Sweetwater Custom Computing CS450 4u Professional Audio and Video Production Workstation

Intel 6th Gen Core i7-6700 3.4GHz (4.0GHz Max Turbo Boost) Rackmountable CPU with 32GB RAM, 500GB SSD, 2 2TB HDDs, Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and Software Suite
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At Sweetwater, we understand that you need the absolute pinnacle of audio-processing power, and we designed the Creation Station 450v5 to be your ideal production solution. Built for peak pro-audio performance, the CS450v5 gives you the power, confidence, and reliability to say "yes" to any type of production project your studio is called on to perform. This recording and creation workhorse is made with the expandability you'll need to take on bigger projects as your studio grows. If you rely on a computer for your studio's success, putting Sweetwater's Creation Station 450v5 at the heart of your system is the right move to make.

Sweetwater Creation Station 450v5 Rackmountable CPU at a Glance:

  • Ready to rock with preinstalled applications and Windows compatibility
  • Solid-state boot drive for ultra-fast startups
  • Primed for production with quality components for processing speed and reliability
  • Convenient rackmountable chassis fits in your studio or stage rack
  • The versatile connections you need for your professional production gear
  • Total Confidence Coverage — the power you need with the support you deserve

Ready to rock with preinstalled applications and Windows compatibility

From music theory lessons to recording your music, your new Creation Station audio computer comes ready to rock. We have fully loaded it with an incredible suite of amazing programs and utilities to keep you and your studio creating and recording efficiently. The Windows 10 operating system with 64-bit architecture gives you the latest in Windows features. We've included tools for making music that include Audacity audio editor recording software, Audio Test Files with white and pink-noise signals, and a free license of Studio One Artist. Stay organized with the LibreOffice software suite and a printable PDF track sheet for logging your session information. Your Creation Station is compatible with virtually all major audio production packages, including PreSonus Studio One, Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase, Cakewalk SONAR, Sony Vegas, and Avid Pro Tools — we even install iLok Manager for you!

Primed for production with quality components for processing speed and reliability

You need an audio PC that gives you the best performance possible for your money. That's why we at Sweetwater chose components for our Creation Station computers that are not only desirable in terms of build quality and performance, but also ideal in how well they interact with all of the other elements in the system. Your recording projects require hard drives that give you quiet, reliable performance. The Creation Station 450v5 features an ultra-fast 500GB solid-state system drive and a pair of 2TB audio hard drives to effortlessly handle the demands of audio recording. When you're working with audio, you need rock-solid, dependable performance, and because the motherboard is an essential component of that, we chose an ASUS motherboard for the Creation Station 450v5. It's built to stand up to the rigors of the studio — and the stage. We painstakingly evaluated CPUs to determine which processors would perform reliably on Windows applications for audio production. For the Creation Station 450v5, we chose a blazing-fast Intel 6th Gen Core i7-6700 to provide uncompromised speed and reliability. And you can rest assured you've got dependable RAM onboard for reliable, error-free operation. We install our RAM in matched sets, so your system can run in dual-channel mode for best performance. And there are two open slots for future expansion. You get the power you need and the reliability you want at a great value. And since your Creation Station is built by Sweetwater, you'll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your computer was designed and built by people who rely on technology to make their music, just like you!

Convenient rackmountable chassis fits in your studio or stage rack

Our new Creation Stations put incredible computing power and rock-solid reliability into a rackmountable format you can easily incorporate into your studio rig or take onstage. These no-compromise audio computers let you work the way you want to work. For ultra-quiet, cool operation, we chose the highest-quality power supplies and cooling fans for our new Creation Stations. With optimized airflow, maximum efficiency, and the best components available, our audio computers give you the ultra-low-noise performance you need, without the risk of overheating. To minimize case rattle from the 4U chassis, we install Auralex SheetBlok-Plus on the lid. And should you use your Creation Station as a desktop computer, we include a set of four AcoustiFeet for decoupling and vibration isolation, ensuring you get absolute operating silence. Whether you rely on virtual instruments for performance or you're tracking audio in the same room where your computer is located, you can depend on your Creation Station's strong, silent nature to get you through it all.

