Racking AMPS, Networking Guitars and New Studio Setup

 

Racking AMPS, Networking Guitars, and New Studio Setup

Slick Audio has been doing some updates to the studio and thought we would bring some updates to everyone on some cool new changes that have been put in place.

Jim Slick of Slick Audio reviews some of the changes being made to the office studio. How to rack multiple amps, with live switching. (How you can use all your guitar amps easily by Racking your amps, Networking Guitars or Bass to switch between the amps live easily.) Jim also gives an overview of how to get your audio into your DAW Computer for recording.

 

 

 

 

 

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Post Summer NAMM 2018 Review

 

Jim reviews Summer NAMM 2018 in Nashville.

Summer NAMM 2018

Saturday wrapped up the last day for Summer NAMM 2018 in Nashville.  Which is always a great time and definitely worth going.  The event is a bit smaller than that of the main NAMM show in California, but since it’s in “Music City” or Nashville as many others know it as a thing to behold.

Slick Audio was at Summer NAMM 2018 to introduce a new small form factor Audio Recording Computer.   The M570  called the “The Most Powerful Portable DAW Computer” and rightly so this computer sports a new 8th gen i7 Intel processor 16GB of RAM, and a 500GB M.2 SSD. It also has built-in Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RadeonRX Vega M GL Graphics, as well as dual Ethernet and mDP and HDMI video outs. The M570 also has lots of USB and an SDXC card slot.

The M570 got a lot of attention from the attendees and exhibitors alike.  This little beast was running a session that would put most full-sized computers to shame.  424 tracks, 520 active plugins, and 24 active virtual instruments.   Onlookers were shocked by the performance that this little PC was giving such a large session.  In attendance to the rollout were friends like Rick Naqvi from PreSonus . 

 

The booth saw some additional interest from a few bloggers and YouTube personalities that are known for their love of Music and music creation.  Like Glenn Fricker, Spectre Sound Studios who doesn’t need much in the way of introduction if you’ve seen him online he tells it the way it is.   We will have his review of the Slick Audio T2100   which is coming soon.

 SMG with slick audio Summer NAMM 2018

We also had some time with Chris Selm of Mix Down Online its always a great time with him and we look forward to seeing his review of our computers.  Below is a video he did with us at NAMM show floor.  Check out his review and video on his page Mix Down Online.

 

And a very fun time speaking with Shueh-li Ong of Oceanachine she discussed music education in schools and women in technology like audio production and recording Jim had some thoughts on this and other music technologies.

 

Summer NAMM is always a good time and worth seeing.

 

 

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New 2018 Audio PC Models by Slick Audio Considered ‘Apple Crushers’

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New 2018 Audio PC Models by Slick Audio Considered ‘Apple Crushers’ By Slick Audio April 27, 2018

Apple Crushers

Audio Recording PC (audio recording computer) maker Slick Audio.  Has designed a brand-new series of  DAW PC’s that are faster than ever. Jim Slick, the CEO, says “…these computers were designed from the to be ‘Apple Crushers’.  They will “Out-perform Apples fastest machines handily”.

White Haven, PA, December 14, 2017 –Slick Audio is a USA manufacturer that creates a line of Windows-based PC’s. Which are designed to capture and record digital audio for a wide range of applications; from the Professional Music Industry to Hollywood, Game Design, and PC’s for the home musician. Slick Audio’s mission is to produce the best audio recording PC possible. To simply get the best sound, performance, and stability when recording digital audio.

Super Small Audio Computers

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The M560 and M570, super-small audio computers with Gen 7 2-core and Gen 8 4-Core processors. They pack one heck of a punch for box’s this small. Up to 32GB of RAM, Up to 2TB SSD for the OS, and up to 2TB SSD for audio. Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet with multiple video outs and native Thunderbolt 3. Tight on space? This is your machine.

