Rackmount Audio Editing & VoxPro Studio PC Build

Latest Ryzen Rackmount pc build is Studio computer for a local radio station. This is going to be a Audio Editing and Voxpro system running on a Wheatnet AOIP (Audio Over IP) network. They had an aging Windows 8 desktop PC doing this work before, and it was time to upgrade them to a much more reliable and definitely more powerful Windows 10 rig.

The beginning build of the video was streamed live on my Twitch Channel. It was there that someone in chat mentioned that I should put RGB into this build. At first I was resistant to adding more to the build as I would be adding it “out of pocket”. The more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t resist the urge to put some RGB into a studio pc. So, I ordered a small kit (linked below) to plug into the Asus motherboard, and decided to add RGB so I could color match the system to the studio lighting…. needless to say it looked amazing.

These are a few shots after the initial build was done right after the live stream was over. There was no hardware testing done, just build and basic cable management. Only minor changes to the caballing were done the next day, this was mostly due to the failed ATX 90 degree bend that was found to be bad. I also cleaned up the front panel cables a bit more, unfortunately I never got shots of those.

Parts used in this build (Amazon Associates Links):

The next day, after I got it on the bench, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering some LED strips for this build. I didn’t even charge the customer, I just wanted to put them in. Plus, they were under $20, so I couldn’t resist. Luckily the install of this system wasn’t until the next week, so I had plenty of time for them to get them shipped and installed.

I am a little upset that the ATX connector had a short. This is the second one I have purchased and the first one with a failure like this. I will order a few more, as they are pretty inexpensive, and see if I have any more issues. I am really hoping that this was a rare occurrence. There are other brands that make them as well, so I may give them a try as well.

Luckily this studio was only using blue LED lighting, so color matching was pretty easy. I just had to turn these LED’s down to about 35% light output as the center ones were very bright. Overall the client was very happy, and really loves the look and speed of the new system. I have a feeling I will be building a few more LED studio PC’s in the future.


Technical Side of things:

For those that are curious, this system is running on a WheatNet audio network. It is running a “4 Channel” (each channel is stereo, not mono signal) and can actually output 4 different stereo signals to the audio network. Currently it is configured on the system for 2 that show up on their Surface. The “Surface” would also be considered the “Audio Mixing Board”, but that only for reference in Network based audio. Simply, the Surface is only for control, no audio actually passes through it. Currently one channel is what VoxPro is configured input and output of, and the rest of the computer and software uses a second channel. VoxPro shows up as one input on the Surface, and the rest of the audio shows up as a different selectable source. Being as there is more than enough horsepower in the computer to do all of this, it works quite well. Benefits to using network based audio.


Chenbro Chassis RM42300-F | Magnetic RGB LED Strip | AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB | ASUS Prime B550M-A/CSM | Samsung 860 EVO SSD 1TB

Intel EXPI9301CTBLK NIC | EVGA 500W 100-W1-0500-KR | Excelity 2 Ports USB 3.0 Panel

ARCTIC P8 PWM Case Fan | CY USB 3.0 20pin 90 Degree | CY ATX 24Pin 90 Degree

Asus 24x DVD-RW DRW-24B1ST | Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

Thank you for looking at my latest build, and I will see you guys on the next one!

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Ray “AudioCraZ” Grens Jr

Updated: October 5, 2020 — 8:01 am

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