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.
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 “TheUltimate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Best Customer Service in the Industry.
Superior Knowledge of Pro Audio and Computers
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.
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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)
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
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.
Slick Audio manufactures what many in the music and audio industry know as The Ultimate Audio PC. Because Slick Audio computers are designed for the pro audio, music production, and audio recording markets. These are not off the shelf computers that you can go to your local electronics store and pick up a box and hope it works for your software and particular needs. Slick Audio designs our computers for audio recording and audio production. Regardless of the size of the largest studio, all the way down to a small bedroom or garage studios. Slick Audio makes audio recording computers for all your needs.
Pro Audio Recording Computers
Slick Audio computers run Windows-based DAW (digital audio workstation) software. Jim Slick President & CEO said, “Our computers are Pro level computers designed to provide you the best performance, I/O or throughput of audio and performance possible. We ensure each of the components is best suited for use in audio production, audio creation, and audio recording.”
Jim went on to say, “Slick Audio’s computers come in all shapes and sizes, from laptop computers, tower computers, rack-mountable computers to specialized audio production computers. We design each of our computers with exacting specifications to make recording audio easy for you.”
Jim elaborated, “Why should a musician have to try to figure out if this CPU will work with this motherboard and what I/O ports like Thunderbolt 2.0 or Thunderbolt 3.0 will work?”
We can even help make recommendations if you need help picking software, plugin’s, virtual instruments or any interfaces to get the audio into the computer. One of our engineers can help you pick one that will best suit your needs.”
“Slick Audio even has a program to help musical instrument retailers & local music stores, who typically focus on selling musical instruments. They have the ability to offer recording computers for their customers. If you have questions we have answers to help you. That’s why we are certain that anyone who needs to create or produce audio will also agree that Slick Audio Computers are The Ultimate Audio PC’s.”
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?
Slick Audio has got you covered with the Smallest DAW Computer (audio recording computer) imaginable. Slick Audio makers of The best computers for recording music. For the home or any pro, the studio has made a-line of Ultra-Compact PC’s for recording audio and the M560 is the smallest in the ultra-compact computer category.
Slick Audio designed line-of DAW computers for audio production with small spaces in mind. These small form factor computers might not take up much space on your desk. But they will impress you with the amount of power they have for recording your projects on your favorite DAW software.
This Tiny PC is powerful and made for anyone that needs to Record audio but needs a small computer.
Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. You can lay multiple tracks, Virtual Instruments, and plugins with this little beast. The M560 is about the size of a few CD’s stacked up. It contains only one small fan and its extremely quiet. Perfect for a Bedroom, tour bus, or dressing room, where space is at a premium. There are no expansion slots on this because of its size, but, it kicks one heck of a punch for a box this small. Comes standard with an Intel i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 525GB M.2 SSD. It also has built-in Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics, as well as Ethernet and HDMI video outs. The M560 also has two USB 3.0, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 and an SDXC card slot.
Discussing all things related to recording and creating audio. With 30+ years in Information Technology, and decades of being a professional musicianSlick Audio has the knowledge and expertise to provide guidance on recording audio and how to do it like the pros. Home Studios, for recording audio, are ever more available to amateur musician and the power of the internet can get you and your work noticed by the masses. A seasoned pro, well no worry we can easily handle all your pro audio needs. Will pro audio, gear, software, computer, interface, and everything a professional musician could ever want or need.
We hope to inform, inspire, and provide guidance from the perspective of musicians, that happen to be I.T. experts so you don’t have to be. Let us impart some wisdom, a few laughs and even a bit of frustration all in the pursuit of the best audio you can record. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for yourself, recording and producing a top-notch worship service, business commercials, game audio or for pro music recordings. Slick Says Blog is designed for helping the music community.
Who will benefit from our blog? Well anyone that wants to know more about recording audio or love technology. But a few that will find it particularly useful will be.
Now to the fun stuff below are a few topics we feel passionate about or feel are worthy of sharing so please feel free to join in an and give us your thoughts. But keep it friendly, remember it’s about the music, the song, or the love of music.
If you’re an audio professional and Windows user, then the Slick Audio 5000 series might be the ultimate machine. Jim Slick of Slick Audio has been in the IT business for 33 years and is also a musician with a home studio. This crossover of knowledge along with collaborations with other industry veterans led to the development of the 5000 series — a pair of super high spec PCs that are optimized for use in audio, video and various other demanding situations. Jim talked us through the specs at Summer NAMM. Full article.
Can I use a PC I purchase from a “Big Box” store to record audio for my DAW?
This is A question that seems to crop up a lot so we decided it was time to directly address it. Jim said that there are a few things each of us needs to know. First, the “Big Box” stores buy vast quantities of PC’s not just in an effort to save you money like you would when buying toilet paper.” They do this because the PC they get are often made with inferior components. The “Big Box Stores” Cheap PC’s are often not QC (tested) the same way that business (like Slick Audio PC’s) quality machine is. The Big Box stores are designed to run a few hours a week at best and designed for light use so don’t get them confused. So the life expectancy of these cheap PC’s can be as low as one year.
The Guy at the store said:
The other thing we hear a lot is But the guy at the computer store said! This is a comment we hear a lot, but don’t trust that guy at the computer store. Sure the “computer guy” understands computers, but chances are he doesn’t know about computer audio or what it takes to record audio on a computer. Business or gaming computers, well they are not designed to record audio and cannot give the performance that a Slick Audio recording computer will. We custom build computers for designing, creating, recording, making audio. They are simply the best.