Thunderbolt 3 Audio Recording Computer

The 2100 series, the successor to the super popular 2000 series, is sporting the new 8th Generation Intel 6-Core i5’s and i7’s. With up to 64GB of RAM, native Thunderbolt 3, and up to five hard drives, consisting of 525GB, 1TB, and 2TB SSD and up to 12TB SATA drives in any combination the buyer wants.

The 4100 series is a DAW recording computer, which is the successor to the super-fast 4000 series, is sporting the new 8th Generation Intel Extreme processors, the base being an i9x 10-Core monster. With up to 128GB of RAM, native Thunderbolt 3, and up to six hard drives, consisting of 525GB, 1TB, and 2TB SSD and up to 12TB SATA drives in any combination the buyer wants.

13 15 or 17-inch Audio Recording Laptops

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A new entire line of Audio DAW laptop computers that rival the best desktops. There is one 13”, two 15” and two 17” models. The L1300 13” is a very powerful laptop for those needing Thunderbolt 3 in a small footprint. L1500 15” is a base laptop catering to the average user. The L1550 is a 15” full desktop-replacement laptop with Thunderbolt 3 and up to four SSD’s that can power well over 1000 tracks. The L1700 17.3” is a Thunderbolt 3 enabled laptop with up to three SSD’s for the average user. Lastly, the new L1750 17.3” is a full desktop replacement with Thunderbolt 3 and up to four SSD’s that can power well over 1000 tracks.

Windows-based Audio Recording PC’s

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For more information about Slick Audio and the high-performance audio recording PC’s that they make, please visit Slick Audio at www.Slick.Audio or purchase them directly from their store at store.Slick.Audio. About Slick Audio Slick Audio is a custom PC manufacturer headquartered in White Haven, Pennsylvania. It manufactures Windows-based Audio Recording PC’s.

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Customer Testimonials

Slick Audio became the main core of my studio.

Alex Argento’s kind words about our Slick Audio T4100 computer.

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Two months ago this monster pc by Slick Audio became the main core of my studio.
Jim Slick, President/CEO of this company was extremely kind to send me their flagship model, the T4100 (a bit customized to fit my needs)
I wanted to test it very carefully before giving an honest opinion about it.
I did my best trying to stress this pc in every fu**ing way (both with audio and video applications) to push it to its limits…I’ve poorly failed!
Every time it’s like it’s telling me:” Come on! That’s all you’ve got??”
The secret behind this powerful pc is not only related to the hi-quality components inside of it (which of course play their part) but the way the operating system was perfectly configured and optimized for audio and video applications.
I’m extremely impressed, really.

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Feel free to check the following video made by Jim itself where he explains what the T4100 can really do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZo2cvxbPhA

Jim is a very down to earth guy and extremely helpful to answer all your questions about the audio/video pc world and more. Feel free to get in touch with him.  Last but not least he is a hard Icefish fan..what could I ask for more? 
Jim, thanks a billion again for wanting to support me and Icefish. YOU ARE THE MAN!

His post on Facebook is below, check it out.

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Slick Audio | 570-371-5800 | Pro Audio Recording Computers

DAW Computers

Did you ever want to create and record your own music, but you don’t know where or how to get started?  manufacturing Pro Audio Recording Computers and Home Studio Recording Computers are what Slick Audio does.  And we do it well that is why we make the “The Ultimate Audio PC“.

Many people don’t realize that top recording artists like Adam Young of Owl City (and countless others) have created award-winning music recorded from their own homes on DAW’s.  SlickAudio-Tower - Final-Cropped

Slick Audio from Slick Cyber Systems can get you everything you need to complete your recording system. It doesn’t matter how big or small, whether you are playing in your bedroom, at the club, at worship services or working in a full Pro Studio. Slick Audio has the Digital Audio Workstation Computers, DAW software, plugins, microphone pre-amps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, and control surfaces for you.

