Sound For Games – Purchasing an Audio Production Workstation

Computer-

High Budget- 3XS X99 Carbon Extreme SLI – £3880.85

http://www.scan.co.uk/3xs/configurator/overclocked-custom-gaming-pc-uk-nvidia-sli-carbonextremesli?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=CKep9q3I0sUCFQUHwwod0DkAHw

Carbon-Extreme-SLI-Side 

The X99 Carbon Extreme SLI has the range topping 8-core Intel Core i7 5960X which is water-cooled and over clocked to 4.2GHz, however it has a pair of much more powerful 12GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X graphics cards running together in SLI for even greater performance. The default spec also includes 16GB of 2800MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR4, an Asus X99-A motherboard, a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD and a 2TB hard disk.

This would work wonders for many reasons and no matter what you are using it for, but it would work especially well when it comes to creating sound for games and using it in an audio workstation. One of which is that it would render and export the music much quicker compared to your standard computers, which will save much more time when it comes to making the music in the audio workstation.

 

 

Low Budget- Apple iMac – £899

http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/imac?product=MF883B/A&step=config

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The iMac would be a great computer to use at a audio workstation, its not the best computer out there, especially when compared to the high budget PC but it will get the job done, here is a list of some of the specs.

  • 4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000

The main point is that the iMac will get the job done and another good reason to get an iMac is not just the low budget prices but also the fact that it can run Logic Pro which is a very popular and good software to use and design your very own music as well as when it comes to editing the sounds/music.

Hard Disk Storage-

High Budget- WD RE SAS 4TB Internal Hard Drive – £230.99

http://www.ebuyer.com/429816-wd-re-sas-4tb-internal-hard-drive-wd4001fyyg?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&mkwid=HaJ7z56a_dc&pcrid=51508054739&gclid=CPbqib_N0sUCFWbKtAodRzUA9w

4tb hard disk storage

Western Digital WD4001FYYG RE Enterprise SAS hard drive combines a 32 MB cache with a SAS 6 Gb/s transfer rate and dual stage actuation for lightning-fast performance in demanding server and storage applications. Featuring technologically advanced acoustics to minimise noise, cool drive operation and enhanced reliability features to help protect the Western Digital WD4001FYYG RE hard drive and the data stored on it.

Hard Drive Statistics

  • Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Seek time: 5.5 ms avg
  • Cache: 32MB

Interface: SAS 6Gb/s (300MB/sec) NCQ

This would work great within the audio workstation mainly because I will be making so much musing that the hard disk storage would help out so much especially because its 4TB.

 

Low Budget- Toshiba Stor.E Plus 500GB HDD – £29.99

http://www.staples.co.uk/external-hard-drives/cbs/426980.html?price=incvat&cm_mmc=SEM_PLA-_-google-_-serp-pla&gclid=COr_4fjO0sUCFVHKtAodmEkAfA

 500gb hard disk storage

Store data securely on the new STOR.E SLIM external hard drives. Its elegant slim and lightweight design makes it a perfect travel companion

Max. transfer rate: 5.0 Gbs

Capacities: 500GB

Power: USB bus power (max. 900mA)

Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 5

Capacity: 500GB

Colour: Black

Weight: 0.17kg

This is really good hard disk storage for a low budget audio station mainly because of its value, its really cheap and has 500gb storage, which will be so useful when it comes to making my sounds.

 

 

 

DVS/Blue-Ray Recorder-

High Budget- Panasonic DMRBWT740EB BluRay Recorder -£429.99

http://www.coopelectricalshop.co.uk/Panasonic-DMRBWT740EB-Black-Smart-4K-Blu-Ray-Recorder-with-1TB-HDD-WiFi/id-PAN-DVD-DMRBWT740EB9-BK?gclid=CNGgxbXQ0sUCFQTHtAodGRsAGQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

High budget blu ray recorder

This is a Panasonic Black smart 4k Blu Ray recorder which includes 1TB Hard disk storage this will be great when it comes to storing my finished music and sounds. It also comes with great wifi and two freeview HD tuners, which might come in handy at some point in time.

 

 

Low Budget- LG DP542H – £41

http://www.ebuyer.com/708790-lg-dp542h-usb-recording-dvd-player-dp542h?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&mkwid=WA3N2WiH_dc&pcrid=51630194939&gclid=CI643pHS0sUCFVHKtAodmEkAfA

low budget blu ray recorder

This is a great recorder mainly because it works through a usb cable which will minimize the amount of wires within the entire work station it also goes up to 1080p which is great for only £41 and will save me a lot of money compared to the high end blu ray recorder which are currently available.