The versatile connections you need for your professional production gear

Sweetwater focused the design of the Creation Station around your projects, so we provided you with the fast, flexible connectivity you need to accomplish your production goals. With fast USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, your Creation Station 450v5 is flexible enough to make the connections you need for professional audio and video interfaces, MIDI controllers, and more. A USB-C port carrying USB 3.1 yields speeds up to 10Gb/s, and its increased charging power is great for tablets and bus-powered devices. A Multi-card reader makes it easy to transfer files to and from the memory cards used in your handheld recorders, samplers, digital cameras, and more. The optical drive lets you load a track for remixing or sampling and lets you burn your latest project to CD or DVD. The Creation Station supports up to three displays with video outputs that include VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D — essential for customizing your workflow whether you're recording audio or doing video post production.

Total Confidence Coverage — the power you need with the support you deserve

Your Sweetwater Creation Station 450v5 is fully covered by our Total Confidence Coverage 2-year warranty plus a 3-year limited warranty on the hard drives, and your memory is covered for a lifetime! We even preinstall the TeamViewer application, so if you ever need help, our gurus can access your machine from the Tech Support offices right here at Sweetwater — you won't have to ship your computer back to us for the simple fixes. You get a machine that is designed, built, and fully supported by the same people who use computers in their music-making lives every day. We don't just sell you a computer — we take care of you!

Sweetwater Creation Station 450v5 Rackmountable CPU Features:

  • 4U rackmountable chassis for stage or studio use
  • 2 quiet fans prevent dangerous heat buildup
  • Acoustically treated to reduce operational noise
  • VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports support up to 3 displays simultaneously
  • Suite of amazing programs and utilities keeps you creating and recording
  • CD and DVD read and write capability
  • USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 ports enable connectivity with outboard gear and peripherals
  • Includes USB keyboard and mouse and rackmounting hardware

Creation Station Models

 
CS450v5
$2599
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CS400v5
$1799
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CS250v5
$1399
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CS100v5
$999
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Motherboard: Asus w/Z170 Chipset Asus w/H170 Chipset Asus w/H170 Chipset Intel Integrated
CPU: Intel 6th Gen i7
3.4 GHz
4 Cores / 8 Threads
Intel 6th Gen i5
3.3 GHz
4 Cores / 4 Threads
Intel 6th Gen i5
2.7 GHz
4 Cores / 4 Threads
Intel 6th Gen i5
1.9 GHz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
CPU Cooler: Noctua NHU98 Noctua NHU98 Noctua NHL12 Intel Active Cooling
Case Fan Front: ULN 120mm Noctua ULN 120mm Noctua ULN 80 mm Noctua (x2)  
Case Fan Rear: ULN 80 mm Noctua ULN 80 mm Noctua    
RAM: 32GB DDR4/2133 Mhz 16GB DDR4/2133 Mhz 8GB DDR4/2133 Mhz 8GB DDR4/2133 Mhz
System Drive: 500GB Samsung M.2 SSD
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
240GB Intel M.2 SSD
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
240GB Intel M.2 SSD
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
500GB Seagate
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
7200 RPM
Audio Drive: 2TB Seagate Barracuda
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
2TB Seagate Barracuda
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
1TB Seagate Barracuda
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
 
Sample Drive: 2Tb GB Seagate Barracuda
(SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
     
Optical Drive: DVDRW DVDRW DVDRW  
Removable Storage: 1 Removable Hard Drive Bay
(Hard Drive not included)
1 Removable Hard Drive Bay
(Hard Drive not included)
   
