For some time now we have been selling selected SCHENKER series as a special AUDIO edition
. We combine the computing power, memory equipment and generous connectivity of
our hardware with DPC latency optimizations
in the firmware, a hardened Windows installation
, a colorful bouquet of tweaks
and support from renowned audio / visual professionals.
Laptops for DJs SCHENKER SLIM 14 AUDIO EDITION:
For maximum portability
The lightweight workhorse with enough power to meet all your DJ needs for the foreseeable future. Features 10th-generation i5 or i7 CPUs, a non-glare 14" Full HD IPS display, a backlit keyboard (white), room for up to a whopping 6 TB of SSD storage and up to 32 GB of RAM. Enjoy supreme connectivity thanks to two USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-C 3.1 / Thunderbolt 3 combo port, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI as well as an SDHC card reader and an RJ45 Ethernet port.
SCHENKER SLIM 15 AUDIO EDITION
: The DJ Flagship
With its outstanding design, sleek 15" form factor and 23-colour backlit keyboard, it's easy to see why we chose the SLIM 15 as the flagship Audio Edition model. It features an 10th-gen i5 or i7 CPU, a 15" non-glare Full HD IPS display, up to 64 GB of RAM and the option to to choose between an additional 2.5" SSD/HDD or a larger battery. Two USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-A 2.0 port for backwards compatibility, one USB-C 3.1 / Thunderbolt 3 combo port, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI as well as an SDHC card reader and an RJ45 Ethernet port make sure you won't need adapters for anything.
(Also available in Red color
Laptops for producers & VJs SCHENKER KEY 16 AUDIO EDITION
: For those who want more
Equipped with a powerful 9th-generation i7 CPU, a 16" Full HD IPS display (144 Hz), up to 64 GB of RAM and a full RGB backlit keyboard, this is the machine we recommend to producers and DJs who want to push their performance further. A maximum 8 TB of storage gives you plenty of room for all your libraries. NVIDIA's brand new GeForce RTX GPU line (up to RTX 2080 Max-Q) allows you to unleash more complex visuals than a video DJ set. Features two USB-A 3.0 ports, two USB-C 3.1 ports, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI as well as an SDHC card reader and an RJ45 Ethernet port.
SCHENKER DTR 15 AUDIO EDITION
: For those who want EVERYTHING
The grand champion of all performance laptops, capable of handling anything you could possibly want to throw at it. "DTR" stands for "desktop replacement", and the name is the game. How about a 5 GHz, 8-core i9 desktop CPU, 64 GB of RAM, up to 12 TB of SSD storage and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080? Of course, it also has superior connectivity: three USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-A 2.0 port for backwards compatibility, one USB-C 3.1 port, one USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 combo port, HDMI, two Mini DisplayPorts, an SDHC card reader and RJ45 Ethernet.
Key Features OUT-THE-BOX READY
We get it: all you want is to just fire up your laptop and start rocking. That’s why we did all the hard work for you in advance! Every SCHENKER Audio Edition laptop comes with its own, hand-crafted installation of Windows 10 Professional that only includes the bare necessities: up-to-date drivers for the hardware components in your machine and a whole lot of system tweaks that ensure peak performance with no effort on your part. MADE-TO-ORDER HARDWARE
Our product portfolio covers every form factor and performance demand you may have - from the super-portable ultrabook to the ridiculously powerful desktop replacement laptop, and everything inbetween. The recommended configurations are fully flexible and most components can be upgraded at a later date as well. We’re ready to help you make sure that your machine stands the test of time! ONGOING TESTING
We’re committed to making sure that every professional who chooses to rely on our machines can really rely on them. To that end, we are working closely with leading industry brands and artists who use our products, keeping up with third-party software and hardware updates - sometimes even pre-release. Ask our support team about compatiblity with your current DJ or production setup! PRO CONNECTIVITY
Not a fan of hubs and adapters? Great - neither are we! Especially not on stage. The machines in the SCHENKER Audio Edition line-up feature multiple USB-A ports for connecting your audio hardware, in addition to nearly all other standard connectors you could possibly have a use for. Find out just how little you’ll have to worry about by navigating to the “Technical Specifications” tab on each product page - or drop us a line. VJS NEED LOVE, TOO
Don’t let the “Audio Edition” label fool you. These laptops were by no means designed exclusively for DJs and music producers. The SCHENKER DTR 15, for example, can be fitted with the most high-end of components available on the market. Are you a VJ, motion designer, interactive or VR content creator in need of some serious firepower? Playing AAA games after hours? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. YOUR LOGO HERE
We appreciate it if you stick with our factory branding - but you don’t have to. We do custom work in-house, allowing you to make your machine truly yours. Want your full colour logo printed directly onto the cover instead? Done. Laser engraving on the space bar? No problem. Contact us about your ideas and we’ll tell you how much can be done with your chosen SCHENKER Audio Edition model. MAKING THE JUMP
Understandably, a lot of potential SCHENKER Audio Edition users won’t be too familiar with Windows itself. Don’t worry - we’ve got your back! Remember that our award-winning support team is ready for you anytime - in fact, every single one of your questions helps us improve, so: ask away! HIGH LEVEL SUPPORT
Wouldn’t it be great if a support person knew that Traktor has nothing to do with agriculture? We think so, too. That’s why we’ve got actual Audio Edition users running support for these machines. Don’t be afraid to get technical with your questions - we’re getting technical on a daily basis. Our knowledge base will also feature a frequently updated list of hardware and software that has been successfully tested in live conditions with each machine. Because that’s how it should be done KEEP UPDATES IN CHECK
One of the common pet peeves among digital live performers are unwanted system updates. This was our reason for choosing Windows 10 Professional as the basis for our custom installations. Unlike the Home version commonly found on off-the-shelf laptops, this version allows in-depth control over your machine’s update behaviour. If you’re touring, you can completely suspend any updates for a total of up to 35 days. You can also define Active Hours - a time slot of up to 18 hours each day during which updates can’t even be triggered manually.
Cores, bits and bytes.. the performance and hardware equipment of the laptops is so far clear, which can be read in the respective data sheet. But what are our technical optimizations made up of? DPC latency optimizations in the BIOS
We have identified and eliminated
two significant factors in the firmware of conventional devices that have a negative impact on DPC latency. 1. ACPI 5° C temperature difference signal
This is an old mechanism that was used in the 1990s for fan control of Windows PCs. Every time the CPU temperature changes 5 ° C up or down, the BIOS sends a signal to the operating system. Modern CPU's cycle up and down several times in the course of milliseconds, depending on the load, so that the measured core temperature also oscillates at extremely short intervals. This sometimes results in a real firework of superfluous ACPI signals and provides a certain DPC latency background noise.
Superfluous because: This signal is obsolete in modern laptops, since the fan control is done via its own embedded controller chips. Nevertheless, this signal is implemented by every laptop manufacturer, since it has been part of the ACPI standard since the 1990s - and who would like to voluntarily deviate from the standard?
Well, we do.
The ACPI 5° C difference signal is disabled in our BIOS, which allowed us to reduce the DPC latency peaks by several milliseconds. 2. HDD LED with PCI Express SSD
The ACPI standard provides for the control of an LED, which serves as a hard drive activity indicator. However, this standard only works with hard drives and SSDs that are connected via SATA. In the meantime, however, we are connecting SSDs via the significantly faster PCI Express and NVMe standard. The activity indicator in the BIOS must be emulated with this port, which in turn has a negative impact on DPC latency. This emulation works in all large laptops - we have deactivated it.
Result: no annoying LED flashing and no annoying DPC latency spikes during SSD activity.
Incidentally, these firmware optimizations apply to _all_ current laptops from XMG, SCHENKER and TUXEDO, and not only to the AUDIO editions.
Firmware and operating system: hard, but flexible
There are extensive instructions on the Internet on how to harden your Windows against DPC spikes, annoying energy-saving interruptions, bottlenecks with I / O and SSD and other unpleasant surprises.
We have implemented tweaks that actually bring a stability and performance advantage
without restricting essential functionality.
The additional firmware options can increase performance, limit compatibility problems and harden the device even more in certain applications. Windows optimizations
Flexibility in firmware
- Screen saver and disk indexing disabled
- Latest firmware and drivers on delivery, energy profiles "Balanced" and "High-performance mode" adapted in Windows 10
- USB Power Management is deactivated in "high performance mode"
- Processor scheduling optimized
- Hyperthreading (SMT) and TurboBoost can be deactivated if necessary
- SpeedShift can also be deactivated - also affects C-State Transitions
- Deactivation of SGX and Intel Management Engine
- Deactivation of webcam, internal audio chipset, wifi and Bluetooth
- Permanent, custom undervolting of CPU and iGPU
The Windows tweaks also automatically apply to newly created user profiles and are also used immediately in the event of a system recovery (Windows Recovery).
The extended firmware options apply to all current SCHENKER, XMG and TUXEDO models - not just the AUDIO editions.
Our man behind AUDIO Editions Ray Arkaei is our partner for the SCHENKER AUDIO Editions.
Arkaei significantly supports us in selecting the hardware for SCHENKER AUDIO EDITION, testing the optimized firmware and maintaining the hardened Windows image. Arkaei is primarily responsible for the promotion of SCHENKER AUDIO editions, holds consultations and supports our customer support. Arkaei, who?
Arkaei is an artist with a fearless approach to the wonders of technology. He has won the German DJ championship several times
in the IDA and BeatBattle competitions and goes far beyond their traditional rules. He creates interactive visualizations with 3D sensors so that the audience can help shape their show. He has been on the editorial board of the renowned British technology blog DJWORX
for years and works as a consultant with various companies in the pro audio and computer industry. His customers include Intel, Red Bull and Native Instruments
. (Yes, it's a laser harp
Tell me more ... SCHENKER AUDIO Editions
can be configured and ordered exclusively
via our own online shop:
As standard, we give a 3-year guarantee
on all SCHENKER AUDIO editions - at no extra charge. Warranty cases within the first 6 months will be resolved within 48 hours
(plus shipping time). Support, contact and network
We look forward to your questions, user reviews and your feedback!