Slick Audio began out of a serious passion for the music industry, over 33 years of professional musicianship, 20+ years using and designing DAW’s, and coupled with more than 31 years of professional IT experience and knowledge.   Slick Audio DAW’s Computers (Digital Audio Workstations) are the best computer systems for today’s Pro or Home Studio needs.  With years of Information Technology and music industry experience, Slick Audio custom designed a line of Digital Audio Workstations to be unmatched in Performance by any other manufacturer.  All this backed by an available full 3-year warranty!  No other DAW brand has this.  We are constantly researching and developing the best and most reliable computer technologies on the planet. Our long history of large computer installs, SAN technology, and superior backup strategies sets the benchmark for what an audio recording computer manufacturer should be.

Slick Audio sets a whole new industry standard for performance and reliability with Audio Computer systems tailored for Pro Audio, Music Creation, Audio Recording, Recording Music, Audio for Gaming and Post Production needs.

Slick Audio DAW’s are:

  • Custom engineered audio recording computers designed specifically for your needs as a pro commercial recording studio, home recording studio, or post-production facility.SlickAudio-Rack-FinalCropped
  • We offer optional ready-to-use, turn-key audio recording computer, with such DAW software as Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, and Nuendo as well as many other brands and countless plugins.
  • Each system is thoroughly tested and burned-in for out of the box reliability.
  • We also offer hardware interfaces, control surfaces, microphones, and much more.
  • Each of our audio recording computers is engineered and assembled with the highest standards.
  • All of our DAW’s are extremely reliable with rock-solid up-time with an available 3-year warranty. No other manufacturer offers this kind of warranty.
  • We also offer RAID in our higher-end systems which protects against hard disk failure, thus, eliminating downtime.SlickAudio-Rack-7 - Cropped
  • Our rack systems offer hot-swap hard drives, allowing you to replace a failed hard drive without having to open the case.

So what is a DAW Computer?

Simply stated, a “DAW Computer” is a computer that records audio.

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So what makes up a DAW recording system?

At the heart of the system are powerful computers and a digital audio interface which allows the recording of instruments or voice from mics and instruments that is all controlled and manipulated by a wide array of software allowing for the true creativity of the artist to shine through.

Why would I want one these in my studio?

DAW computers are used on over 98% of the studio’s worldwide. They make music creation, audio recording, game audio, and production much easier than it was back in the ‘tape deck’ world. You can access a song, or part of a song, instantly and create as many tracks as your system can handle (the more powerful the system, the more tracks it can record and playback). You can mix this technology with older analog gear, newer digital gear (both referred to as outboard gear), or, mix completely ‘in the box’ where all processing is done inside the DAW by plugins. In the end, you end up with a studio that is much easier to use, consumes less power, and takes far less time to produce professional results.

Why Choose Slick Audio?

  • Professionalism
  • The Best Customer Service in the Industry.
  • Superior Knowledge of Pro Audio and Computers
  • Exceptional Service
  • Unmatched Support
  • Available 3-year warranty

With our vast IT and musical experience, and an excellent reputation, we know how to build recording studios and record audio.  Whether its music or a business commercial, capturing the right audio moment is what Slick Audio is all about.  We make the absolute best DAW’s on the planet.  Contact us today at (570) 371-5800 or fill out the form below for a quote.

Click here for a list of our audio recording computers.

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What DAW Software Should I Use?

DAW Software Questions

DAW Software

What DAW software should I use?  We get questions from time to time about DAW software and if we could make some recommendations on what is the best DAW software for my needs?  So we thought that we would  share a question from Jakub Baranowski

How to Record Beats

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Hi Jim! You probably try out many, if not every DAW on the market. Could you recommend one or two DAW’s which are absolutely for all applications? I mean recording, mixing, mastering, producing, beat making? There’s a lot of articles about this and most of them say – if your recording and mixing go for Pro Tools and if you wanna Record Beats then maybe Ableton or FL Studio… blah blah blah But what if you wanna make ALL of those things in one DAW?? Is it possible?

