Products / Solstice

Solstice Home Studio Powered By AMD Phenom II. AMD's powerful Quad- and Hex-Core processors bring amazing speed and value to the Solstice Home Studio system. Designed and configured by Rain to provide a stable platform for your music creation, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional. Fully upgradable, the Home Studio can easily become the heart of a pro environment.

Home Studio

Hard working, powerful and quiet system. Perfect for home recording, and yet fully configurable into a professional power-house.

Home Studio Plus

The Home Studio system configured with the most popular upgrades for more power, speed, memory and enhanced noise reduction.

Overview

Specs

Solstice specifications
Home Studio Home Studio Plus
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz AMD Phenon II X6 1055T 2.8GHz (up to 3.4GHz)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
Memory 2GB Corsair DDR3 PC2-1066 4GB Corsair DDR3 PC2-1066
OS Drive 500GB Samsung F3 SATA II (Up to 1TB) 500GB Samsung F3 SATA II (Up to 1TB)
Audio Drive Combined with System Drive, upgradable to 1TB 1TB Samsung F3 SATA II
Optical Drive DVDR/RW DVDR/RW
USB 10 USB 2.0 (6 rear, 2 top, 2 int) 10 USB 2.0 (6 rear, 2 top, 2 int)
FireWire 2 Ports on TI Chipset 2 Ports on TI Chipset
Graphics ATI Radeon 4250
VGA, DVI-d, HDMI
ATI Radeon 4250
VGA, DVI-d, HDMI
PCI/PCIe 2x PCI, 1x PCIex1, 1x PCIex16 2x PCI, 1x PCIex1, 1x PCIex16
LAN Gigabit Gigabit
Audio 7.1 HD Multimedia onboard
Compatible with all USB, FW or PCI audio interfaces
7.1 HD Multimedia onboard
Compatible with all USB, FW or PCI audio interfaces
PSU Corsair 430W Corsair 430W
Input Wired, wireless and laser options Wired, wireless and laser options
OS Windows 7 32bit Windows 7 64bit
Warranty One year hardware warranty
Lifetime technical support
One year hardware warranty
Lifetime technical support
Price (inc VAT) £599 £719

1GB = One billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.

Software

Hardware

Testimonials

Customer Testimonials & Reviews

Read what Rain Customers think about their Solstice workstation:

"Rain's Solstice proves that you don't have to find a pot of gold to afford a specialist PC offering good performance and low acoustic noise"

Martin Walker
Sound On Sound

"Dear Rain, Just sending you this message to give you a giant thumbs up in regards to my Solstice machine. Finally I have a system that provides zero restrictions for creative music composition. Multiple tracks of VST instruments, assorted effects, running glitch free with multiple tracks of audio.

With my previous system I could not even run 2 instances of Moog Modular with out an issue. Now with the Solstice machine the ability to freely asign any combination of vsti with effects & audio arrangements, has freed up my compositions and brought back the means to go crazy with ideas, with no fear of running out of grunt in the processor/reliabilty department!

I use the following software/hardware with the Solstice:
Cubase 4, Arturia Moog Modular, Arturia CS-80,
Waldorf Attack Percussion, Stienberg Halion sampler, and assorted 3rd party VST instruments, outboard synths include, Fairlight MFX series 3, Waldorf XTK Wavetable synth, Korg micro, Emu Mo Phat. Alesis io2 usb audio interface, M-audio 88 usb controller keyboard.

So, Thank you for your powerful & dedicated music/audio computer. It truly comes to the party regarding power and performance!"

Andy Frampton

"I have to say I've had no problems at all with it, despite hitting it with some of the biggest mix projects I've ever had to deal with. It's great to have a machine with this kind of horsepower, because it allows me to choose the most appropriate plug-ins for the mix job at hand, without having to make quality compromises to conserve CPU horsepower, and there are Mix Rescue challenges I can now take on that would have been unthinkable on my previous setup."

Mike Senior
Sound On Sound

"Wow! The computer has exceeded my expectations. - I drive a silver Porsche Boxster S on the weekends- I'm all about looks. This computer has the LOOK. It's classy and perfect for my home recordings... Thank you!!!"

Alan R.

"The recording is coming along great, we love this machine... The Rain Solstice is hands down the best, fastest, easiest unit I have ever used."

Shawn Meister
Guitarist, Underbelly

Digital audio by Rain

Rain's commitment to and development of the AMD platform for digital audio is encapsulated in the Solstice. The Phenom II Quad- and Hex-Core combined with a high performance and compact motherboard, integrated memory controllers and graphics engine makes for an awesome, stable and competent system that will take you wherever you want to go.

Professional Evolution

With room for 8GB of RAM, 4 Terabytes of storage and speeds up to 3.4GHz the fully 64bit compatible Solstice can fulfil your professional needs now or into the future. The Solstice is engineered for compatibility featuring two independent firewire engines, including the essential Texas Instruments chipset, plus 10 USB2.0 ports and an eSATA port, so it's ready for whatever audio interface, MIDI controller or other device you want to plug into it. The integrated graphics engine also gives you a choice of connections — VGA for older monitors, DVI-D for digital monitors and HDMI for high definition connection to the latest large LCD screens. Any two can be used simultaneously in mirrored or extended mode to maximise your desktop potential.