Intel, PCAudioLabs and PC Perspective Rok Box System Sweepstakes!!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems | March 5, 2012 - 03:32 PM |
Tagged: pcaudiolabs, pcal, Intel, giveaway, contest

UPDATE: Contest is closed!  We'll announce a winner in the next couple of days!! Thanks to all who entered and to our sponsors for allowing us the chance to give away this kick-ass system!

UPDATE 2: Congratulations to user Cameron Berry as they are the winner of the PCAudioLabs sweepstakes sponsored by PC Perspective and Intel!!  Thanks to everyone that participated and be sure to stay tuned for more contests right here on pcper.com!

Our fans and readers have supported PC Perspective since its formation in 2004 and even before that back in the days of amdmb.com and athlonmb.com, and because of that support, we have been able to provide you with reviews and information on a continuous basis that we feel are the best in the industry.  And when we get the chance to give back to you, we jump at the chance and that is just what happened a couple weeks ago when our long time friends at Intel introduced us to the folks at PCAudioLabs for a sweepstakes of impressive proportions.

For the next two weeks we are giving our readers the chance to win a complete PCAudioLabs computer based on the Intel X79 platform and Sandy Bridge-E!!  If you aren't familiar with PCAudioLabs, here is a rundown of their mission from their website:

PCAudioLabs was formed early in 2000 by Thomas Bolton and Fred Rosenbloom. At the time, they were both working at Steinberg North America in the technical department and they noticed a great need for more educational tools for music production. With a video camera and a desire to inform, they started making in depth tutorial guides to some of the biggest software products in music production. The company was a huge success but it quickly became apparent that even if people knew how to use their software, it wouldn’t be of much help if the computer they were trying to use it on didn’t do its job.

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PCAudioLabs built their first custom DAW for world renowned Engineer/Producer Mark Howard and within months they were the hottest system builders in the country. Besides the enormous list of pro users that have chosen PCAudioLabs, AMD, Intel and Microsoft have all turned to PCAudioLabs whenever they have audio needs.

In 2007, PCAudioLabs tripled in size, moving into a new location and increasing staff to meet demand. By NAMM 2008, PCAudioLabs was not only the supplier of PC’s for music software giants Steinberg and Cakewalk, but also hardware manufacturers such as Roland, Yamaha and Euphonix.

Although our task is technical, we know our staff needs to be able to relate to you and your situation. That’s why not only are the people who will build your system experts in computing, they are also musicians. In fact, any person you e-mail or speak to at PCAudioLabs makes music, so you’ll never have to worry about asking a musical question and getting a technical response – we speak your language.

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Inside this brand-new generation of Rok Box you'll find an Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E processor along with a great Intel DX79TO motherboard.  Kingston has supplied 16GB of DDR3 memory to keep your audio creation rolling even with a ton of applications loaded up.  Storage is powered by a 240GB Intel 510 SSD as well as dual 1TB spinning drives for recording and sampling simultaneously.  ASUS has provided the GTX 560 Ti CUII TOP graphics card and the entire system is powered by an 850 watt Antec High Current Pro power supply.  In total, the system from PCAudioLabs will retail for right around $3,000!!

That isn't all though as PCAudioLabs has included full versions of software required for audio production including Cakewalk Sonar X1 Essential, Native Instruments Komplete Element's, IK Multimedia's Amplitube FREE and much more.  The software alone is valued at more than $600 bringing the total value here to over $3,600!  See the PCAudioLabs website for more details.

I am sure you are interested in the system itself so we have created a short video to go over the hardware as well as the software included in this bundle - check it out!

Without a doubt you are wondering what you have to do to win this system.  The steps are simple:

  1. Visit the PCAudioLabs Facebook page at http://facebook.com/pcaudiolabs, "Like" it and leave a comment on the wall if you want as well, thanking them for supporting PC Perspective and the audio creation community.  They are supporting PC Perspective by giving us this system and allowing US to support YOU with the giveaway, so get over here and support THEM!
     
  2. Leave a comment on this PC Perspective post below (registration is not required, though recommended) telling us and the PCAL crew what you plan to do with this system, how you'll utilize its power in your audio creation projects, etc.  What will the Rok Box improve or make easier for you?
     
