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 20, 2012 | 03:55 PM - Posted by Justin (not verified)

Hello, I am currently a DJ and Music Producer (this is my job/living) and right now am using a buckled down AMD system with an "alright" sound card. With this kind of machine, I could be easily doing my songs and remixes up at much better speeds and with better feedback.
Right now the latency I have to write my music with does not provide adequate feedback and I feel that this machine is going to be nothing but success for me and my dreams. Thank you guys for making such a good community for us.

February 20, 2012 | 03:57 PM - Posted by Madeleine (not verified)

I'd love to win because I'm a non-trad, returning college student, and although it's not my major, I'm taking some audio engineering classes on the side, so it'd be nice to have a machine that's beast mode and have enough power to never slow me down while I toy around in all these shiny applications like pro tools.

February 20, 2012 | 04:03 PM - Posted by Mangix (not verified)

oh this will make composing Acid Trance a lot easier. awesome gaming performance too!

February 20, 2012 | 04:04 PM - Posted by Igor Boyarintsev

Thanks to PC Perspective, and PC Audio Labs! Help his son make music

February 20, 2012 | 04:11 PM - Posted by Lewis (not verified)

Thanks PCPer and PCAudioLabs! This rig would be awesome in my house!

February 20, 2012 | 04:25 PM - Posted by Tony Mac (not verified)

This would make a great gift for a good friend of mine. He's a major audio guy and this will definitely help him out.

February 20, 2012 | 04:35 PM - Posted by Charles M (not verified)

Thanks PC Per & PC Audio Labs.

Basically, I would love to win this machine as it'd be a substantial upgrade from my Athlon quad-core, like wise it fits my small system needs. I'd primarily use it to record and edit the podcast that I produce, as well as doing some light video editing & transcoding work for publishing to Youtube.

More so Rok Box would be a great addition to my arsenal of tools for the pure power of the machine. For audio editing my current machine is adequate, but it still takes a good chunk of time to compile & transcode the audio from the lossless WAV format to the lossy MP3 format used for publishing. More so, the video portion of my work would be cut down to 1/4th the time it would normally take. Which is a huge increase in productivity.

February 20, 2012 | 04:45 PM - Posted by Kevin Cardinale (not verified)

Greetings,

I am known as Kevin Cardinale and Shakaama [a.k.a. Kevin Hatcher]

I think the planets are really aligning for me. This contest has come exactly at a time when I have been looking for equipment to launch my singing career help me in my singing career dream. For the past few weeks I've been researching the best rig to put together for this exact purpose.

I have contacted several people from youtube who are engineers and singers and gotten input from them as well. Winning this, would be a godsend, both financially and alleviate the headache of putting all of this together myself. I have tried to do all of this myself, with the current equipment I have, which turned out like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hChSk8_RcU&feature=channel_video_title

As you can see, it was sub-par. I decided, I would serve my purposes best by improving my voice and saving money to buy better equipment.

Thank you Intel, Pc Per, Pc Audiolabs, Antec, and Asus.

Kevin Cardinale "Kc"

February 20, 2012 | 04:48 PM - Posted by William (not verified)

ThiS would be a great dedicated box for my VoiceOver work. No more sharing with the wife and mucking around with software changes to the environment over time.

February 20, 2012 | 04:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I would like to create new music styles, like chillstep.

February 20, 2012 | 04:59 PM - Posted by Myndmelt (not verified)

I have been thinking about making a music creation system for a while but I really havn't had the time or money to dedicate to building a separate system with high end components. I would use the system for creating free high-quality songs that I would make available online, as well as do some video editing for skits and song that would be posted to Youtube. I also have a few website projects that need some music themes added to them and the use of a system like this would greatly help me into getting this done. The Rok Box would make things easier to me by adding a seperate system that I could leave connected to my musical recording gear instead of my current one system that I use for gaming, coding, surfing, etc.

February 20, 2012 | 05:00 PM - Posted by platta13 (not verified)

Winning this system would allow me to start into audio mixing, it's something i have looked into but i piece together most of my computers from spare parts.... Can't do too much with it.

