Description

My project studio was overdue for computer upgrade. Been using primarily Apples the last 10 years, current machine isn't keeping up anymore, and instead of getting my hopes up for the next mac pro, I decided it was time to build a pc.

I still plan on using my macbook pro (2013) for live stuff and as a mobile workstation, but the CPU just can't handle the workload I was throwing at it stacking up tracks and plug-ins during music production. The threadripper has worked great on the new build so far, seems like there is plenty of headroom. And with ableton and a few other apps and browser running, I haven't had any major crashes or slowdowns really.

It's nice and quiet too. This was a big concern because I'll be doing recording live instruments in the same room. I was also worried that the big Noctua fan wasn't going to fit nicely but, everything worked out on the cooling part of it. I'll open up my laptop and it is 3x as loud as the pc is.

Overall, for a first build, I had no major problems getting it running. Just a few wiring hiccups, but now I've got the experience. But I did severely underestimate how much time I would have to spend installing software and plug-ins, (150+ that most require s/n activations), and tweaking everything.

Primarily running Ableton Live 10, Presonus Studio One 4, Adobe CC Suite, Steam

Tl;dr: Disgruntled mac user builds 1st PC and is very pleased with the results.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

As an audio production system, make sure nothing on your system has high DPC latency. It can cause dropped samples.

https://support.focusrite.com/hc/en-gb/articles/208360865-Troubleshooting-DPC-latency

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Way to torment OCD people! Missing one of the rubber corner covers on the Noctua fan!lol

Though that cooler is a beast when it comes to cooling threadripper CPUs. TR4 would not be the first platform I would ever pick for gaming but if audio production was your main use then TR4 has a valid spot here. Though no reason you can't game on your work PC right?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops! Good eye, now I wonder where that thing went haha. Agreed, might as well.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thant second slot where you have the gpu pluged in runs in 8x speed.Maybe go one lower as its 16x? Cheers

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops, yes you are correct. rookie mistake. Had to drop it down because of the size of the fan, but was unaware of this information til now. Didn't read enough manuals for the build i guess lol. Easy fix. Thanks!!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

aw yis

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, good job.

But oh, man, that home studio!!

[ looks away wistfully, then quickly back again at all of the goodies... ]

That desktop guitar pick holder ices the cake!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

How do you use the pair of monitors?

I've long used 2 side-by-side regular widescreen LCD for mixer-window and tracking-window displays, but i've been curious about taking one and rigging it in the vertical config, but not sure how it would help workflow w/ specific apps (im mostly an Ableton user, tho use Protools and Reason and other platforms for other needs).... wondering what benefits you get from it? I see how it could be cool for browsing web, but unsure what the real cool benefit is for music other than show tracking window with greater vertical depth. (more visible tracks at once)

Anyway, nice one. Sweet little studio.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I find myself using the vertical monitor in a number of ways, but I wouldn't say it's that life-changing. I mostly keep my audio interface control software over there, and usually below that is a file explorer window, or OBS when I'm messing around with video. With Ableton, you're right, you can have the arrangement view on the vertical and see more tracks, and have the session view as your mixer window on the main screen. Also it's cool to put the 'main window' of Ableton on the vertical so you can see more in the browser section and have more focus space on the main monitor. Probably less neck moving versus two horizontal monitors next to each other? Ha, I dig it though. Thanks again!