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Sweetwater Custom Computing Creation Station 450x Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from Washington, DC May 8, 2013Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Pro Musician


    This is an incredible machine that is fast, stable, and built with the highest quality of components! I use Cubase 7, UAD-2 cards, and NI Komplete 9 - this thing can definitely keep up!

    Sweetwater's customer service is second-to-none. A special shout-out to my Sales Engineer Mark Maxwell - he walked me though the entire process and helped me make this great decision!

  • from New Orleans, LA December 26, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Keyboardist

    Oh Nelly!!

    If you want to use Pro-Tools LE and run multiple plugins and tracks, this bad boy does the trick. The Xeon 3.5 gets this thing going and with an added 16gb of RAM, 32gbs really does it. My CPU is no longer an issue with recording, so now I can focus on making music instead of being a CPU repairman. My rep, Jeff Green was extremely helpful aa always. Could not be happier.

  • from United States May 2, 2013Music Background:
    Amateur Studio Engineer, musical hobbyist

    Powerhouse for multitracking!!

    This thing is a beast. Way more than I need for my hobbyist/home recording set up, but after upgrading from ProTools 8 to 11, I wanted something that could handle some big projects. I have never been into MACs, being a PC geek for years i really wanted to run my DAW on a windows based system. It's performance is spectacular right out of the box.

  • from United States July 15, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist, home studio enthusiast, hack musician & movie director

    Do not underestimate!

    Outstanding....(The Good)

    I did a lot of research before I pulled the trigger on this one. (In a previous life I was a computer technician.) Yeah, you can build one that specs out more for less money, you can buy one pre built for a little less money, but doesn't spec out.
    But you get what you pay for. And here it is quality and support. I called my Sweetwater sales rep to ask a few questions before I placed my order, and he was very helpful. When my computer arrived, I opened it up and every thing is nice and tidy, no sloppy wires or loose screws. The Creation Station is a beast, I've tried slowing this thing down, can't do it. I run Sonar X1 and Sony Vegas Pro with no problems. I've even opened a load of plug-in's, especially reverb on several tracks just to see if I can slow it down and get some latency, no. I also use my Creation Station for video post-production and it excels at rendering video's as well.

    Now every thing I am comparing the Creation Station 400 to is my Toshiba lap top, which is no slouch. Running Windows 7, i7 quad core running at 2.7gHZ with 8GB ram.

    Well....(The bad, sort of)
    The computer does not come with wi-fi?? okay, I went to Wal-Mart and got a usb device for $30 bucks. Unless you have a lan port near by you'll need one to register all your software. I also use it for a couple wireless apps to control my DAW.

    No blue ray.
    It could also use a better graphics card. I'm going to up grade asap.
    It could also use a project drive. I got a 250GB 10k spindle speed HD for projects. $100 bucks.
    I also suggest maxing out the RAM. I got a couple sticks from Sweetwater when I ordered. Good RAM, no problems.

    In conclusion:

    I've had my Creation Station 450x for a couple of months now, and I can confidently recommend. It has made my creativity flow better, allowing me to record latency free, and I don't have to mess with settings,(Giving me more time to express myself.) This computer is another instrument to express my creative ideas. Get one for yourself and you'll see for yourself.

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