Card Reader: MultiCard Read/Write MMC,
Microdrive, CF, SD
SmartMedia, MemoryStick
MS/Pro
MultiCard Read/Write MMC,
Microdrive, CF, SD
SmartMedia, MemoryStick
MS/Pro
  SD Card Slot
Video: HDMI, DVI-I, DisplayPort, VGA
Supports up to 3 displays
HDMI, DVI-I, VGA
Supports up to 3 displays
HDMI, DVI/DVI-D, VGA
Supports up to 3 displays
HDMI, Mini DisplayPort
Supports up to 2 displays
WiFi: PCIe 802.11 b/g/n PCIe 802.11 b/g/n PCIe 802.11 b/g/n Internal 802.11ac, Bluetooth
Ports: 1 Gigabit Ethernet
(10/100/1000 Mb/s)
6 SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (0 Available)
1 x SATA Express port (PCIe mode)
USB 3.0 – 2 back
4 USB 2.0 (2 back 2 Frt panel)
1 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Type C (back)
1 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Type A (back)
1 Gigabit Ethernet
(10/100/1000 Mb/s)
6 SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (1 Available)
1 x SATA Express port (PCIe mode)
USB 3.0 – 2 back
4 USB 2.0 (2 back 2 Frt panel)
1 5Gb/s USB Type C
1 Gigabit Ethernet
(10/100/1000 Mb/s)
6 SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (4 Available)
1 x SATA Express port (PCIe mode)
USB 3.0 – 2 back
4 USB 2.0 (2 back 2 Frt panel)
1 5Gb/s USB Type C
1 Gigabit Ethernet
(10/100/1000 Mb/s)
1 SATA 6.0 Gb/s port
USB 3.0 – 2 back
USB 3.0 – 2 Front
PCI Slots: 3 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 16
3 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 1(two available)
1 PCI Conventional
2 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 16
1 PCIe 2.0 x 16
2 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 1(one available)
2 PCI Conventional
2 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 16
2 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 1(one available)
 
Case: 4U Rackmount 4U Rackmount 2U Rackmount Mini
Case Lining: Auralex SheetBlok-Plus™ lid treatment (prevents case rattle) Auralex SheetBlok-Plus™ lid treatment (prevents case rattle) Auralex SheetBlok-Plus™ lid treatment (prevents case rattle)  
Feet: AcoustiFeet (Isolating case feet) AcoustiFeet (Isolating case feet) AcoustiFeet (Isolating case feet)  
Power Supply: 750W Enermax 450W Enermax 380W Antec AC adapter included
OS: Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
System Restore: Acronis System Restore OEM Acronis System Restore OEM Acronis System Restore OEM Acronis System Restore OEM
Peripherals: USB keyboard & mouse included USB keyboard & mouse included USB keyboard & mouse included VESA adapter included
Keyboard & mouse not included
Warranty: Two years for the entire machine. Three years limited for hard drives. Lifetime for memory. Two years for the entire machine. Three years limited for hard drives. Lifetime for memory. Two years for the entire machine. Three years limited for hard drives. Lifetime for memory. Two years for the entire machine. Three years limited for hard drives. Lifetime for memory.

