MusicXPC is in business to make tools for those make music, and the Professional S3 is surely one sexy computer. The MusicXPC Pro S3 a dream machine that fulfills the promise of taming the most CPU hu... Read More
MusicXPC is in business to make tools for those make music, and the Professional S3 is surely one sexy computer. The MusicXPC Pro S3 a dream machine that fulfills the promise of taming the most CPU hungry virtual instrument, of delivering so many audio tracks that your ears would scream for you to stop, of storing so much data that you can go away on a 3 week vacation and find it still recording 24|192 audio upon your return.
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
The Professional S3 is an Intel Core 2 Duo workhorse built on the 1066 MHz front-side-bus Intel P965 chipset. It runs Windows XP music applications at the rate of a scream. The dual-core engine is the latest wave of performance power coming to a desktop near you. You'll be blown away at the performance increase compared to the previous generations of processors. For years MusicXPC has preached the virtues of the Intel architecture and its outstanding performance attributes. Now, finally, everyone's is on the bandwagon. While some of our competitors are just getting their feet wet in the Wintel world, MusicXPC is on its fourth generation of music production powerhouses. MusicXPC, is focused on a single mission - build the finest music production computers on the planet, that's the S3.
Mother of all Motherboards
The Professional S3 is equipped with a versatile motherboard packed with features and new innovations that reduce noise and temperature. This super-quiet fanless motherboard supports 1066 MHz FSB, Intel Pentium dual core and Core 2 processors, DDR2 RAM (Dual Channel) and PCI Express x16. The motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives based on the SATA 3 GB/s storage specification, which provides enhanced scalability and a doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA port on the rear allow hot-plug connect/disconnect of very high performance hard drives. The motherboard provides all the normal ports that you would expect to find in a high performance computer and then some.
2GB DDR2 RAM
The Professional S3 is loaded with 2GB of top-tier dual channel DDR2 800 MHz RAM upgradeable to 8MB. All RAM chips are not created equal. RAM chips are graded for quality by the handful of top-tier manufacturers that actually make the chips. RAM chips that pass are sold under top-tier brands. The ones that marginally fail are sold off to second tier manufacturers and then sold at discounts under a multitude of brand names. For CPU, RAM and HD intensive work like professional digital audio production, it can be a fatal mistake to allow anything less than top-tier RAM into your workspace. At MusicXPC, you will find only tested, top-tier, first-rate RAM in our machines.
1.1 TeraBytes of HD storage
The Professional S3 is meant for professional music production. This means that its storage capacity can no longer be measures in Gigabytes - say hello to 1.1 TeraBytes of storage. If you want to get a sense of how much recording time a TeraByte can hold, check out the table below. No MusicXPC user should ever have to juggle HD space and erase this to make room for that. The Professional S3 therefore comes with a magnificent 1.1 TeraByte of Hard Drive storage standard. The S3 hasenough storage to record more than 4 months of CD-quality audio. This is more than any other music production computer in the world.
How much music can 1 TeraByte store?
Numbers get thrown around with reckless abandon all the time. We decided to really give you a chance to digest what a TeraByte of storage. Put simply, this is enough time to operate your studio and not think about recording time. With the Professional S3, you can record over months of CD quality audio and have room to record an album. You need a calendar not a stopwatch.
Four Serial ATA hard Drives
This generous storage is distributed over four hard drives that should keep your libraries, linear audio tracks and video files nicely and professionally managed. This configuration also provides a meaningful improvement in hard drive performance. The Professional S3 represents a new high water mark for music production computers and is easily one of the most robust recording system ever offered in our industry.
16X Dual Layer DVD Opticle Hard Drive
The Professional S3 ships with a 16X CD/DVD+/-RW recordable optical drive that does it all. Not only does it whip through CD authoring tasks, it also allows for backups of your audio projects to dual-layer DVD discs. This optical drive records data up to 4.7GB per side on DVD media and writes in all kinds of formats: DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM and CD-R/-RW. The Super-Multi also reads most DVD and CD formats, including DVD+R/+RW. This adds up to one versatile drive suitable for any application. Buffer Underrun Protection and UltraDMA 4 support ensure fast, reliable writing every time. Supported formats include: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW.
