Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Rain Introduces New Event A2 Mini Audio Computer For Songwriters

Rain Computers, world-renown designer of high performance audio, video and graphics workstations for clients including Conan O’Brien, Aerosmith and Disney has released the new version of it’s popular Event Mini Audio Computer called Event A2 (A for audio, 2 because it’s the second generation). This diminutive music maker – which starts at a diminutive $799 – is designed for songwriters in search of a digital scratch pad they can use to easily demo new songs and record ideas.

Like its predecessor, Event A2 is based on the latest dual- and quad-core APU technology designed by AMD for high-efficiency, great performance and a stunning visual display through its built-in Radeon HD graphics processor, part of the APU architecture.

Since finding that the musical community was hungry for a low price, entry level system still capable of being the most powerful and stable platform for popular creative software like Pro Tools and Cubase, Rain has been on the hunt for ever increasing levels of power and flexibility while maintaining a budget-friendly price for those who can do without the ultimate in power (and expense).

“There are a lot of us here at Rain, including myself, who come from the songwriting and performance side of the music biz. We don’t need a super-power system to run a big studio; we’re just looking for a solid computer that will get out of the way while we’re doing a quick demo of a new song. That’s the type of artist Event A2 is perfectly designed for.” explained Rain Computers CEO, Kevin Jacoby.

Like all computers from Rain, Event A2 is tested and certified with the most popular creative software and hardware. Rain users are partial to names like Pro Tools, FL Studio, Cubase and the audio interface hardware that always go along with them.

Features of the second generation Event include the option for a powerful 2.6GHz quad-core processor, up to 16GB of 1600MHz memory, high speed Solid State Drive (SSD) technology by Corsair and a long list of other things you’d be surprised to find Rain could fit in a computer designed to fit on a bookshelf.

Right out of the box you’re able to run two full size displays and the Windows 7 64-bit operating system is perfectly tuned for performance and stability. The only thing that’s missing is the crippling bloatware included with off-the-shelf computers from Dell, Apple, HP and the likes. The new Event A2 is available now through the Rain Custom Shop as well as select Rain Authorized Dealers including Guitar Center, American Musical Supply, Amazon.com and Best Buy starting at $799 for the dual-core and $999 for a quad-core with 8GB of memory and a 500GB high performance hard drive.

For more information, visit the product page.
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6 Comments on Rain Introduces New Event A2 Mini Audio Computer For Songwriters

#2
jtech
This is awesome!

I have a laptop by these guys. They know their S$%T when it comes to gaming, performance and pro media! Kudos to TPU for finally hearing about them!
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#3
james888
Nothing one of us couldn't build easily for much much cheaper. Onboard audio on an audio centered pc? Really?
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theJesus
by: james888
Nothing one of us couldn't build easily for much much cheaper. Onboard audio on an audio centered pc? Really?
Anybody using this for it's intended purpose should have an external audio interface.
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#5
Completely Bonkers
by: james888
Nothing one of us couldn't build easily for much much cheaper. Onboard audio on an audio centered pc? Really?
Agreed. This is very expensive considering the price is WITHOUT dedicated audio hardware. If you buy just this, you are using on board. To make this product anywhere decent, you need to buy dedicated pro audio hardware. But then you might as well use ANY PC or Mac. You'd get a lot more with a regular shuttle or silentPC or hushPC as your x86, and then add a decent low-latency external audio.

I find their claim "it just works" when you plug in the audio hardware rather a stretch. It has NOTHING to do with these guys but the compatibility of MS Windows and the audio drivers that come with the 3rd party hardware. HOW these guys can claim ease of use of THEIR product when it has nothing at all to do with what they are selling is indicating to me they are targetting a "dumb" and "gullible" section of the market.
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jtech
As a studio owner, i can tell you first hand, you cant just go and buy an off the shelf system unless you know how to tune an OS (PC). Granted, we may, but most of my colleagues are petrified of a registry. My system by these guys had no crapware, and was set to run pro audio without latency spikes or dropouts. Not only that, they knew how to run and setup ProTools, my HD cards as well as my virtual instruments and plugins. cant get that from Dell. And as far as onboard audio, of course there is onboard sound. Find me a mobo that doesn't have onboard audio that's worth the silicone its made of.
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