How Many HDD/SSD Should A DAW Have

And my second question is: “How many HDD/SSD should have a typical DAW computer? I heard that you must have separate disks for OS/DAW, samples, projects, sounds libraries, etc. How it should be installed and use to get the speed, stability, etc. during work on DAW computer? Could you explain this topic more?”

Thanks in advance for answers and thanks for your great videos! It’s a mine of knowledge!

 

Jim took a moment to answer his question.  Jakub, there are some options out there not great meaning that although some of the DAW software can do these functions.

DAW Software

Cubase, Nuendo, Studio One 3, even Pro Tools are the best option for recording, but mastering and making beats.  Although each of these software suites can do these tasks via virtual instruments they are not the best options.  Software like FL Studios was created for making beats and is very good at it.  While Wavelab is the best way to do the mastering of audio.  So pick the DAW software you know and like and use these other programs to fill and give you great beats or audio mastering.

If you still have questions, please call us at 570-371-5800

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Best CPU for Recording Audio

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Music Recording Processors

Jim, of Slick Audio, took a moment to review processors and how they could impact your recording sessions.  He discussed Intel’s current generation of i7x processors “CPU’s”.  And why Slick Audio decided to incorporate the i7 and i9 into the current line up of Slick Audio’s audio recording computers.

CPU for recording audio – Processors for recording

Speed is a big piece no one likes using a computer that is slow.  Am I right it’s painful and even stressful to sit and wait for the computer to respond or load.   Let alone try to make something creative like a song or record some music.   So it’s key to ensure that the CPU or processors are taken into consideration when building a computer for recording audio.

CPU Processor Size Matters

Jim has mentioned in a few other posts and videos (like the Ultimate Audio PC) that when you are getting a computer for recording audio.  Its so important to size this computer correctly and knowing how you intend on using it will ensure that the proper computer is configured to your needs.  The i7x is a great processor to start off with because it has a great mix of speed, power, and ability.  This CPU could work well for many people looking to record audio.  Many pro studios utilize this processor for their needs and it works just fine.  But when you get into lots of virtual instruments, plugins, and other effects then you would want to consider using an i9 processor instead.

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The i9 Processor

In other videos and the video attached below, Jim also discussed the current i9x processor by Intel and the fantastic results we are getting in extreme computers like the 4100 series computer we offer.   The i9x is definitely the processor you want if you regularly run larger projects, lots of plugins and virtual instruments all active (not frozen).

So what’s the Best CPU for Recording Audio

Jim, made a video below where he discusses his thoughts on what the best CPU or processor for recording audio is.   After watching give us your thoughts or questions what the best CPU would be and why?

 

 

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Understanding the Signal Chain and Computers in Home and Project Studios

Computers in Home and Project Studios

Computers for home and project studios

Understanding the Signal Chain: And Computers in Home or Project Recording Studios

Slick Audio will be giving a presentation on Understanding the Signal Chain and Computers in Home and Project Studios.  This presentation will be at the first joint AES  (Audio Engineering Society) and NAMM (North American Music Merchants) event. Which is a new collaborative alliance which will integrate pro audio educational training activities related to live sound, performance audio, recording technology, and other topics into The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California.

Slick Audio can be also found on the convention room floor during the duration of the trade-show.  Below are the details if you are interested in attending NAMM.

NAMM 2018 Booth# 12125

Sunday, January 28 — 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

El Capitan (Level 4)

Home Studio?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an IT person on staff—someone who knows audio every time you had a question about signal flow in your home studio, or when your computer seems to take over and leave you in the dust? We can’t promise you that, but in this session, studio IT wizard Jim Slick, CEO of Slick Audio, will explain how audio and IT can co-exist peacefully, answer your nagging digital questions, and show you common problems and fixes to make your recording system run smoother and happier.   Check out NAMM for more details  https://www.namm.org/nammu/understanding-signal-chain-and-computers-home-and

 

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Track Versioning vs Multi Tracks – Slick Audio

DAW WorkFlow Tricks

Jim, from Slick Audio, discusses a DAW trick dare I say, or maybe a workflow and why and when you might want to use track versioning or take the step to turn each of these new versions actually into new tracks of their own.   Maybe a few of you out there already do this if you do tell us more about how you do it.   But for those who are not certain about what I am talking about.   You are essentially making a new version of the piece you are creating and turn it into a stand-alone track.   Seeing is believing so review the video below as Jim helps you understand why you’d want to record multiple tracks or multiple versions. What’s the difference and how you can make the most of your recording time.

