Weather Near Me – Snow and Music

How Snow Can Help Your Music

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Weather forecasts are something of a hot topic when the “snow” word gets thrown about.   Since the groundhog saw his shadow just a few days ago.   It seems that the early spring and warm weather might not be here for many of us in the United States.  California, Florida and some other spots in America don’t have to worry about snow or the cold temperatures that many in the midwest, and northeastern parts of America experience.

However, what we give up in the sun, beach time, and enjoying the outdoors doesn’t mean that we don’t get a few benefits like “Snow Days”.  I don’t necessarily mean no school, and sleeping late with a day of Netflix in your PJ’s.   I mean that as a musician or someone interested in the creation of audio it can be tough finding time to make music let alone record the music.  Many musicians use nights, weekends and personal time to create their musical passions.

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So this week many of us in the snow belt brace for another storm that’s dropping lots of the white stuff and outside of the shoveling, and the cold extremities that don’t warm up until June.  I think a few musicians out there are excited by the prospect of maybe a snow day or two.  We can hear guitar strings calling to us to change them.  Drums that need some quality time with their owners, and a few vocal tracks that are sure to be recorded.  So remember even if the groundhog’s predictions didn’t come true with some early warm weather.  It just means some more time honing your craft before the spring and summer music festivals we all are looking forward to.

 

The Question of the Day:

Is anyone else out there happy to get a snow day to practice your music or create something musically?  

 

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Hackintosh Build 2019

Is Hackintosh Worth IT?

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The Windows vs MAC thing is old and tired. Here at Slick Audio, we are moving full time pro musicians, producers, engineers, that need professional tools to record audio and make money with audio creation. Over to Slick Audio computers running Windows 10 every day. Where is the proof?  The DAW manufacturers Cubase, ProTools, Studio One, and most all the others run on PC. Why? Because it works.

MAC’s are computers just like Windows computers running similar if not the same hardware in many cases. Apple in the past made computers that creative people used because the hardware was powerful, but they no longer build those computers. It’s just a fact.

MAC’s are Magic

Magic of Music

We need to dispell a myth out there that turning on a MAC for recording that it somehow it turns crappy music into Top 10 hits is just crazy.  Things change people use to used oil lamps to light their homes, and horses to get where they were going. I don’t think anyone out there is using a horse to get to work instead of their SUV.  So just stop the comparisons.

Today Windows 10 PC like the ones from Slick Audio is designed to run the software, plugins, Virtual Instruments that virtually every recording studio uses in a computer that is designed to record audio, for professionals or home studios.

Why Not Use Hackintosh?

We get this question often from MAC users scared to move to Windows believing that it will be difficult, it won’t work.   Or that only Pro Musicians use MAC.  Well, other than that being utter nonsense this myth is just taking money away from you the musician or a pro engineer trying to make a living with your musical talent.

Why lies beneath the surface?

Trouble

What we tell anyone that asks is NO we don’t do that.  Just imagine if your music makes top 10 or you do the studio work for another artist that becomes successful.  Then the dreams start to become reality more gigs, more money, and fame.  Skys the limit right?    Maybe, but what could happen is that your new found success and wealth might in fact just be what the lawyers are looking for.  To make an example of someone who illegally loaded an APPLE OS to a PC.  We all know how this ends right, the lawyers like sharks at a feeding frenzy rip you, your company, your reputation, and your bank account apart.  Leaving you broke wondering what went wrong.  So just don’t do it is our advice.

Just remember you spend all your creative time in the DAW software of your choice anyway making music if you need to learn a new DAW or operating system like Windows, it’s far easier and less painful than letting the lawyers get your hard earned money.

 

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NAMM 2019 Day 4

Friends at NAMM

Today is the last day of the NAMM Show for 2019.  Slick Audio was exhibiting its custom audio recording computers and a few friends stopped by our booth and we took some pictures and video.  Here is a quick peek at some of some good friends having fun at NAMM.

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Free Audio Recording Computer

UPDATE Winner

A winner has been chosen and we will be updating this page with some information soon please check back soon.

 

Live From NAMM 2019

Slick Audio, came out strong with another great exhibit at this years NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.  The makers of Windows Based audio recording computers in Laptops, Desktop, Rack, and other forms made another announcement that this year at NAMM.  They were giving away a new recording computer.  To enter the contest go to www.slick.audio and click on the image of the FREE DAW COMPUTER.

New Artist Endorsees

Jim Slick President & CEO of Slick Audio also announced that two artists from the band IceFish Virgil Dona (drummer), and Alex Argento (keyboard) are now endorsees.   Both of them running Slick Audio Computers in their own studios.  Slick Audio continues to bring innovation and best in class computers for recording audio.

Visit Slick Audio for all your Audio Computer Needs.