Speakers-

High Budget- Acapella Poseydon Speakers (Pair) – £169,500.00

http://www.audioaffair.co.uk/acapella-poseydon-speakers-pair?gclid=COSTr4_U0sUCFaMewwodaYgAcw

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At the price of a small house, the Acapella Poseidon are not for the faint-hearted or casual listener, and only for the true audiophile, who values sonic perfection above all else, and for whom there can be no compromises. Few speakers can truly invoke the power of a great orchestra – many can try, some can even come close. The Poseidon is a speaker that can transmit without limitation, the huge dynamics required to emulate an orchestra, yet with the pose and delicacy required to draw out every last molecule of detail and resolution.

The Poseidon are capable of authentic spatial representation on a level unrivalled by any other speaker. Depth, width and height of sound are portrayed tangibly in a seemingly holographic soundscape, surrounding the listener with audio, yet also presenting the image of real instrumentation, situated in its own space.

Low Budget- Sweex 2.0 Speaker – £10

http://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/6020204002233211488?client=safari&rls=en&q=speakers&safe=active&sa=X&ei=M7ldVbOlJqi27gbVp4OICw&ved=0CDQQ8wIwAA

low budget speakers

These speaker would work great in the audio workstation and they’re only £10 which is very cheap and at least it does its one and only job, it’ll be great to test out the sounds a music that will be made within the studio as I will be playing them over and over again repeatedly many times for many days, and if it break we can just replace because its so cheap which will help us save a lot of money and that will be very important when it comes to making an audio workstation.

Software-

High Budget- Waves Diamond V9 Native – £2,319.00

http://www.dv247.com/computer-music-software/waves-diamond-bundle-native–20951?gclid=CLL8pbXY0sUCFS-WtAod9icAfg

 high end music software

 

Waves Diamond Bundle native Features:

  • 35 processors: for total creativity and processing tour-de-force under one hood
  • Tools for EVERY application: tracking, mixing, mastering, sound design, audio restoration, creative
  • Choice of processing style: transparent, surgical, analog, vintage – every processing flavor you can wish for
  • Cost Effective: Pay less than Platinum + Restoration + Transform ; Have all the tools you need exactly when you need them.
  • Years of Research & Design excellence: doesn’t your audio deserve the best?
  • RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, DirectX, MAS, Audio Units.
  • 64-bit support
  • No iLok required
  • Easy activation to computer or USB flash drive
  • Move and manage your licenses via USB flash drive or License Cloud
  • One-click license recovery for lost or damaged devices

Software-

Low Budget- Logic Pro – FREE

https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/what-is/

 

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What is Logic Pro

Logic Pro has an enormous collection of plug-ins and sounds to help you flesh out your ideas. Put a chord through the Arpeggiator and experiment with new sounds. Audition one of 1,800 Patches, instruments and effects for voice, bass lines, brass, strings, woodwinds and so much more. And explore a collection of more than 3,600 electronic and urban loops, covering everything from Hip Hop to Electro House, Dubstep, Modern R&B, Tech House, Deep House and Chillwave.

This will be great for my audio workstation as my low budget also consists of a MAC and logic pro comes free with a mac therefore I will be able to save a lot of money when it comes to the software which will enable me to put more money into other parts of the workstation.

MIDI Keyboard/Controller- 

High Budget- Razer Deathstalker Ultimate Elite Keyboard – £218

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/171523087791?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&rlsatarget=&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108

 

 razer deathstalker keyboard

This is a very advanced keyboard which you can see from the picture, it even has a screen on it which is not very common when it come to keyboard design, I chose this keyboard mainly because of how advanced it is, I also chose it partly because of the looks of the keyboard, I like the lights and the screen, at the end of the day the keyboard doesn’t really make a difference when it comes to creating music in a audio workstation.

 

 

 

Low Budget- Trust Classicline – £5.99

http://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/1517844514326718110?client=safari&rls=en&q=keyboard&safe=active&sa=X&ei=XyVwVeSBDInU7Ab0oILoCg&ved=0CDsQ8wIwAQ

low budget keyboard

This is a great keyboard especially for how cheap it is which is great when it comes to creating a low budget audio station, its only £6 but at the end of the day it’s a keyboard and it will do the job and do what a keyboard is supposed to do, the keyboard doesn’t look the best and may not work the best but as long as it does the job it’ll be fine and will help me make great sounds and music within the low budget audio workstation.