  3. And if you want to follow us for more PC hardware news and upcoming contests you can do so at several locations.  http://twitter.com/pcper  http://facebook.com/pcper and http://gplus.to/pcper

That's it!  Our sweepstakes will run between today at end at 12:01am EST on March the 6th.  If you don't have your entry in by then, you are out of luck.  We will pick a random winner from the comments and ship the system out that week in March.  You are responsible for any taxes / tariffs but we'll cover the shipping to anywhere in the world. 

A HUGE thanks goes out to our friends at PCAudioLabs and Intel for making this possible and we hope you all appreciate the work that goes into putting something like this on.  Also, thanks goes to Antec, ASUS and Kingston for their support as well.  

Good luck to everyone and happy audio editing!!

February 22, 2012 | 04:11 PM - Posted by Digitalphoenix0 (not verified)

This would be awesome for the audio/visual processing I'm doing at school, right now I'm specifically trying to come up with a way to dynamically filter out irregular microphone interference.

February 22, 2012 | 04:11 PM - Posted by Digitalphoenix0 (not verified)

This would be awesome for the audio/visual processing I'm doing at school, right now I'm specifically trying to come up with a way to dynamically filter out irregular microphone interference.

February 22, 2012 | 05:45 PM - Posted by AlphaMaelstrom (not verified)

I've never been able to afford audio equipment, and my current PC is almost 10 years old. Honestly, I quit writing, and singing and such years ago when I got yoko ono'd out of the band I was in. If I won, I'd start again. I wouldn't need anyone else, and I could rediscover the love of making music I once had again.

February 22, 2012 | 05:46 PM - Posted by D McCollough (not verified)

Thanks PC Perspective and Pc Audio Labs for the giveaway! Would love to give that to my son who has a vision problem, but loves music

February 22, 2012 | 05:50 PM - Posted by DJ Zero One (not verified)

Here's what I would do if I won: I will start by unplugging my my ancient MusicXPC and hook up my Digi002 console, my MPC, my APC20, and at least 2 mics for percussion instruments to my awesome new computer and I WILL SERENADE THE STAFF OF PC AUDIO LABS with the most INSANEST, GLITCHIEST, UBER FRESH, BASS HEAVY ELECTRONIC MUSIC UNTIL THEY BEG ME TO TURN IT OFF, but because it will be so loud, I won't hear them and mis-read their lips and respond "TURN IT UP? WELL OK, HERE IT GOES" at which point madness will ensue and we will "tear da roof off" of whatever "mutha" we happened to be at. Word to big bird.

To be honest, I am getting into rendering larger files and running more complex VST instruments which severely bog my system down. I am seriously limited on processing power when using VST plugins during a mixing session in Pro Tools, and would love to be able to perform multiple tasks without the risk of failure. I have lost many a good takes this way, and I would be thrilled to have a nice new computer to work on. Thanks for the contest :)

February 22, 2012 | 06:14 PM - Posted by Lurpak

I think I would use this for my spare time projects, which is photo editing, video editing and gaming. And if I win this rig, then maybe music. I love to listen to music and have been thinking of learning to make music and play some instruments.

February 22, 2012 | 06:32 PM - Posted by pcmac (not verified)

PC Perspective and PCAudioLabs - Infinite Possibilities!

February 22, 2012 | 06:57 PM - Posted by pcmac (not verified)

An awesome collection of hardware and software that will be paired with two Dell U2410 IPS displays and Cakewalk Sonar V-Studio audio interface/control. Here's how it will be used:

1. Sound Design / Engineering (covering all genres).
2. Intermediate 3D modeling; using Google Sketch-Up, etc.
3. Video Gaming; primarily racing and flight simulation.
4. Software Development: Web & Mobile.
5. Home surveillance (summer DIY project).
6. Performing EBay transactions at light-speed!

Thanks for the opportunity.

February 22, 2012 | 07:04 PM - Posted by Nick P. (not verified)

Awesome contest could use a new rig like this Intel, PCPer, and PCAudioLabs FTW!

February 22, 2012 | 10:23 PM - Posted by devinbaines

Thank you PCAudioLabs for making this contest possible and for supporting PCPerspective. That would be an awesome rig to own.

February 22, 2012 | 10:25 PM - Posted by dalepoco

Hi Guys!