 

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Customer Testimonials

Loving the Slick Audio Laptop

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Recent testimonials from satisfied customers, that purchased Slick Audio Computer.

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Runs perfectly

  • “Loving the Slick laptop thus far. Runs perfectly and I don’t have to think about it. I dove right into an album mix project on it, and so far, not once, have I had to think about the computer. I can’t imagine any higher praise than that. :-)”

-JWL

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Slick audio has provided me the most hassle-free month

of audiogeekery thus far in my career!

Slick Audio Dream Audio Computer

Until recently, I’d always used cheap windows machines for audio production, making do with whatever I could afford at the time. I did my best to keep them tweaked out and operational for audio production. Finally, after a simple hard drive failure with a new gaming-style laptop from one of the large computer companies caused me 4 months of downtime, something snapped.

For the first time in my life, I considered buying an Apple machine. I was always a bit envious of the limited architecture of the Macintosh world since it was easier to make specialized audio gear Just Work with the platform. But from what I can tell, Mac-using audiogeeks are less happy now with that platform than at any time in my memory, so I was wary.

But then I found Slick Audio. These are premium machines, costing much less than a similar performance from the Mac world, and are already tweaked out and dedicated to audio. It was more than I’d ever spent on a laptop, but I bit the bullet, braced for impact, and ordered one.

The first night I had it, I installed the audio software I needed (drivers for my interface & control surface, the two DAWs I use, and the plugins I like). I copied over some data that I work with onto the new machine.

And then I got back to work.

I never got a hiccup

I just finished mixing the first record on this machine, and through the entire process, I didn’t have to think about anything computer-related at all. Not once. Everything — both primary DAWs, all of my plugins, the audio drivers — just worked, I never got a hiccup, a glitch in playback while the computer catches up, I never had to reboot in the middle of the session because the computer’s “acting weird.” There were no interruptions to the workflow to fight with technology. It was just about the music, every moment, from initial balancing to see what I have in each song to the final renders (which took less time than ever….. did I mention this machine is fast?).

I can’t imagine any higher praise than this. If you have the option to invest in quality tools for audiogeek jobs, Slick audio has provided me the most hassle-free month of audiogeekery thus far in my career. I expect this machine to last me years. Highly recommended.

 

James L

 

 

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Christmas Special: Slick Audio

Christmas Savings

Got everyone else a great gift for Christmas?  Now it’s time to get yourself something for Christmas.  Laptops, PC’s, Audio Recording Computers Now 10% OFF.  (Limited Time Offer call for details)

Merry Christmas Slick Audio

Happy New Year

Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year. Best wishes from your friends at Slick Audio.

Happy New Year 2018

 

 

Unstoppable PCs for Music Production | Slick Audio

Slick Audio is featured in the December issue of Music Trades

Music Trades

Music Trades recently did a feature with Slick Audio.  The topic Slick Audio Computer specialist optimizes unstoppable PCs for music production.

Based in White Haven, Pennsylvania, between Allentown and Scranton, Slick Audio offers a selection of laptop, mini, tower, and rack-mounted PCs for setups large and small. At the affordable end of the spectrum are it’s 2100/2200 Series desktop/rack models.   Including a series of minicomputers, and a series of laptops.  And at the high end, there are the 4100 Series towers and racks which are designed for any pro needs.

The Slick Audio PC’s are custom designed computers with the needs of musicians, creative individuals at the heart of the products they make.  Slick Audio knows music and the creative process as musicians they know how to make the best computer for your musical needs.

The full feature describes more about Slick Audio, the computers we make and why Slick Audio, makes the best computers for audio creation.

For the full article please go to Music Trades or download the article here.

SMALLEST DAW COMPUTER

If you are into recording audio, you know gear can really take up a bunch of room.   Do any Drummers out there know what I am talking about?  So if you have a bunch of instruments then you can dedicate a lot of space to your instruments  Like the whole basement of your house or Even your garage.  But what is a someone in an apartment, condo, or touring musician to do when they are limited on space?  Want to know more?  Click here.

 

 

 

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Latency in Recording Music – What is it and How Do I Fix IT?

 

Latency in Recording

What is Latency? – The time it takes the sound to transmit through air. ( Usually measured in milliseconds when recording audio). Latency in recording audio is described as the delay generated when a signal is routed through a digital audio workstation and connected peripherals.

How does Latency Affect Recording Audio?   An example would be if a MIDI note generated on your keyboard leaves it is sent to the computers CPU processor.   The corresponding sound from your software instrument is then generated by your CPU.   The signal is then sent back to your interface and converted and sent out as an analog signal to your speakers for example.

Jim Slick of Slick Audio, reviews Latency, what it is and how to fix it when recording audio in a computer.

 

 

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