Specialty or niche' products have always caught our attention here at HotHardware, for the simple reason that, when it comes to PCs anyway, attention to detail or a specific characteristic usually equates to something interesting. And after all, we're not into publishing stories and evaluations of uninteresting things here. You are reading the pages of "Hot" Hardware.
PCAudioLabs is a different sort of boutique system builder out of Chatsworth, CA. While so many custom computer systems you see here are targeted toward gamers and mainstream users, the folks at PCAudioLabs, you guessed it, cater to musicians, both professional and amateur, as well as production studios and educational institutions. There aren't many system builders that can say they've worked with the likes of Peter Frampton, the Grand Ole Opry and Eric Clapton. PCAL builds what folks in the music biz call a "DAW" or Digital Audio Workstation. A DAW can come in the form of a notebook, standard ATX tower or a rack-mount chassis. Today we're looking at the PCAL Rok Box MC 7xs, a mini-tower ATX platform built for sweet, melodic content creation.Full disclosure; PCAL sponsored this machine for our Giving Thanks Sweepstakes here at HotHardware. As such, for a variety of reasons, including objectivity and fairness, we won't be running down the usual review gauntlet with this machine. Rather, we'll give you a hands-on look at the product, what it's made of and a quick-take look at performance.
Then of course there's the software complement. The Rok Box we're looking at came setup with PCAL's "Anniversary" bundle which includes Cakewalk Sonar X1, Komplete 7 Elements and VielKlang Instant Harmony 1.5, just to name a few tools of the trade. Let's take look under the hood.