Tech Specs

Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
CPU Skylake Core i7 (i7-6700, 4 cores/8 threads), 3.4GHz (4.0GHz Max Turbo)
Motherboard Intel Z170 Chipset
Graphics/Video Intel HD Graphics 530 (Integrated in CPU)
Maximum Resolution HDMI 1.4 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz max, DVI-D 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz max
Memory - Included 32GB DDR4/2133 MHz
Memory - Max 64GB (4x16GB)
Storage - Included System - 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive (SATA 6.0 Gb/s), 1 Hot Swap SATA Drive Bay
Storage - Expanded Audio - 2 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda (SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
Optical Drive DVD-RW
Thunderbolt Ports Optional
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0 Type A, 4 x USB 2.0 Type A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type C, 1 x USB 3.1 Type A
PCI Slots 2 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1, 1 PCI
Card Slots MultiCard Read/Write, MMC, MicroDrive, CF, SD, SmartMedia, MemoryStick, MSPro
Video Ports HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D, VGA, supports up to 3 displays (DP 1.2 Multi-stream transport compliant)
Other Ports/Slots Storage - 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (used for SSD), 1 x SATA Express port, 6 x eSATA 6Gb/s port (4 in use)
Ethernet 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mb/s)
WiFi 1 x PCIe 801.11 b/g/n WiFi Card
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/8" (mic in), 1 x 1/8" (line in)
Audio Outputs 1 x Toslink, 2 x 1/8" (L/R, Center/Bass), 1 x 1/8" (line out)
Included Keyboard USB
Included Mouse USB
Height 4U Rackmount
Depth 20" (20.75" with front handles)
Weight 40 lbs. (estimated)
Manufacturer Part Number 450.5

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

AWESOME

This is an awesome piece of equipment. Superfast, quiet and very cool looking also. The folks at Sweetwater are great also. Thanks Ashton. Peace.
Music background: aspiring musician, engineer and dj
5/5

Creation Station

Awesome build, turnaround time was super fast, they even customized it for me by adding in another 1TB SS drive.....it wasn't loaded with spam like most computers you buy, and I've owned it for quite a few months now and it works flawlessly. Super quiet too!
Music background: Guitarist, producer, syndicated radio host
5/5

Creation Station CS450

Amazing machine all around. Very fast, even if there are things running in the background. Should keep me going for a long time!
Music background: Teacher/Producer
5/5

Better than advertised

I was going to build a new hot-rod rack mountable computer for amateur recording, and for A/V, graphic design, and photo processing for my company, and a friend suggested I take a look at what Sweetwater had to offer. This model is very close to what I would have built (ASUS MB, etc.), and as it's all assembled and tested (and has zero bloatware!) and comes with a warranty, I gave it a shot. It took only a few days to arrive. It worked perfectly right out of the box, and has a larger SSD than I would have probably used - which is a good thing, if you like your apps to load in an eyeblink! And being rack mounted means I'm using previously wasted space, and gaining useful space, at my production desk. Plus it looks cool, which is important!All of my software loaded with zero issues (Pinnacle, Corel Graphics Suite, Sonar Platinum with tons of plug-ins, tech writing software, etc.) This computer replaced another i7 powered ASUS, but it benchmarks much higher (and I've not yet overclocked anything!) as it has no slow links in the data chain.I don't see that Sweetwater mentions Thunderbolt in the specs, but it turns out that you can add in the ASUS ThunderboltEX 3 card - the motherboard is ready for it. I did so (but bear in mind that you'll need a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt converter to run anything!)I also doubled the RAM to 64GB (not necessary for just recording/mixing sound), and added a mid-range ASUS graphics card for certain rendering jobs (I'm not a gamer, but this thing benchmarked way up there, if I ever get the itch! Also not needed for most users.) I've topped it off with a 4K 27" monitor. There are still several slots left, BTW; I cannot think of anything else I'd need, however!
Music background: Obsessed garage musician
5/5

An amazing computer!

I'm a composer of orchestral and cinematic music, as well as a sound designer. On the side, I am also an aspiring fine art photographer. Between composing large scores using dozens upon dozens of virtual instruments and my photography work I can bring a computer to its knees pretty quick. I bought this computer as a stock model, and added a few internal SATA drives for my projects. On the first day of use I worked on a photograph in Photoshop that used up 29gb of the computers 32gb of RAM! That was no sweat for this computer, it didn't slow down or show any signs performance degradation. It saved this massive project in under a minute. As far as music production is concerned, I am now able to run latency down to 64 samples, even 32 if I really wanted to, and still have the computer process my large orchestral projects without any issues.I am very impressed with this computer and would recommend it to anyone needing super low latency or large projects.
Music background: Composer/Photographer
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