I spent all my money on my son's system. I need to upgrade from the Gateway hardware I bought in a rush just before bypass surgery 3 years ago.

Love the show and the site!

dalepoco

February 22, 2012 | 10:33 PM - Posted by Cr1ms0ngh0st

I've dabbled in making some beats nothing crazy, though this machine and software would be sweet! Thanks PC Per and PCAL for the contest.

February 22, 2012 | 10:39 PM - Posted by DashTrash

Thanks PCAL and PCPER! I would mostly use this rig for gaming, but try some home video creation with FANTASTIC audio!

February 22, 2012 | 10:39 PM - Posted by Matthew Roche (not verified)

Well I am just currently putting together a small studio, just got a novation bass station, used to have a room and a half and then some full of air particle tearing goodness in the late 90's early 2000's untill stolen (when this legendary instrument was brand new and cutting f#$%ing edge) and of the first synths i ever played with, this along with the roland jp8000 (original thing with SUPERSAW oscillator waveform) to keep me entranced and completely BASSED OUT!!!, sure could used some flipped out hardware/software to compleate my project as I don't think my antiquated Macs can handle it. Thx pcaudiolabs for this chance !!

February 23, 2012 | 12:57 AM - Posted by TheBradyReport

First, thanks for putting up this kick butt system for the PCPer crowd! I have kids that are interested in music and I also play. I'd also use this system for pod/vid-casting and video/audio editing. (training materials and a video series this summer).

Thanks again and good luck to all!

February 23, 2012 | 12:59 AM - Posted by Jordan (not verified)

I would use this system to create free nonprofit songs which all proceeds would gl directly to charity

February 23, 2012 | 01:07 AM - Posted by MrBlack2 (not verified)

Hopefully 346th is the magic number

February 23, 2012 | 02:30 AM - Posted by matthew best (not verified)

i'd just like to say the only way i'd swap from a mac to a pc is if i had a PCAL box like this. this would totally open up my world software wise and make integrating the pile of vintage synths and samplers that clutter my studio that much easier. if i had this box i'd be making a multitude of heads nod.

February 23, 2012 | 04:59 AM - Posted by James65807 (not verified)

Would love to have this nice gaming rig and a home entertainment music machine.

February 23, 2012 | 07:01 AM - Posted by Arthur Durand (not verified)

I honestly can't think of something to do with that Rok Box!!! Great Giveaway, thanks!

February 23, 2012 | 07:52 AM - Posted by travis (not verified)

NEATO! If i get it, I will use it for chiptune performances.

February 23, 2012 | 09:27 AM - Posted by Joe S (not verified)

Would love to fix the audio on our old home movies, fix'em up a bit. A little gaming on the side wouldn't hurt either...

February 23, 2012 | 11:20 AM - Posted by Grim1ock77 (not verified)

Go PC Per, I could always use another computer for my house or my classroom.

February 23, 2012 | 11:58 AM - Posted by PimpSmurf (not verified)

I would love to add this system into den and hook it up to my surround sound to play games/edit video and have as a seriously kick butt family PC.

February 23, 2012 | 01:39 PM - Posted by TinkerToyTech

I would really like to win this system to expand my expansive audio and video horizons!

February 23, 2012 | 02:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thank you PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs

February 23, 2012 | 03:40 PM - Posted by Korah_Dubstep (not verified)

Thanks for having this guys, awesome idea =D If I won this my productions would come a huge way and I would finally be able to do what I want to do with my music. I am currently using something with 1 gig of ram and the worst processor that's ever been created lol. I've been trying to get the money from my unemployment insurance to upgrade my computer right now but the government is really screwing me over =/

February 23, 2012 | 03:47 PM - Posted by SCV (not verified)

Thanks for the Contest. I could definitely use a new, silent PC.

February 23, 2012 | 05:22 PM - Posted by Shane Dickson (OregonSlacker) (not verified)

I'd really love this system, it would be great for all my audio and video needs, not to mentioning how much time would be saved by the extreme processor. I'm sure days are saved per project with such an awesome system, and its even beast enough to play games when its time to relax and get some killing done!

February 23, 2012 | 05:25 PM - Posted by Tcsduo@gmail.com

Would like to help my brother with his band's music anyway I can but need to try to get a new computer for that haha

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