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Replacing my studio PC which died a horrible death at my own hand...lol

Looking for a company like ADK in the States thats Canadian and in tune with the needs of DAW users...especially Pro Tools (the finicky beast that it is) and Cubase Pro 9.

MusicXPC's site seems outdated now by whats on it so I'm guessing their not active anymore.

Dont posses the requiste skills to build myself so... ;)

Thanks to any who may have an opinion!
 

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Oh, I didn't know there were shops specialised in music pc.
Is any computer shop can't do that for you?
I guess you need to find a tech that is also a music gearhead!;)
 

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Oh, I didn't know there were shops specialised in music pc.
Is any computer shop can't do that for you?
I guess you need to find a tech that is also a music gearhead!;)
My last PC came from ADK in the States and they even loaded and tested Pro Tools for me.
Its a case of knowing all the particular components and OS tweaks to the 'enth nerdy degree.
My last one ran flawlessly for 6 years without a single crash with Pro Tools....quite a feat.

I likely pay a bit more but the piece of mind is comforting.

Its also why a lot of folks went Mac...used to be easy to just get the latest Mac and you would be good to go...but even those days seem gone.
I'm a PC guy and there are so many variables and choices that I need someone far more dedicated than I to learn them all...lol
 

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The system tweaks are overblown (maybe not for Pro Tools which I do not use and gather is more finicky). The main considerations are how quiet the thing is as regards fan noise etc.

There was at least one local company (Toronto) that did this but I can't recall their name right now. I never got one from them; have been building my own. Google is your friend.
 
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There was a company in Ottawa that was doing it as well, but I have not seen any of their ads on Kijiji for some time. They were on Bank Street...
 

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Saved By Technology have quite a selection of Music XPC computers listed on their site.
 

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The system tweaks are overblown (maybe not for Pro Tools which I do not use and gather is more finicky). The main considerations are how quiet the thing is as regards fan noise etc.

There was at least one local company (Toronto) that did this but I can't recall their name right now. I never got one from them; have been building my own. Google is your friend.
The fan,video card compatibility and a whole host of other details are what I mean by tweaks ;)
The Google wasn't very helpful on this one that's why I posted here....
The search continues ;)
 

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Saved By Technology have quite a selection of Music XPC computers listed on their site.
Forgot about Saved By....Thanks...will check it out....Music XPC s site is still showing Firewire 400 as the "next big thing" lol....
 

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Would you be using the computer exclusively for music? Ie: not connected to the internet? I've been very slowly getting into recording with GB on my Mac, but it's the family computer. I read elsewhere that a computer dedicated to a DAW shouldn't be running other business like the Internet and email etc. Not sure why though. And I thought that Apple was the computer of choice for a DAW? I didn't realize that a customized PC was an option.
 
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You can, just sometimes programs, constant upgrades, the internet etc. can introduce glitches in the recording side as well as bog down the computer with unnecessary services, drivers etc.. So a recording only box gives you maximum tracks and processing with minimum issues.

I have an i7 I use for everything, but my demands on the music side are not that taxing yet.

You can use 2 hard drives (preferably solid state) for dual booting C drive, and keep one for music. So when you want to record, reboot into the music only drive.
 

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Why not go back to ADK? I am guessing exchange rate....
They have already quoted a killer new system but yes...the exchange rate is ugly right now....just a look around (like last time) as I rather buy Canadian for a bunch of reasons.
 

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Why not go back to ADK? I am guessing exchange rate....
They have already quoted a killer new system but yes...the exchange rate is ugly right now....just a look around (like last time) as I rather buy Canadian for a bunch of reasons.
 

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Would you be using the computer exclusively for music? Ie: not connected to the internet? I've been very slowly getting into recording with GB on my Mac, but it's the family computer. I read elsewhere that a computer dedicated to a DAW shouldn't be running other business like the Internet and email etc. Not sure why though. And I thought that Apple was the computer of choice for a DAW? I didn't realize that a customized PC was an option.
Apple used to be...and for many still is.
Just finshed reading several articles at Pro Tools Expert about why even they are ditching their Macs...and how Apple is moving away from "studio applications" by focusing more on "consumer" needs....which is clearly the bigger market.
Look at the I/O on the new MacBook Pro...

I've been recording in PT for 15 years and always on custom built PCs...my 1st was a Music XPC (Canadian company) through L&M it was a P4 that was out grown....then my recently deceased ADK build....flawless machine....now this one....

I also use Cubase Pro 9 which (arguably) works better on PC.
So many Pr Tools guys are on Macs as Pro Tools was Mac only for the longest time....we are creatures of habit.....we like what we know ;)
 

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Could someone please comment on this. I'm doing the same thing. Thanks.
Its always been a rule of thumb to keep your recording machine off The Google ;)
I dont ever have WiFi in my machines....just an Ethernet cable I can plug in when I need to update any of the software.
There are lots of tweaks and optimizations for both platforms....some great some perhaps overkill but I tend to adhere as much as I can but sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise.
I have the luxury of being able to afford a separate machine so I can tow that line....but if you cant I wouldnt sweat it too much...learn how to keep the "family" as cleaned up as possible and make some music ;)
What Player99 said above is spot on as well.
Background tasks can be turned of and/of turn off the WiFi when recording.
Automatic updates is a Daw killer too...
Lots of info out there on this but don't let it scare you off
 
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