets in the other room, too... When I need to, the hole will be easy to fix. Works great, noise and heat gone, cost nothing.

  10. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    if you shuve the thing in a wall make sure there is a termostat in there as well. espeialy if its a g5. ive read plenty about thouse things over heating and shuting down. p4 arnt mutch better. if you do spend monney on silent fans and quiet PSU's then you will have a prietie quiet litle machien. also always be wheary of heat, when sound proofing your computer.
  11. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    the G5's are pretty hot- don't think will need a heater in the control room this winter.
  12. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    I have added fans to my system, and also increased their size to 120mm (this took some metal cutting and basic fabrication). I have a 120mm intake that blows into the HD's, a 120mm side intake that blows directly on the CPU's fan ("Fresh Air Tunnel"), a 120mm fan on my CPU Heatsink, and a 120mm Exhaust fan. My Power Supply also has a 80mm and a 92mm fan (both exhaust).

    You probably think my systen would be loud, huh? Nope. All of the fans run at ~7 volts, and are almost inaudible. I could eliminate a few fans, but I like a cool PC. All of these 120mm fans running at inaudible speeds STILL have way more airflow than whimpy 80mm fans that must spin faster and cause more noise.

    You can easily get 7Volts from most PC's power supplies by using the "+12v" as your POSITIVE, and using the "+5V" line as your NEGATIVE feed - leaving you a difference in potential of 7 Volts (make sure your PS is cool with this first). My 120mm fans came with potentiometers to allow variable speed, and I mounted the pots in a blank 5.25" panel on the front of my PC (4 knobs - one for each fan so I can have my CPU fan a bit faster if needed, or run in "Stealth Mode" momentarily while tracking, and then crank the speed back up a hair for normal low-temp use). You can also make a simple SPDT swith to select between +12v and +7v for the fans. Cool and simple DIY stuff that you can do while kicking back with some brewskies (or a bottle of Vodka in my case ;) ).

    You can also find retail "Fan Controllers" that mount in a 3.5" or 5.25" bay, and will do the same thing for some cash.

    You can also look into putting "Dynamat" on your case panels (should be required for panels that resonate when struck IMO), and also look into isolating the HD's from the case with isolation mounts.

    If you do look into reducing fan noise, make sure you keep an eye on your temperatures. A "Hot" PC is worse than a "Loud" PC IMO (A HOT PC will die a quick death).

    If you are a DIY kind of guy, you can make your PC fairly quiet for under $50 or so. If you are like me, you can have a pretty quiet 4GHz machine (Yes, I said 4GHz :eek: ) , and say "I Did It Myself" :D . YES!!!!

  13. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I have a G5 about 1.5 feet from my head most of the day, that sucker puts some heat out of the back, but it's pretty damn quiet.

    Randyman nailed it down for cooling a PC, lots of 120mm fans and a fan controller. Take some time to read around about airflow and how to create a good route for air to go through your computer. Getting a case with a well-ventilated front that will take a 120mm fan is a good start. Get a big passive CPU cooler, with some good airflow and it'll put a big dent in the noise. Also dampening HD vibrations can be as simple as suspending them using elastic string (lots of pics on the website I linked above). The G5 is so quiet because 1) it's a fully ventilated front and rear, not just confined to a couple of spots like many PCs and 2) it uses a lot of high quality fans (9 I think) running slowly, which moves more air than a few fans running at full speed.

    If you ever have to start a G5 with no OS loaded on the HD, you'll hear those fans go full bore, and it sounds like a jet taking off, since they're all OS controlled.

    Companies like Thermaltake and Cooler Master make good cooling stuff. I'm not sure how loud liquid cooling is, but it's always an option, especially if sufficient airflow is a problem.
  14. Rider

    Rider Guest

    theres always a liquid coolant system.. 100% quiet heh.
  15. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    yea thats nice and quiet exept for the pump/exaust setup

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