Audio Computer Purchasing Habits
Please note: This survey is intended for people who purchase their own computers, or are otherwise in charge of purchasing.
After completing this survey, you will receive a coupon good for 10% off any Impact Soundworks purchase before July 21st, 2019.
Do you purchase PCs or Macs for your audio work?
PCs (Windows / Linux-based)
What is your professional status in audio? This includes any & all audio production, editing, voice over, music composition, production, recording, etc. work you do.
Semi-professional (part-time income from audio work)
Professional (full-time income from audio work)
On average, how often do you purchase a new computer?
Every 2 years
Every 3 years
Every 4-5 years
Every 6-8 years
Every 9+ years
What is your typical budget for a new audio computer purchase? Do not include screens, monitors, audio interface, etc.
Less than $1000
$1000 to 1499
$1500 to $1999
$2000 to $2499
$2500 to $2999
$3000 to $3999
$4000 to $4999
Do you buy prebuilt computers?
No, I build my own from the base components.
Yes, I have a local shop assemble it for me.
Yes, I purchase from a major PC brand such as Dell, HP, or Lenovo.
Yes, I purchase from an audio-specific brand such as VisionDAW, Sweetwater, etc.
Yes, I purchase from Apple.
How important is a quiet audio computer to you?
Not at all important (e.g. you keep it in another room)
Not very important - nice to have, wouldn't pay extra for it
Important - will pay more for a quiet PC
Crucial - will pay more, and it MUST be quiet
What form factor (physical size / case) do you prefer for your computer?
Don't care at all / whatever is cheapest
Prefer large / tower
REQUIRE large / tower
Which of the following add-ons or services do you (or would you) find useful when purchasing an audio computer?
Comprehensive system testing to ensure all components work
Pre-installation of operating system
Pre-installation of core DAW software (Cubase, Sonar, Nuendo, REAPER etc)
Optimization of Windows for audio
Pre-installation of non-core audio software (Native Instruments, synths, plugins, etc)
Which of these other features are VERY IMPORTANT to you when purchasing / assembling an audio computer?
PCI/PCI-e expansion slots
Power efficiency (low wattage)
Powerful GPU (e.g. for video editing, gaming, or multi-4K monitor support)
User-upgradable storage / RAM
Portability / low weight
Anything else you want to add about audio computers?
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