Slick Audio PC’s a true business class PC / computers designed to run and just work as hard as you do. We design and engineer the computers to be the best, fastest computers and laptops for recording audio. We back our beliefs up with an available 3-year warranty* on our Tower or Rack PC’s. We know technology, we know music, we know how to make rock solid systems that will just make recording easy. Give us a call 570-371-5800 or visit us on the web www.slick.audio
Don’t buy your recording studio computer where you buy your toilet paper.
Don’t mix up gaming computers with audio recording computers.
Slick Audio knows computers, recording, making music and what it takes.
As president and CEO of Slick Audio I feel that this topic is something that is controversial having opponents and proponents, but we are going to talk about from a slightly different angle today. So you ask what it this topic? Well PC vs Mac. (I know I heard a few gasps here, but here I go).
PC or Mac
PC vs Mac. How did I say either of these words in the same sentence without bursting into flames? (Cue the eerie sounds). Seriously this is a topic that has gone on for far too long. Remember a computer regardless of PC or Mac, they are tools, machines if you will to get a job done.
DAW software and the DAW hardware are tools to get a job done. To make a song to have some fun to create something that you want to sell or use for your own appreciation. Again these are tools, giving you the ability to get the audio, the final product out to your customer who are paying for it. Or even if it’s free.
The bottom line is it’s about the song, not about the toys, the hardware, computers. Anybody who wants to make an argument that Mac is better than PC. Or that PC is better than Mac is unfortunately an idiot.
So let me explain a few differences to you as this may help you make a better choice. Be it good or bad.
It goes without saying we use PC here. Since we do IT for a living for over 30 years and the bottom line is this is being the PC platform is what we are comfortable with and that’s why we use it.
So once upon the time Mac used to rule the roost when it came to audio. It had Fire wire some interfaces were Fire wire. PC didn’t have Fire Wire. It wasn’t an option, but then PC got Fire wire and the option was available but they were pretty rough in the beginning for PC. Just being honest.
At the end of the day there are really two things that matter. Today Mac besides notebooks or Mac Book Air you are pretty limited to what devices you can connect up to that. Yes, you can connect a Thunderbolt device for one of those computers Some of the devices have Fire Wire, but they seem to be going away. Not to mention that notebooks are pretty limited as to what you can do. Limited hard drive, limited memory, so that it a portable option if you need to do something.
In the PC world we have USB which is on every PC on the planet. Yes, you are still limited to CPU, memory and the like. Those type of devices are lice if you’re doing portable recording. This is not a permanent solution and should not be considered to be a permanent solution.
So let’s talk about the bigger boxes for a moment. Mac used to make the Mac Pro, which was truly a great machine. Mac’s are the same bus structure as a PC, you could run Windows on a Mac and vice versa if configured and licensed properly.
So the techie stuff out of the way, the problem today is that they don’t make the Mac Pro anymore. Now they make what so many of us lovingly refer to as the “Trash Can” this cylindrical round thing and we are not certain why they made it like that. (they probably don’t have real reason either.)
Apple is a phone company
To us Apples market is very clear. They make iPhones, like millions upon millions of them and frankly this is where they are making their money today. So they spend their most time making these devices. So for us few audio folks that are around It’s obvious that since we are a niche market. They really don’t care. This is the reality of this decision and there is not much we can do about it.
We know that there are a bunch of studios out there still running Mac Pro’s that are 5 -6 years’ old (which you may be one of them). If you are you really need to start looking at some alternatives because the “trash Can” really can’t handle the multitudes of cards. Like for example if you’re a Pro Tools user. HDX and you need to run the three card option, well your out of luck in the Mac world.
The good news is in the PC world, specifically the Slick Audio world we can run them out any problem at all. We are working with companies like Avid to make boxes that do one thing. And that’s do audio and do it perfectly. More specialized if you will.
This is not a bash against Mac, as I have said before these are tools to get a job done. I know when I am doing a job like getting a song or other recording out to a customer or for myself I need the best tool I can use to get a job done. One that will get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible without losing data. I believe this is what you should be thinking about also. If you’re not, you should refocus yourself. 4
There is no PC vs Mac
Again to recap to dispel the myth and it is a myth There is no Mac Vs PC. Remember like I said before they are both boxes, and both computers and just tolls to get a job done. The more important thing to say is that if you consider yourself a real musician then you won’t care what platform you are running on. You will care about the audio you produce. Shhhhh don’t tell anyone but that’s how we make money.
Does slick Audio create computers for Game Audio creation?
Hey Game Audio Designers, Game Developers did you know that we make PC’s for your industry? If not well, I am happy to say we do. As the President & CEO of Slick Audio, I am proud to say that our machines although much bantered about in the music industry. We actually manufacture powerful computers that are fantastic for the gaming and video game development industry. I can say in fact that our machines are a really, really great choice for development and the game industry.
So we made our PC’s with the intent of being pushed hard to do powerful creative work. As not to get too technical, but our T4100 & R4100 computers the 4100 series is our newest, most powerful single processor audio PC. T standing for Tower Configuration and R standing for Rack Configuration. It is expandable to 128GB of RAM, six hard drives in either JBOD or any RAID support, choice of video cards (powerful for post-production work), and much more. The R4100 rack even has front-swap drives. These computers are serious tools for the job.
So if you doing audio for gaming they are fantastic machines, if your creating code for gaming they are defiantly a fantastic machine, for your needs. We stand behind our PC’s with 3 years of warranty no question asked. If you blow a drive, we will overnight you a new one (next business day) and you just send back the old one. If the PC needs to come back in, we guarantee to stand behind them with our warranty. You need only contact us and we will have you box them back up send them in and we will make the needed repair and get it back to you.
If you weren’t aware or we didn’t mention we make our PC’s are here in the USA, and we are proud of it. So take a look at what we have to offer, or feel free to call us with any questions that you might have 570-371-5800. We can be found online at www.slick.audio