Z170-A DAW


MusicMaker 4U Rackmount DAW PC: A Workhorse DAW PC Built for Maximum Speed, Connectivity, and Silence

Our MusicMaker 4U Rackmount DAW PC is a workhorse music DAW built for maximum-speed connectivity and silence, in a 4U Rackmount case, including options for astonishingly fast throughput for recording to external drives via blazing fast Thunderbolt 3 and legacy 1394 Firewire.

The MusicMaker is designed to fit into any Home Studio, or Rack and is powerful enough to easily record 8+ tracks at a time, perfect for recording a whole group of musicians live. We have technicians who are also active musicians and record regularly, and have used MusicMaker PCs to record at home. Because of our extensive experience as technicians and recording artists, we are better prepared to help with any questions you may run into.

MOTU AudioThe MusicMaker features Motu's fantastic and extremely expandable line of PCIe based professional sound devices (using the PCIe-424 card) ranging from anywhere between 8-96 Channels of 24bit 96KHz audio, or 12-48 channels of 192kHz audio.

We also offer a special TI Chipset based 1394 card for anyone who would like to use a legacy external sound device. A TI chipset is an industry standard for Firewire, due to major compatibility issues with 1394 that is not based on a TI chipset.

We default our DAW PC with a reasonably priced, but high-end Asus 170-A Motherboard that is compatible with the ASUS ThunderboltEX III Expansion Card, to add Thunderbolt 3 functionality for extreme throughput connectivity at 20Gb/s, and allows for external audio devices that can record at ultra high definition 24bit/ 192KHz audio.

Along with Thunderbolt 3 support, the Z170-A supports SATA Express and NVMe hard drives, with transfer speeds of up to 16.8 Gb/s, versus the current SATA III speeds of 6 Gb/s.

As always, we aren't limited to the options that are on our website, and would be happy to use any compatible motherboard, or component you would like us to special order in for you.

Note: Not all Z170 motherboards support the ASUS ThunderboltEX III Expansion Card or Sata Express, which is one reason we hand selected the ASUS Z170-A for this rackmount MusicMaker DAW PC.










MusicMaker DAW PC Default Motherboard

  • Asus Z170-A
  • Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Processors
  • Intel® Z170 Chipset
  • 1x HDMI ports | 1x DVI-D | 1x VGA | 1x DP
  • Support for ASUS ThunderboltEX III Expansion Card
  • 1x SATA Express Port
  • 2x USB 3.1, 6x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0
  • 8x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (2x from SATA-Express Port)
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN
  • 8-Channel High Definition Audio
  • ATX Form Factor
  • M.2 PCIe x4
  • Max. 64 GB, DDR4
  • OPTIONAL MOTHERBOARD also has WI-FI, HDMI 2.0, 4x More USB 3.1

DAW PC Motherboards

Z170-A - MusicMaker DAW PC Motherboard

Z170-Deluxe - MusicMaker DAW PC Alternate Motherboard

DAW PC Case Features

  • iStar D-400-6-B6SA 4U Rackmount Case
  • Height: 7" (177.8mm)
  • Width: 19" (482.6mm)
  • Depth: 20.8" (528.3mm)
  • Weight starting at: 40lbs
  • 2x Front USB 2.0






Extensive Testing
Each of our Custom PCs go through a rigorous burn-in process. We test our PCs at 100% load for 24-48 hours to test the thermal and acoustic properties. Each PC is custom tailored for cooling and performance at full load. Whether your system is shipped with an OS installed or not, each PC goes through the same rigorous testing process. We check every component and each port thoroughly before your Custom PC ships. Our goal is to ensure stability and longevity as well as the highest performing and Custom PCs on the market!

Clean Software Installs
We install only the software you purchased. We will not install any trial software, advertisements or promotional offers like many of our competitors. We will only install the latest drivers, BIOS updates, patches and service packs available at the time of the build. We will also provide System Restore DVD for any system Featuring Windows™. This can help you quickly wipe the hard disk and restore the operating system to the state when you first received your PC! On top of this we will also provide you with all the original accessories and disks (including Windows™).

No Outsourcing
We do not outsource anything. If you contact sales or technical support, your call or email will be answered by a live professional technician. All of our sales representatives are seasoned technicians that can answer any technical questions, our support representatives are the same people who design, build and test our PCs!

Custom Made In The USA
Every single PC we sell is custom assembled with pride and care in Battle Ground, Washington. We do not simply re-brand, modify or resell other manufacturers' computers. Our focus is quality and long-term reliability using premium high end components.