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Hi my name is anthony, i ride a Suzuki SV1000S And want a computer on it, ok no not really but i might put one in my girls Scion XB and i am thinking of buying one of my own so i might want on e in there, i want a carputer because it seams that no one makes a nice DD raido that has good sound control in mind, i think i can do that with a car pc, i like how the g4 looks. just need to find the right sound card and softwear for it. i am not good with computers, but i am a MECP installer nd love car audio. I cyrrently install breathlizers for people that get DUI's. but i am done wiwht all of that at the end of the month, then i am becoming a dention deputy(prison gaurd0. but done with my rambling, you all seam like good peopl cant wate to start my project and look forward to helping in any way i can
Yep, carputing can be a lot of fun, depending on a person's notion of fun. Most regular people (not audio/computer/electronic geeks) scratch their heads and say "THAT'S fun?...."
You know that computers in general can be entertaining, but despite Norton and various other automatic maintainencing apps...can still be frustrating and a lot of work.
Multiply this frustration and extra work by some factor if it's a carpc.
For me, one of the best parts is reading and learning from other's carputing experiences, then putting pencil to paper and planning one's own dream car system. I initially just wanted mine to play cd's ripped at the very best quality for xlnt car sounds...
Take some time to read and search mp3car and other forums.
Word of warning....****HIGHLY ADDICTIVE****!!!!!!!!!!
Im gonna try just bumping this instead of making a new thread.
I know have control over said Scion XB and i am staring to build, what i hope to be, a decent SQ set up inside of it. So far i have Hertz Esk 165 in stock locations and a ARC XXD4080 placed underneath the Headunit in my dash the front channles power my front stage and the rears are bridged to power an ARK KS12, in a very ugly sealed box. I am planning on rebuildign ti soon and i think i might port it this time, but im not sure. Soon i would like to upgrade my HU to a 9887 and then buy a new sub amp so i cna go active on the front end.
Now on to the Carpc stuff. I was origonaly thinking of taking the radio out all together and then using a Pc inplace, i dotn think i really want to go that far. My new idea is to mount a screan between the visors, and use it for Nav, MP3's, some video, rear view camera, OBd softwear and maybe an RTA. If i ever go as far as a stand alone DEQ that takes a pc to tune it, us the car pc for that as well. I am thinkign of buying one of the mini kits in the sites store. One thing im worried about is the length of the wiring from my rear view mirror to the Pc i am thinking about mounting it under the pass or driver seat. Is that gonna be an issue?
So any one have any advice for me?
why not use a program like console or audiomulch, and go full active with a computer controlled setup?
if you already have the amps, console is $50 something for a license, and audio mulch is something like $200, and can do everything a bitone can do--even more(though if you are planning on competing in sq, search for some of redgti's threads on bit perfect computer audio)
overall, i think that the wire length should be ok--just yesterday, i finished running 12ft of usb cable from my carputer under the passenger seat to the top of the windshield for a wireless antenna, and it is working great.
but thank you for your response
For my part, I am not interested in competing; just like nice sounds for self and pasengers.
I have a PCI sound card made by Creative; the Sound Blaster hi-fi model. It has eq, thx, and something they call a "crystallizer" which restores highs, especially percussion to older recordings or lacking recordings.
As for cabling, my CarPC is installed in my rear cargo area in Dodge Caliber (read trunk), along with amplifiers and all power and audio cabling terminations.
The usb, vga video, remote start wiring are all quality bought or homemade cables. I carefully removed my plastic mouldings around door thresholds and such, and ran all wires and cabling under plastic mouldings.
On previous install, I ran all cableson one side of car only, this time I ran power and control wiring on one side of car, audio and shielded vga on other side. this was done because I have lots of cables, and to keep power and audio from having cross-talk problems. Worked fully well.
Try hard to hide wiring; it enhances the "magic" of your install, and believe me, you WILL get tired of looking at exposed wiring day in day out.
Best of success to you!
there are plugins that do eq and time alignment-- console, and audiomulch are known as vst hosts-- and the plugins are known as vst plugins-- you can add as many plugins as your processor can handle(each plugin takes cpu power, so you eventually run out).. for plugins, i like to go to www.kvraudio.com-- they have tons of free, and paid plugins.
redgtiv6's threads are good if you are interested in competing, and from what i understand, most of the rules for sq comps rely on playing a cd, and so the computer aspect of it might actually make building a competition sq system tougher(search for the thread on bit-perfect audio).
overall, most soundcards will work with the software, but some cards require other programs to work properly.
a good link to start you off: