When recording music in this day and age, obviously you’ll need a computer. It’s your preference of course if you would like to use the old laptop that your mother isn’t using anymore.
Or maybe, your high-school laptop that doesn’t stay on without it being perpetually charged.
Don’t get me wrong, you can use these at first when you’re still a novice and recording is just a hobby. But eventually, you should invest in the best one you can afford, especially since digital audio workstations (DAW) can be very heavy on your computer’s processor.
You wouldn’t want your computer crashing and all your hard work gone.
When I say powerful computer, I mean POWERFUL computer. Today’s digital audio workstations with their multiple plug-ins, like for example a very heavy virtual studio technology (VST) software plug-in, require maximum processing power.
Besides the actual computer, pros in recording music still opt to buy more RAM, extra hard drives, and additional video cards. This goes to show how much of a POWERFUL computer you really need.
There are multiple computers available on the market today. Amidst all the choices, how do you know which one to buy? Whether you use a Mac or PC, a desktop or laptop, what specifications should you look out for when buying?
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a powerful processor is really important for making music. If you’re on a budget, however, our advice is to get AT LEAST a 3.0Ghz processor with at least a dual core.
In a nutshell, the more RAM your computer has, the faster it will be. If you have insufficient RAM, then your CPU has to work twice as hard to transfer data, which can damage your computer’s performance.
You’ll need at the very least 8 GB of RAM. Of course, you can always buy more RAM as an upgrade.
If you already have a preferred digital audio workstation, then you might want to think about whether you’ll need a MAC or a PC. It’s really up to the user’s preference which OS they’re more comfortable with. But if your DAW only supports MAC, then best get a MAC.
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