Very Quiet Operation
The Professional S3 would not be a MusicXPC if it didn't have components carefully selected to generate the whisper quiet operation music producers desire, deserve and demand. Each generation of computing technology ups the ante with respect to speed in all areas, this speed comes with a price - heat. The Professional S3 steps around this with advanced cooling
technologies that result in an astonishingly silent computer. This is one computer that you won't have to house outside the control room or in a special noise-reducing case.
Tweaked for Music
The Professional S3 is heavily 'tweaked' for music production. This means that the services that are not needed for music are disabled and ones needed to optimize performance for music production and intensive hard disk recording are enabled. With a MusicXPC there is no need to make any adjustments. Simple unpack this dream machine, install your software and start making music. The S3 has been tested extensively with ProTools 7, Nuendo 3, Cubase SX3, SONAR 5, Reason 3, FL Studio 6, Melodyne 3 and many of the major plug-ins and virtual instruments on the market.
Connections and Ports Galore
The Professional S3 covers every type of connection that music producers need now and later. There are 3 PCI slots and also PCI-E, PCI-E x4 and PCI-E x16. So whatever kind of card comes down the pike you are ready. There are the USB 2.0 and FireWire ports and dual Gigabit LAN ports to lessen bottleneck when piping data over a network. Serial ATA throughout and "SATA on the Go" mean blistering, direct connections between the S3 and external hard drives. This option makes FireWire hard drives look downright ordinary. The S3 goes where no other music computer's been with the addition of wireless LAN connectivity. There are still the legacy PS2, COM and Parallel ports to make sure you can load up that trusty old Nuendo 1 or plug-in that MOTU MTP. Aren't PC computers nice?
The Professional S3 sets itself apart from all other music computers with the inclusion of an almost magical backup/restore facility with the power to turn a nightmare of tears into a sigh of relief. You can easily survive major computer problems and fatal crashes by restoring the computer in minutes rather than in weeks.
How is this possible? A special section called the Protected Area is created on the main hard drive specially to hold the original factory image as well as future user created backup images. This is followed by the installation of the Windows XP section of the drive. The "Hidden Zone" invisible to the Windows OS and cannot be erased or tampered with by normal operations. This preserves and protects the backups and factory images from damage, accidents, viruses and deletions. The music producer can easily survive a fatal computer crash by invoking a restore procedure to a previous image stored in the "Hidden Zone".
How do you spell peace of mind? Let me see . . . M U S I C X P C. The backup system is so flexible that you can even back up to DVD, across a network, another hard drive. You can load images and modify them and append to them - it's just freaking amazing. Go ahead, knock yourself out, this is one of the most robust computer systems money can buy.
Aluminum makes for the best computer chassis because it is excels in a few key areas. It is strong and therefore can be a solid place to anchor other components. It is light and therefore will not add needless weight to the final product. It is corrosive resistant and therefore will never rust of warp like steel or plastic. It is a great heat conductor and helps the system dissipate heat by acting like a giant heat sink. Finally, one of the best qualities is that it looks gorgeous. The Professional S3 is Aluminum through and through and it is a truly beautiful computer.
Service and Support
MusicXPC is supported by the best network of music retailers on the planet. Added to that is our informative live telephone support line where you are treated like a human being and not an incident number. Customer support is FREE.
Don't Worry, Be Creative
MusicXPC takes the trouble out of making music today in a demanding studio environment by making triple sure that the system will work in 95% of conditions. this gives you unprecedented power and flexibility out of the box - no upgrades needed. In the end you get to spend more time thinking about and music instead of installing drivers for the next version of Tiger, Leopard or Grrrr!!. Let music reign. Rock on!
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