February 20, 2012 | 05:01 PM - Posted by idbaghera (not verified)

If I won, i use it on video editing on events, powerfull computer, i like that. Thank you for chance to win such a computer

February 20, 2012 | 05:12 PM - Posted by snowbound999

Sure would be nice rig to get into audio editing.

February 20, 2012 | 05:13 PM - Posted by Jonny G (not verified)

Gunna setup an awesome 6 screen, surround sound driving simulator with this beast of a system you are giving away.

February 20, 2012 | 05:15 PM - Posted by Bob Loblaw (not verified)

First off I'd like to thank PCAudioLab, PCPerspective and Intel for creating this giveaway.
This rig would help me so much with my friend's videos and podcasts. I would even be able to start creating my own projects on the side. My current computer is showing it's age as of late lol.

February 20, 2012 | 05:41 PM - Posted by Kalopsia (not verified)

Thank you for hosting this giveaway, such an awesome rig! I want this badly. Good Luck everyone :)

February 20, 2012 | 05:45 PM - Posted by ariesjj (not verified)

Being a music enthusiast, I would love to have this system as a part of my audio creation setup. Being an aspiring artist, I am always looking for ways to improve the quality of my recordings. I look forward to the opportunity of working with this great piece of equipment if chosen.

February 20, 2012 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nice rig, would use it as my main pc and use my current one for as a home entertainment pc.

February 20, 2012 | 05:59 PM - Posted by FishTWiT (not verified)

I'll use the new pc to better organize my music library and use it in my quest to start a voiceover home business.

Thank you to PCPer, Intel, Antec, ASUS, Kingston and PCAudioLabs for the contest.

February 20, 2012 | 06:10 PM - Posted by Limbert Sanoy (not verified)

This rig would have many useful aspects.
I can play newest games on this,
which i will when i win this due to its monstrous GPU.
I can also do 3d animation alongside my studies.
Iverything will be smooth with its cool processor
and quad stick RAM. this is just wow!

music, audio, video, games,
all these are pawned with this rig.

February 20, 2012 | 06:12 PM - Posted by raulduke

thanks pcper and PCAudioLabs and Intel for making this possible ..

this rigg is sweet, but seems lacking in the audio chipset/card department.
TBH, i think this would make a sweet VM server with 64GB of ram support.. and sneak in some gaming on the side, as well :)
so i probably would get less work done faster ....

good luck every one!

February 20, 2012 | 06:25 PM - Posted by anahamkarah

This machine is a beast!! If I won, I couldn't wait to open up some larger projects of mine that are pretty sluggish, bet this system would make short work of them! Thanks for the contest!

February 20, 2012 | 06:38 PM - Posted by natza

Could really used an upgrade.. Great system!!
this rig could help me very much in my DJing

February 20, 2012 | 06:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

would love to win this for editing videos on and my cousin who likes to write and record his own music would allow him to use it to help edidt his stuff scince hes trying to edit his music on his aunts 10 year old dell atm

February 20, 2012 | 06:44 PM - Posted by metalmechanic

Would b nice to do some real editing. All I have now is the software that came with my creative sound card. This would be a huge step in the right direction to putting some songs together properly!

February 20, 2012 | 06:49 PM - Posted by Twaddler Belafonte (not verified)

With this bad mickeyfickey I could pound some serious tracks together. Also I would make love to it. Manually.

February 20, 2012 | 07:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i would use it for audio for shows i want to make and on the side gaming

February 20, 2012 | 07:27 PM - Posted by wes estama (not verified)

Please pick me it would be a sick upgrade from a single core amd sempron and with the pc I could destroy PCAudioLabs and Pcper enmines with the videos and music i can create.

February 20, 2012 | 07:34 PM - Posted by Eric (not verified)

I've been building my own PCs since I was 5. That's 30 years. I have not once had the spare cash to be able to outright BUY a working PC in that entire time. In addition to that, I have numerous friends who create their own music in various forms who need a place to record it. I already have a sound-proofed room...help me out with the PC to put in it!

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