PCAudioLabs Rok Box MC 7xs Preview

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Before we run down the software bundle, here's a quick shot of the Intel RST BIOS configuration screen in the Rok Box, that shows right after POST.



As you can see, the 20GB Intel SSD is setup in a RAID 0 and listed as a "cache disk."  Specifically, this SSD is caching the 500GB Seagate Barracuda drive, while the other two 1TB and 2TB drives are not in an array.  All told it's a real nice setup for speed and throughput on the OS volume with lots of secondary bulk storage.



PCAL keeps their installation otherwise free of bloatware, along with a clean setup of the OS.  The "Anniversary Bundle" as they call it, comes with ~ $600 of full version software.  We'll run through some of the highlight apps.

We can’t profess to be audio production professionals here at HotHardware, but it behooves us to give you all a glimpse into the myriad of editing and production tools included with the PCAudioLabs Rok Box MC 7xs. The list of applications installed on the machine included:
  • Sonar X1 Essential
  • Komplete 7 Elements
  • VielKlang Instant Harmony 1.5
  • Xils 3se
  • Amplitube Free
  • Sampletank Free
  • Nimbit.com subscription
In addition to the applications listed here, the Rok Box MC 7xs also includes a myriad of different audio and sample effects to the tune of almost 30GB worth of media.
 

Cakewalk's Sonar X1 Essential 

Sonar X1 Essential features support for 64 audio tracks and unlimited midi-tracks, a Matrix view, Step Sequencer 2.0, and a variety of included instruments and effects, including the Cakewalk sound center. The Matrix view can be used to make percussion or sound arrangements (among other things) and the suite offers pro-level production tools that aid users through all steps of the process from sound arrangement to editing to equalization and final production.

 

Amplitube Free

Amplitube Free offers 24 sound models for guitarists, including 9 stomps, 4 amps, 5 cabs, 3 mics, 2 rack effects and a tuner, and more models can be added via an on-line shop. SampleTank Free is a full-featured version of SampleTank 2.5, with a 500MB samples library, with 16 part multitimbral and easy layerable / mixable parts, along with 3 synth engines with built-in DSP and multi-effects tools as well. This software suite definitely left me hankering to dust off the old Fender Twin Reverb for a twist of the volume nob, making those vacuum tubes glow a bit warmer.


Komplete 7 Elements

Komplete 7 Elements is comprised of a suite of production-ready sounds and effects and includes studio-quality tools to aid in production. The Komplete Elements collection also offers three player engines—Reaktor 5 for synthesizers, Guitar Rig 5 for amplifiers, cabinets and effects, and Kontakt Player 5 for sampled instruments—which can be used stand-alone or within your DAW (digital audio workstation).

VielKlang Instant Harmony can be used to harmonize melodies and XILS 3 is a virtual instrument based on the architecture of a classic matrix based modular synthesizer. PCAudioLabs also throws in a Nimbit.com subscription to make it easy to sell your music or merchandise on Facebook.
 

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great. now you're making me want it even more.

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Oh God! Totally geeking out. Those screenshots of Amplitube and Komplete 7 are serious eye candy!

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Very nice system. I like how compact and clean it looks. They did a good job with the limited room in there. My brother would love this machine. He's been trying to find a good way to record his music, and using his iPhone just isn't cutting it. Here's hoping I win it so we can get a good recording of all his work.

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Lots packed inside a small case, decent cabling.

rooooook box! :)

Loved the video review as well!

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Great review Dave! The performance and benchmarks are looking pretty damn sweet! To include the software just sweetens it even more!

I didn't know the about the almost 30GB of audio and sample effects being included! It would probably take hours and hours to go through them, mind you, PCAudioLabs know what they're doing so they are most likely all neatly organized!

(Holy exclamation marks Batman!) :D

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30GB of samples is a library of sound to work with. This PC is so friggin' unique,..............

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Cool system review Dave and Marco; I would of liked it if you analyzed the sound quality but hey, what we got is pretty good...

From the stuff we've been shown; this system is even more amazing then it was before. I mean 30GBs of audio samples and tons of different drum and guitar kits... I knew it had variety but I didn't know if had this amount of variety in it... I'm guessing a person who's competent in electronic instruments will be able to do some wonders with this; sure beats my Vir2 VI ONE instruments kit.

Univerally, this is a computer any audio professional must have.

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Awesome, thanks for the preview Dave. I bet its hard to tell if the computer is even running! It looks super quiet. This system is definitely built for audio editing. Thanks again for the awesome give-away!

I am a little surprised by the os drive though. I would have used a bit faster drive even though you have the ssd caching. Also being an multimedia person I would have added an extra e-sata or firewire 800 card instead of the 400. I'm sure PCAudioLabs know what they are doing considering it's their job! Other than that it looks like a great system and some lucky person will have a lot of fun with it, especially the software bundles with it!

Also a dumb question, why doesn't an audio editing workstation have a dedicated sound card?

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Love the review on this beauty not that I have not gone through every system on there site already right after this contest was announced.

Plus all of this specifically is AWESOME

1. Sonar X1 Essential (pre-installed)

2. Komplete 7 Elements (pre-installed)

3. VielKlang Instant Harmony 1.5 (pre-installed)

4. Xils 3se (pre-installed)

5. Amplitube Free (pre-installed)

6. Sampletank Free (pre-installed)

7. Nimbit.com subscription (on desktop)

8. Obedia Video Package (on desktop)

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Drake_McNasty:
Also a dumb question, why doesn't an audio editing workstation have a dedicated sound card?

Asked the same question; apparently the on-board sound on the motherboard is good enough to do the job... I personally think it isn't but we have come a long way and maybe on-board sound is as good as those sound cards, maybe...

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