Sweetwater Custom Computing Creation Station 250 (No Longer Available)
3.1GHz, Quad-core Rackmountable/Desktop CPU with 4GB RAM, 1TB and 500GB Hard Drives, Windows 7, and Software Suite
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From Our Research Team:
A Blazing-fast Audio Machine - in 2U!Sweetwater's Creation Station 250 gives you ultra-powerful, ultra-fast quad-core computer that's built specifically for audio - and it's packed into an incredibly lightweight, tough, and compact package that's road ready. The beautifully compact Creation Station 250 takes up just two rack spaces, and it's short enough to fit in most racks. But, it's also convertible to a convenient desktop format! Whether you're making tracks at home, recording on the go, or taking the stage with virtual instruments, you'll be blown away by the possibilities the Creation Station 250 opens up for you.
Sweetwater Creation Station 250 Rackmountable/Desktop CPU at a Glance:
Perfect for studio and stage
Put uncompromising computing quality into your studio or stage rack! Thanks to its amazingly slim 2U chassis, the Sweetwater Creation Station 250 fits perfectly into your stage or recording setup. Want to get the most out of your favorite DAW? Want to run more instantiations of more plug-ins? The Creation Station 250 lets you do it - from a format you can easily transport to different locations. Do you need a solid, dependable platform for your virtual instruments onstage? The Creation Station 250 is perfect for you. This incredible quad-core CPU gives you the robust power and speed you need, and it won't hog all the space in your live rack.
Built specifically for audio
Don't restrict the potential of your musical projects with an off-the-shelf computer. Get a purpose-built Creation Station and find out what you can really do! We chose every component is with audio in mind, so you know your Creation Station 250 is built from the ground up for the job. From the motherboard to the cooling system to the ultra-low-noise chassis, this computer is made for specifically audio - and it's only available at Sweetwater.
Incredibly compact, lightweight chassis
You'll love the powerful, fast performance you get from our Creation Station 250 audio computer. You'll also appreciate its ultra-compact, amazingly lightweight chassis. At 20 lbs., this rackmountable CPU makes it easy to take the computing horsepower you need wherever you need it. The Creation Station 200 is also shallow enough to make it an easy fit for practically any rack. Best of all, the chassis is easily converted for desktop use. It's perfect for stages and studios alike!
Amazing software suite included
As with all of our Creation Station audio computers, this Creation Station 250 comes loaded with an amazing suite of essential programs and utilites. Based around the powerful Windows 7 operating system, this tuned and tested CPU is ready to kick your projects into a higher gear, right out of the box. Call us today and find out more about these powerful, portable, Sweetwater-exclusive machines.
Sweetwater Creation Station 250 Rackmountable/Desktop CPU Features:
Sweetwater's Creation Station 250 puts a powerful, purpose-built, amazingly portable audio computer in your rack - or on your desktop!
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Solid, quiet and fast
by Marty Moran from ConnecticutI've had my CS250 for about a year now. This is a fantastic machine. Quiet, fast and ProTools runs great on it. I work full time as a voiceover artist, and I need a computer that is reliable and qu... read more [+]iet. I'm also very busy, so time is money. That means I did not want to waste time purchasing and setting up the right machine, nor can I tolerate downtime. Can you buy a less expensive PC at one of the big box retailers? Probably. But if you use your machine 6 days a week for recording and editing, it'll freeze up or fail and the retailer won't stand behind it. Which brings me to Sweetwater's fantastic technical support. I did have an issue with one application (the issue was totally my fault), and the tech support people responded very quickly to resolve the issue. If you need a PC that is fast, reliable, quiet and configured for audio production, you owe it to yourself to give the CS250 serious consideration. close [-]
October 23, 2012
Music Background: Voiceover Artist, Musician, Recording Eng.
by Teejay Riedl from VAI have had my CS250 for just about a month now, and decided to share my experiences and thoughts.