 

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Optimizing Windows to Record Audio

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How to Optimize Windows to Record Audio

Tips and Tricks to try when Optimizing Windows to Record Audio and create audio with professional results.  Yes, you heard me correctly.   I also know there will be more than a few grumblings in the audio community when I say this but “No Mac is Needed to Record Pro Audio. ”  Windows can do it all. ( More on Mac vs PC )

A little background on my prior statements.  While early attempts at using PC’s to record audio were anything but stellar, that was mainly because those who tried did not always purchase a computer with the intent to get the best performance and lowest possible latency for recording audio.  Thereby giving the perception that Windows & PC was not right for audio.

Well, that was then, and now companies like Slick Audio have designed computers or PCs specifically for recording audio. Yes, you read that correctly, Slick Audio actually has a wide array of computers (Yes Windows Computers) that are not just capable of running whatever your favorite DAW software is and doing it with ease.  They are in fact crushing the “Myth of the Mac.” That only Mac’s could be used for audio creation.  This is not just the feelings of Slick Audio, the DAW makers are already running on Windows and have been for quite some time.  Which should tell you something. (Why Mac for audio is BS)

But maybe you are not yet in the market for one of Slick Audio’s Computers, which are rightly called The Ultimate Audio PC.  So what can a budget conscious musician with a PC do until then?

Slick Audio has put together a few tips and tricks that can help you make your current PC a bit better to record your audio projects.

Windows Audio Tweaks

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Since your PC is the centerpiece of your recording studio. Let’s give it speed and performance boost by following a few steps.

Skip the antivirus software.  (Wait, What?) Audio software like DAW’s, virtual instruments & plugins can resource hogs that can cripple a computer and cause unwanted downtime. Ideally, you shouldn’t even have anti-virus software on your DAW. Remember even when it’s “off“, it’s still running in the background, and taking up RAM. (So, Skip the Antivirus).

Say NO to Wireless LAN adapters truly they are more problematic than wired ones and should be disabled completely. (I know wires are a pain, but trust us it’s worth it) Don’t Just “Disconnect from The Network” instead find them and disable them.

Disable power-saving features in the computer’s CMOS/UEFI. This must be accessed in the boot menu and varies from system to system.

The following tweaks are a good place to start. These tweaks are for Windows 10 but many of these will work with Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.

*Be sure to backup before optimizing your system.  

 

Adjust the PC for high performance

The CPU may be running at full speed all of the time:

  1. Go to: Control Panel>Power Options
  2. Choose “High Performance”
  3. Then click the “Change plan settings” button. Make sure both power options are set to “Never”.

 

Disable system sounds

System notification sounds can interrupt audio so it’s important to disable them:

  1. Go to control panel and select “Sound”
  2. Go to the sounds tab
  3. Under sounds scheme, select “No sounds”
  4. Click “Apply” then, “OK”

 

Disable User Account Control (UAC)

This helps alleviate and prevent installation and registration issues. To disable UAC, click the start button. In the Search Box type UAC and press ENTER.

