Quiet Computers or Quiet PCs for Music Production

 (Updated 1/25/22)

Hey, folks Jim from Slick Audio how is everybody doing? Today we are talking today in 2022 about Quiet Computers or Quiet PCs. Very specifically let us just get into the various types of audio PCs. Laptops, rack mounts, Towers PC’s or Desktop, and Micros or Minicomputers.

Why do I need a Quiet PC?

There are many considerations that go into making a quiet computer including power consumption, noise from hard drives or fans, heat generation, etc. These considerations are taken into account by the manufacturers who design these PCs and laptops to meet a variety of needs.

The use cases for ultra-quiet computers range from home audio production to professional audio recording studios. They provide a more immersive experience for those working in audio production because it has fewer distractions from other noises in the

Audio Recording Laptops

So, I will start with laptops you are packing a lot of horsepower into a real thin small, teeny tiny so-called light chassis. With that, you got to cool it off.  I mean these are electronic devices that get hot.  So, there are fans on the laptop. The fans are going to be loud because they have to be small in order to fit inside the case. So, if you wind the computer up and start running it at high rpm, high horsepower right then the fans are going to kick on. It’s inevitable they’re not dead quiet. There is no such thing as a dead quiet laptop. Anybody who tells you there is, well they are lying. That does not mean ours are loud, or anybody else’s is necessarily loud. Some are a little louder than others depending on the video card that is in there. We downsize our video cards because it’s not a gaming machine it’s a true audio recording machine, therefore.  So anyways there are fans.

Let’s talk Rack Computer Systems.

Next, I am just going to move right on. Let us talk about racks.  Rack systems we are cramming a lot into a small fairly 4u case. You can’t fit liquid coolers in those things. There are a couple of cases out there that we could procure that cost a bloody fortune. And uh and we could end up with you know a case and potentially a liquid cooler honestly. From all the testing that I’ve done it just doesn’t work well. It’s too restricted you’ve got your sides restricted. Your top and bottom are restricted inside of a rack and that leaves the front in the back well that is great.

If you could put the cooler you know flat along the front of the back, you can’t it’s just not the way racks work so that being said rack systems uh are air-cooled only. We use some of the best coolers made.  And they are extremely quiet the problem is we you know in a passive what they call passive cooler fan right.  A fan heatsinks passive cooler passive cooling system.  We can’t cool off some of the real high horsepower components like in our 4000 series computers.  It’s just way too much heat to be able to dissipate properly and get the performance that I expect out of our own machines.  So that being the case we no longer make a 4 series rack unit.  We do make the 2000 series rack units and they work phenomenally with the passive coolers in them.  So that would be your k series processors.  Shop Now

Audio recording desktop computer 

If you will, let’s move along to towers my favorites.  Just because you’ve got a lot of air you got a lot of room you’ve got a lot of sound-absorbing material that we have in it. so, they are very very quiet, That doesn’t mean that it will never ever ever get noisy at all.  If you start winding it up, you are going to get some air noise going from front to back from all you know from the fans that are in there. However even when they’re running like crazy it’s still fairly quiet um but when that thing calms down, you’re under normal.   I’ll call it normal use.  It’s very difficult to hear. You can hear it but it is very difficult to hear here again no such thing as a perfectly quiet right that’s the towers. Shop Now

Micro Recording Computers

Now we make a micro our M590 which is uh out now the 11th gen microcomputer. So you know we’ve got a little 4×4 box. I’ll call it a puck if you will.  But it’s not round it’s square, and the thing is there is a fan in there.  In our older machines, the CPUs did not run as hot because of the CPU difference, we could do passive cooling.  But now it’s just it’s impossible.

We have i5s in them and the fans will kick on to cool them. But for the most part, our M590 is an extremely quiet machine.

We also have our new series that is going to be coming out as soon as the last of the parts come in.  We’ve been waiting patiently for several months now.  But it’s gonna be a micro tower and that is our M1300 or sorry T1300 my bad.  That’s going to be a wicked little machine that actually uses the same liquid cooling as the big guy does as the T2300, now the T2400.  So, they are extremely quiet not quite as quiet like the big towers but darn stinking close.  So that wraps up cooling.

Liquid Cooling Computers

We have liquid cooling passive cooling.  We know we have passive cooling in all the machines except for the towers.  The two sets of towers that have liquid cooling obviously are way quieter near dead quiet but they’re not dead quiet no such thing.  Again anybody tells you that they that anything will be especially when you’re doing audio or and or video.  And you’re starting to really work the machine you’re going to have heat dissipation you have to cool it off.   So hope that helps everybody and we’ll talk to you all in another video another day cheers.  Shop Now


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