Quiet PC and Silent Computers
Specializing in quiet PC and silent computers for recording audio is what Slick Audio does. Slick Audio recording computers are known in the recording industry as the Ultimate Audio PC and for good reason. Slick Audio computers are unsurpassed in quality, innovation, and engineering. They are purpose-built computers designed to record audio.
Our computers which come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, designs are made for the purpose of making the best audio possible. Regardless of the audio, you are recording we make a Computer for your needs.
Music production computer, we got them. Live audio recording computers, yes we got them. Computers for recording game audio, we have them too. Well, what about Quite laptop computers for recording my first album from my small studio apartment. Don’t tell anyone but yes. We have computers that you can put into a small room like your bedroom, record your first album. You can even score a major motion film that’s sure to win the Oscar for best soundtrack in a film.
Silent PC – Fanless and Quiet PCs
Jim gives you his thoughts on Silent PC’s, Quiet PC’s, and fanless computers in a recent video. We are recording audio we want quiet PC’s that is the bottom line. So let’s talk about form factors and how that affects computer noise.
With all computers or technology, there always comes a price for power. Meaning that the more powerful the computer the CPU or Graphics Card you have on your computer the more it can do but this comes at a cost. The cost for the more powerful computer is heat dissipation.
Rack Style Computers
First, there are Rack computer systems which are not overly quite do for several reasons. They are difficult to cool effectively since there’s not much room to add quiet cooling options like liquid cooling. Also, do to the shape of the computer case which can cause standing waves and odd sound reflections (Think of an acoustically tuned room). Most studios keep these rack style computers in equipment rooms so noise isn’t much of an issue.
Tower Computers or Desktop Computers
Next is tower style computers, think PC or desktop computer. In our opinion, they are really the best option for several reasons.
- We can liquid cool the CPU’s which is a much quieter way of cooling.
- Larger blade fans that run at lower RPM’s (revolutions per minute). Less buffeting of the air and oscillation which is one of the major sounds of a fan.
- Better sound absorbing insulation in the case.
- Cases that are not perfectly square eliminating standing waves.
As some fan noise is to be expected, running a computer at almost 100% CPU utilization will cause the fans to struggle to keep the computer cool and will run load and fast. Do not do this because computers running too hot and improperly cooled will fail.
Laptops and Tablet Computers
We offer two types of laptops. First a traditional style, a small thin light mobile laptop. Running CPU’s designed to get the best battery life and are meant to record like 30 -50 tracks with some plugins. The person who would use a DAW computer like this would be someone who records live sound like maybe a band at a gig or personal need with small track counts.
The second would be desktop replacement computers running the same CPU and graphics card that would be in a desktop computer (meaning they are mobile but replace the need for a desktop computer). They have very fast CPU’s, bigger screens, more power and can be a bit larger in sizes like 14, 15,or 17 inches in size. These larger laptops can if they are running full utilization can get a bit noisy, because of the fans cooling off these larger, more powerful components. Which is to be expected when putting all that power in the small size of a laptop computer.
Other Audio PC’s | Small Form Factor Audio Recording Computers
We also have a line of small size computers. These computers are designed to be used in areas that are limited on space but still need to run DAW software. Think of tour buses, hotel rooms, etc. Anywhere you want to have a computer but don’t have the space to put one or the need for a laptop or desktop computer.
We offer multiple models with a few outputs all the way through a lot of input and outputs like our M500, M550, M560, or M570 audio recording computers. They are smaller, quiet and great for the tour bus or bedroom audio recording or working on small projects.
Jim recorded a video regarding Quiet PC, Silent Computers, and Quiet computer for recording audio.