In the UAC window, slide the slider down to ‘never notify’ and press OK

 

System Restore and Indexing

  1. Start/Control Panel/System and Security/System
  2. Choose System Protection (on left)
  3. Choose Continue (if UAC is active)
  4. Select System Protection Tab (should be there already)
  5. Select a hard drive listed under “Protection” that has “On” in the column
  6. Select the Configure button
  7. Select the “Turn off system protection” radio button
  8. Drag the “Max Usage” slider all the way to the left to 1%
  9. Select the Delete button to trash current backups
  10. Select the Ok button to apply the settings (you may get several warning dialogs that you have too little space allocated or that you are deleting old restore points.) You can now disable the Windows Search Feature:

 

With the default Category Control Panel:

  1. Go to Start/Control Panel/Programs
  2. Select “Turn Windows Features on or off”
  3. Scroll down to Windows Search and uncheck it
  4. Select the Ok button to close the panel

 

Remote Assistance / Remote Desktop

  1. Go to Start/Control Panel/System and Security
  2. Choose System
  3. Choose Remote settings (on the left side)
  4. Select the Continue button (if UAC is active)
  5. Uncheck “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer ” option
  6. Check the “Don’t allow connections to this computer” option
  7. Select the Ok button to apply the settings

Power Options

Go to: Control Panel>Power Options

Choose “High Performance”

Then click the “Change Plan Settings” button. Make sure both power options are set to “Never”

  1. Go to control panel and select “Sound”
  2. Go to the sounds tab
  3. Under sounds scheme, select “No sounds”
  4. Click “Apply” then, “OK”
  5. Go to the Playback Tab
  6. Select your device and click Properties.
  7. Within Properties, Go to the Advanced tab.
  8. Uncheck the two boxes under Exclusive Mode.
  9. Do this for all devices under the Playback and Recording tabs in Sound Settings.

 

Processor Scheduling

In control panel select “system”

Go to “Advanced system settings” and then the “Advanced” tab

Click on “Settings.” under Performance to bring up the “Performance Options” window.

Go to the “Advanced” tab and set processor scheduling as “Background Services”

Click “Apply” then “OK”

Disable Windows Firewall, anti-virus and spyware software

These should all be disabled to ensure that no interferences occur during audio recording or playback and to ensure that maximum resources are available. To remain secure while your firewall and antivirus disabled, it is advisable to temporarily disconnect from any internet connections when working with audio. This will also make sure that no network adapters are conflicting with any audio.

Disable Visual effects

The visual features in Windows 10 can use resources that could otherwise help to improve audio performance. As a start, it is a good idea to disable some of the visual features by doing the following:

Bring back up the “Performance Options” window by following step 3 above and clicking on the “Visual Effects” tab and selecting “custom”.

Untick: “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” to help prevent glitches when minimizing and maximizing. You can also experiment with disabling other visual effects in the custom list to see how they improve audio performance.

Once finished, press “OK”

Disable USB Power Management

This helps prevent power issues with devices that are powered by USB.

  1. Open Control Panel, then click on Device Manager.
  2. Open the Universal Serial Bus Controllers menu.
  3. Right click on the USB Root Hub in the menu and choose Properties
  4. Go to the Power Management tab and un-check the box to ‘allow the computer to turn off’
  5. Repeat this for each of the USB Root Hub’s that show up in device manager

 

Enabling Write Cache

  1. This helps alleviate poor hard drive performance. In Device Manager open the Disk Drives menu.
  2. For all of your hard drives, right click on the drive name and select Properties
  3. Go to the Policies tab and check the boxes to “Enable write caching” and “Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing”

(For external hard drives, change the option from “optimize for quick removal” to “optimize for performance”)

(For internal drives, make sure “enable write caching” and “turn of Windows write-cache buffering” are both checked.

For external drives, just check “better performance” is selected

BIOS

Every computer has a BIOS and it’s important to make sure yours is up to date. Check with the manufacturer to ensure you have the latest and greatest firmware update. Once inside your computers BIOS, look for “Intel Speedstep”, EIST, or “AMD Cool n’ Quiet”, and disable it. These tend to downshift your CPU clock cycles to conserve electricity and can interfere with DAW processes on a PC and can degrade performance.

 

Game Audio creators, did you know we make computers for recording audio for game audio producers?  We do check out some more info here.

 

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