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Loud PC

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Clayjrjr2, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Clayjrjr2

    Clayjrjr2 Guest

    I have a really loud PC and my mic pics up every single little thing that moves in my Studio.

    To give you details on my pc setup:

    3.3 Ghz Intel Pentium 4
    1.25Gb DDR ram
    & a very loud cpu fan!
    Not to mention my case. The side of it is sort of like.... a fence... but different. No plexiglass, no wall, so it has a lot of air going into it..... but..... eh...

    the loudness factor is killing me.

    If you have any suggestions on buying stuff, don't worry about price, just find something that will make my computer shut up. Thank you, and links will be much appreciated.
  2. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    If you have a home studio you might want to try some long cabling and get it right out of the room. In my case I have my PC in an adjoining bathroom which is just around the corner of my door through a hall. So there's zero PC sound in my control room and zero PC sound in my tracking room. One idea anyhow, sure worked out *perfect* for me. :)
  3. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Get a better CPU fan. http://www.zalman.com They make some nice fan setups that are much quieter.
  4. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    I did the same. No box - no noise. I'm happy. Move the pc to the next room, that is the most cheap, fast and soundproof way to go. Drill the small hole through the wall for cabling.
  5. Clayjrjr2

    Clayjrjr2 Guest

    then I'd have to worry about the echo/reverb sound in the bathroom.

    Also in this room needs less of an echo, but i know, and plan on fixing that problem soon.

    I think mccheese helped a little more. .... lemme check out the link

    thanx for the ideas though guys :)

    maybe more pc suggestions?
  6. Clayjrjr2

    Clayjrjr2 Guest

    the link timed out :(
  7. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    The bathroom is pretty quiet. I don't tend to spend a large amount of time in there so I haven't found it a problem. It doesn't have to be a bathroom the point was that moving your PC into another room is the only real path to silence. So called "silent PCs" are expensive and not completely silent. Seems to me Mac laptops have no fan so that's another choice.
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I do.... I spend an AWFUL lot of time in there. Everytime I've put a computer in my bathroom, I get a little creeped out. It keeps saying "Good morning Jeremy" in a very HAL like tone. Then my wife thinks I'm up to no good with nefarious web-sites cuz I'm in there too long and I come out looking tired!

    Okay, back to the question at hand...

    First, I must say that, allowing unrestricted airflow (which is what I took by you mentioning that the side of your pc is like a fence??) is not a good thing. In fact, it works against your cooling fans. You want to have your PC sealed as much as possible and the only openings should be those pushing or pulling air in and out of the case.

    Second - a quiet cooling fan is a must. Not just the CPU fan, but the power supply fan and the case fans too.

    Check out http://
    They have an entire line of nothing but quiet products from Zalman, Coolermaster and all of the other silent pc manufacturers. Call them on the phone and they'll actually be helpful too! (I know, a novel concept...)

    If you have a standard sized case, your options are almost limitless. Since I use a small case (the Antec Aria - custom redesigned by endpcnoise.com to run even quieter) my choices for a quiet CPU fan were even far more limited. I run a 3.0 GHz Extreme Edition with HT and when I told them that I put it in that case, they called me stupid. (okay, not those exact words, but in a much more kind way...)

    I had to modify my case by drilling a hole on the side of the case directly next to the CPU and placing an exhaust fan (120mm) with speed controller on the outside. The whole thing doesn't run dead quiet, but even if I do have someone track in the control room, it has never been a problem on the mics. (With the computer on in my tracking room, the ambient noise level is <30dB - that's pretty darned quiet with a PC in the room!)

  9. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Hee. :lol:
  10. Spy

    Spy Guest


    Greetings Clayjrjr2

    There's also Quiet PC to consider if you like.

  11. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Don't under estimate the value of not having any PC in the room BTW, it seems to be much more relaxing both for yourself and the people you work with. It's like night and day. Every single person who comes here comments on it almost right away, "Hey! Where's the computer? There's no computer sound? Cooool!" :D

    There's just something about the sound of a fan, even slight, which alters the atmosphere of a room. I relaly notice the difference when people come here. They are way more comfortable. Give it the boot, for $50 worth of cables and stick it in the hallway. Your nerves will thank you. :cool:
  12. Clayjrjr2

    Clayjrjr2 Guest

    I think I may have found my soloution. It's not that i'm going to move my computer into another room because I have no other rooms to put it in.
    I'll be better off saving 3 paychecks to get one of these:
    Link removed

    With all the best soundproofing they have and i'll take out all the stuff i already have or don't need.

    I think yeah, i'll do this, but not anytime before christmas. I still want to buy Directwave from FL studio 6 :)
  13. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    3 paycheques for a blank page? Price are crazy these days... :lol:
  14. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    :shock: :lol: :cool:
  15. christian231

    christian231 Guest

    Not sure if you've solved your problem or not, but have you thought about an IsoBox? Expensive, but I'm sure they work great. I'm going to build a version of it for my PC.

  16. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Interesting product. For someone with a budget that's a pretty nice option. :cool:
  17. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Or for about 300 bucks you could set your PC up for liquid cooling. No fans = no noise.
  18. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Hard disks make noise too. They're a lot quieter than they used to be, but they still make noise.

    My machines are very quiet for being air cooled. The disks make more noise than the fans. I'm moving soon. I'm going to build an equipment closet in the new studio and slam the door on PC noise.
  19. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    You'll love it. It's like night and day. :cool:
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