May 29, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician / Engineer
After ordering a new Motu 828 from Delvin at Sweetwater, and connecting it to my last P... read more [+]C, I suddenly became aware of everything that was wrong with my old computer. So, I got online and started sourcing parts to build a new one. I am a Sales Engineer myself by trade, in the web hosting industry, and am no stranger to building machines - and I have a cadre of colleagues who were all ready to assist.
But I stopped, because despite my acumen, I am not that well-versed in optimizing the systems for music alone. After considering how much time I spent 5 years ago, tweaking and honing my platform, I suddenly realized that “time is money”, and that no matter how good a home-built machine might look spec-wise, it would take me a looong time to get a new machine optimized for my studio. And I had a contract job due in a month.
Thus, I decided to take a very long shot at a Sweetwater CS250, and worked with Delvin to get it packed with RAM. My experiences have been nothing short of fantastic.
The machine arrived, and (in a first -ever experience for me!) lit up the first time I powered it on, ready to roll. You need to look at the light to know if it’s on or not – Sweetwater talks about their sound-deadening technologies, and they work like a charm. This machine is so silent it sits right in the racks with everything else, and even with my most sensitive condenser mics, it’s almost inaudible.
After setting it up, I loaded Ableton Live, and the system ran without a hitch for a week or so, until I realized that the CS250 was outperforming Ableton to the point that Live’s introduced latencies in soft synths were affecting my playing. In other words, the CS250 is so stout, it might make some other gear / software look bad by comparison.
Ugh. With the contract for a ~45 minute film score due in under a month, I did some investigation and trial & error testing, I ordered Sonar X1 Producer– under the premise that nothing will make you learn a new DAW than the pressure of a major deliverable in 3 weeks!
And learn I have. I have learned that this CS250 outperforms anything I could have built myself, and in addition to the performance, it arrived at my doorstep ready to rumble, with no prevarication or effort. I keep piling soft synths and other plugins on it, running the Motu full bore with 8 analog ins and stem outs, “massive” track counts (60+ in some pieces) and this machine just ticks along quietly, begging for more. It is SUCH a change from my old homebrew quad-core that it’s ridiculous. I finished my project tonight, 3 days ahead of schedule, **and** in the midst of learning a complex new DAW. The CS250 was the real star, never making its presence known except in a good way - it just "shuts up and does its job".
During this time, I came to realize that Sweetwater has, indeed, tweaked the system for audio. With one minor exception, all of the settings they made to the Bios, etc. were the same ones I would have made – except I didn’t need to waste 60 hours of my life doing it.
Why the 250 and not the 450, you ask? I have a lot of outboard gear, and didn’t foresee the need to add any full-height PCI cards. If I make enough from my scoring projects, maybe I’ll upgrade.
Yeah, I could go to MicroCenter and buy my own parts, and perhaps build a near-equivalent machine for $200 less… but it wouldn’t be as quiet, and it wouldn’t have a 2-year warranty, and it damn sure wouldn't have the reputation of Sweetwater behind it. Besides – life is short: I want to spend it making music, not tweaking Bios settings and drivers and dll's and - oh, my.
My Dad once told me “Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.” That has been my experience to date – it’s worth the money.
I love this machine. Two thumbs up, and my dog (who is perhaps my harshest critic) raises two paws in accord.
Thanks, Sweetwater! close [-]
Does the job
by Jonathan hanemann from Hoboken, NJWhat can I say except that this rig GETS THE JOB DONE? It's a high-quality piece of gear. Rack-mountable, quiet-fans, fast processor, doesn't take up much space, plenty of i/o. As a PC-based home reco... read more [+]rdist, I wouldn't go anywhere else. close [-]
March 22, 2012
Music Background: Bassist, home recordist
by John McGrail from Cleveland, OHThis is a good machine. I really can't complain. Wish it were a bit cheaper though. I upgraded to 64 bit and had to upgrade all my software so be aware of that added cost. It runs smooth and is qu... read more [+]iet which is good cuz my studio is small. close [-]
February 13, 2012
Music Background: Serious Musician with a day job...
Marcy, Saint Louis, MO
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