A difficult purchase to make for your recording rig, is trying to figure what the best computers for recording music are. You can ask any two producers what they use, and chances are, they won't be the same computer. The thing is, computers nowadays have a lot more capabilities than they use to (Stating the obvious). Instead of going over every computer you can purchase that will work with different DAWs, I will break down what you need to look for in a computer to make sure you are getting one of the best computers for recording music that will work in your wheelhouse. I will also give a few personal recommendations of computers that I like for recording on.
System Requirements For Your DAW
The absolute most important detail you want to look for in purchasing a computer is to make sure that it is compatible with your DAW. Each and every recording software will have a list of system requirements. Most DAWs are compatible with either Mac or PC. There is no need to get into a debate of which is better between them. Personally, I prefer using PC. I started out using PC, and therefore I just continue using it. However, this does not mean it is any better or worse of an option than Mac. That said, it is important for you to use what you are most comfortable with. Just make sure the DAW of your choosing is compatible with the system.
How RAM Plays Into The Best Computers For Recording Music
DAWs are very heavy on CPU usage. Because of this, you will need a computer that has the appropriate amount of RAM to run it. For example, virtual instruments and plugins are very heavy on RAM and can require a lot. On top of that, your audio interface feeds data to your computer for recording. If you were to record a drum set with several channels, you will want to make sure that your computer can handle all of this information. It is suggested to have 16 GB of RAM to comfortably run your DAW. This will quickly start narrowing down the computer options.
Desktop Vs Laptop
Our Picks For The Best Computers For Recording Music
Apple iMac Pro
If I wasn't biased enough as is with my previous Dell choice, the XPS series is what I currently run my Pro Tools rig on. Even after having my audio interface, recording mixer, MIDI keyboard, and Pro Tools running, I have no issues at all. With an Intel procesor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive, this will give you plenty of CPU power to run a recording rig on.
Reminder That These Are My Choices For The Best Computers For Recording Music
I find it very important to emphasize that these are not the only options out there for recording music, and other producers may be running on a better rig than I am. However, these are the ones I have messed around with for recording music and found them to be great options. Don't hesitate to surf the web for other options as there are plenty to choose from, but if you do have any questions at all, we are always here to help. We can be contacted through our contact us page found here.