Ringwood, NJ (April 7, 2005)–Rain Recording has announced the Element audio computer. Each component in the Element has been chosen for optimum performance in the recording and mixing environment, and the entire suite of components are matched for peak efficiency and silent operation.
Built in a lightweight aluminum chassis with superior cooling properties, the Element features a Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading, 1GB of RAM, 6 FireWire ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, and a DVD-R drive. Much more than the sum of its specs, the Element benefits from Rain’s expertise in both audio and computer technology. Rain’s holistic approach to system design achieves peak system efficiency and cool operation through precise component balancing.
Bill Paschick explained, “If not bridled by component balancing, software apps can unnecessarily eat up CPU resources. A system that has ‘paper specs’ above a Rain system will often use much higher CPU resources in a given audio software application.” All the different component speeds in the Element are matched or over-specified to eliminate bottlenecks and enhance performance with less resource utilization, less heat, and consequently less fan noise.
The Rain design team has chosen Intel motherboards and processors for their superior performance and reliability. The BIOS is optimized for audio applications, and Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology delivers the power of a dual-processor without added heat. Rain technicians attend Intel certification programs twice a year to be advised on new technologies. Paschick commented, “Our thoroughness ensures that everything is done right at every level, from mounting the motherboard correctly to boxing the computer up with the right foam around the chassis for shipping.”
Even in pro studio situations, convenience often dictates that the computer be close at hand. Ambient noise, however, is a perennial problem, and it is not uncommon for users to spend thousands of dollars sonically isolating their computers, or risk data errors with longer cable runs. The Element Audio PC, however, eliminates the noise problem at its source. By using specially-selected, cooler-running components and its unique aluminum chassis, Rain has been able to reduce the speed of the cooling fans to the point where noise levels are at or below a pro studio noise floor. The Element will simply not interfere with microphone recording even as close as three feet away.
“We don’t assume anything ‘should’ work,” said Paschick. We evaluate all components by testing our systems in real-world applications. We lend systems to people and say, ‘Please try to break this.'” Rain maintains a strict policy of internal component consistency–there are no substitutions based on specifications, even if a similar component is less expensive. Over 30 leading audio software and hardware products have been fully tested and qualified with Rain systems.
“Certification is a good thing,” said Paschick, “but our real-world testing raises the bar much higher in order to obtain the level of reliability we want to bring to our customers.” Rain works closely with leading audio software and hardware manufacturers like Cakewalk, Presonus, and Frontier Design, and is well-known in the industry for proactively championing new configurations and testing new solutions.
From the thumbscrews that enable removal of the chassis lid without a screwdriver to the optional aluminum “RAK” adapter that makes the Element easily rack-mountable while still allowing lid removal, the Element is an elegant, well thought-out design that will please even the most critical audio engineer. “There is a lot of TLC in this machine,” said Paschick. “It is built to last–all the wires are neat, and everything looks pristine. Our biggest passion is the smallest detail, because we want our customers to have a great experience making music, not troubleshooting their system.”
The Element audio computer was made available as of April 4, with an MSRP of $2,799. Visit the Rain Recording online store or find a retailer at www.rainrecording.com.