I am going to be recording acoustic guitar tracks for a music library begun to write for. My first order of business is to isolate my noisy CPU from my recording area.
Does anyone have any tips or insights about this seemingly simple task. I am am considering moving it into a sliding door closet about 10 feet away, however I have not tested this to see if it provides sufficient noise reduction. (I read on Sweetwater.com that I should be able to use a couple of small fans to provide ventilation).
Anyway, I thought there might be some conventional wisdom on this topic. Thanks for sharing!
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Or there are lots of integrators offering ready to run mini-itx machines.
Keep in mind that if you run Windows on these boxes then it will need a harddisk (eg a small 2.5drive that contains the OS) so it will not be totally noiseless. Or alternatively there are solid state harddisks (a bit expensive but for a small installation 1GB is enough and can cost less than $100).
Or you can use a linux selfbooting CD which loads the entire OS from CD (thus no HD required) and just start the VNC viewer from there.
Lee, I agree that using longer cables is the easiest solution, but analog VGA is often limited to a few mt. A better solution might be DVI to fiber converters/repeaters, but I guess they aren't that cheap.
Allright, allright! Thanks very much for your ideas guys.
Benno, you sure know your networking. Though I think the longer cable route is my best option. I'm running a G5, a standard 17 inch apple display, and an M-Box. I wonder if there are length limitations for the connections to those devices? Also, the M-Box cannot be plugged into a hub. I wonder if this poses a problem.
I've been using ISSORAX for a while. They work well, but for multiple computers (I have 7) heat become a hassle. I end up cranking the AC in my studio, which totally SUCKS. They would work great if I had fewer computers. I'm now moving all the computers to a seperate machine room. I think that is the best option. If that is not workable for you I'm selling 2 of these ISSORAX on e-bay(: PM me if you'd like more info. Would be a bit of overkill for a single PC though.
I do it with longer recording cables and placing the computer/recording setup on another floor in an isolated room with star-quad to the mics. But for really critical recording like for sampling you might want to place the mic preamp closer to the mics and do the long run at line level... Aphex makes a killer remote control mic preamp born for setups like that.
Another alternative is to remote control the computer. Frontier Designs just came out with a wireless remote controller for daws that's billed as being able to allow single person daw control from within a recording booth without requiring line of sight. A lower tech solution, if you do have line of sight to the receiver and monitor, might be a wireless mouse.