What would you suggest as the best way to reduce noise coming from a computer or a cooling solution which makes the least amount of noise?
I'm using my set up to create audio plays and books, which tend to rely on clear speech. So noiseless recording is pretty essential. I'm still test marketing this at the moment and trying to refine my approach to recording during this time.
I don't think I'll be able to afford water cooling technology yet. It appears to be a gamer's luxury spend. If this means I'm going to be stuck with rotary fans then I should be looking at the least noisy ones, I guess. But where to start? Any recommendations/ reviews from people here might be a good start.
My studio is definitely still a work in progress. So far, I've had put into this build, some reasonably good quality fans - and I have built an isolation cabinet which de-couples the machine from it's surroundings and is situated under a very heavy desk I built, which is anchored mainly via the walls, upon which the rest of my operation sits. But still there seems to be enough general hum and whizz seeping up from down there to interfere with my ears, when scanning quiet mixes. I wouldn't call them especially 'noisy' fans (and I have had some real rattlers in my time) but often it's enough to distract listening or land noise onto my recordings.
I've become very good at post-recording noise removal - and I do intend to build a vocal booth in the corner of the room, when time allows. I'm also investigating silent hardware, expressly for recording purposes, away from any computers - but that's all in the future. Even then, I will be mixing and mastering those recordings on a computer, so this is why I still think it's important.
Any advice - both acoustic and electrical - would be appreciated.