 

Digital Audio Interface-

 

High Budget- SSL Nucleus Daw Controller – £3,299

http://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/1829643860232581299?client=safari&rls=en&q=digital+audio+interface&safe=active&prds=paur:ClkAsKraXwTSq18N7RNokRjMtCCzYcbi2Zg_rR042mruT0PQC-tMYIme3ykqCbEmf_5v297xmWcL5wRzfrovTXn0EYx7hnJPgQrPsbtccUwl_JD5rJhQpnaDeBIZAFPVH71_i5I0_SGpPVvwT8tq-qq6jTOteA&sa=X&ei=yCdwVdOkKuae7gbt9IKABw&ved=0CFcQ8wIwDg

 

 high budget digital interface

The SSL Nucleus DAW Controller and Audio Interface is designed to be the core of the modern professional studio set-up. The Nucleus DAW controller puts control back at the fingertips by providing two banks of 8 motorized faders, with dedicated mute and solo buttons, assignable pots and control buttons.

It will work wonders for my high budget audio work station and will allow me to create very high quality music and sound which will be very worth the month in the long term

 

 

 

Low Budget- Alesis IO Hub 2 – £59

http://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/4518560827280321257?client=safari&rls=en&q=digital+audio+interface&safe=active&prds=paur:ClkAsKraX51FbGh9qPg5mBu8WZnPZKsypg7zZg7jSZC2IksLfv1PBxojgoQSBgS_Cehc00wDqL82nL62JDGn9w6FTYprkXmupAJN45GAGt7HrSp6xXQQo6j-9BIZAFPVH73ZnJY_6WrwVIw3nGx_VJzrxHC7mA&sa=X&ei=eilwVZmJBsS07gbSgoKoAg&ved=0CDcQ8wIwAw

 low budget audio interface 

Compact enough to put in you bag, the Alesis iO Hub is the idea audio interface for carrying around on your travels to set up and use whenever inspiration strikes. Plus, the iO Hub is bus powered—no power supply required. The standard Apple iPad camera connection kit can connect the iO Hub to other compatible devices.

This is a really easy and cheap way for me to edit my sounds and music and change the volume it is also very cheap which will help me out a lot when it comes to building the low budget audio workstation.

 

 

 

Cloud Storage Subscription-

High Budget- WD My Cloud DL4100 – £1,538

http://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/10429719532617774186?client=safari&rls=en&noj=1&q=cloud+storage+subscription&safe=active&prds=paur:ClkAsKraX7r_RccGEMNi6QlCLAEF-BBy6vfo_K3NaiC1Wa42lkI-DjlOvG1bpkHOwCv7WQVJ0qU9Y_XjrUimUi-kvq9qSHQmfwgdJv_0OfzC6iYEF2mGb1ZIGRIZAFPVH71qfz5XUPcy__q8dSDU4oY15WJtRg&sa=X&ei=jypwVfGuCovX7QbE1ILYDg&ved=0CCwQ8wIwAg

High Budget cloud

Built from the ground up with hardware, software and storage from WD, My Cloud Business Series DL4100 is a true all-in-one, high-performance NAS solution designed for small businesses. The fully integrated, easy to deploy system provides the reliability, security, and scalability needed to drive small business success.

This will allow me to store much more music and sounds when it comes to making them in my high budget audio workstation which will help me out so much as I wont have to worry about memory and how much space I have left whilst im making the sounds or music.

Low Budget- My Cloud 3TB – £83

http://store.westerndigital.com/store/wdeu/en_GB/DisplayAccesoryProductDetailsPage/productID.310451100&KPID=310451100_en_GB?kpid=310451100_en_GB&gclid=CL7d3Mft9cUCFYrJtAod4ikAZA

low budget cloud

Finally, a cloud of your own – Save everything in one place and access it from anywhere with your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Protect your files with automatic file backup for all your computers. And with direct file uploads from your mobile devices, all your important data is safely stored on your personal cloud.

This is another very cheap way for me to save and store my sounds and music, all though there are many just like it that are much cheaper, I chose this one because of the fact that it works on a MAC which is the computer that I will be using in the low budget audio workstation, this therefore helps me out so much and wont have to worry about storage shortage ever again.

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