Best computer for music production 2020


what is the best computer for music
production? in this video I’ll take a look at the components that you want to
have in your best computer for music production and I’ll answer the most
asked questions in my videos about computers for music production. amongst
there the question should I get a desktop or a laptop? in this video I’ll
talk about the specifications for a new computer with the vision of buying the
best computer for music production you can get. so not the budget or the
mid-range category but the I’m-nearly-a professional music producer category I
will put a table of contents in the description below. a laptop or a desktop
well a laptop is small and handy that’s it
but for music production is the worst machine you can get a laptop is
generally less powerful and also you run quicker in to overheating issues because
your laptop can’t get properly rid of the heat it produces under a heavy
workload of music production but also you can’t expand as much with a laptop
manufacturers of laptops tend to do concessions in speed in order to fit all
the components in its small space of a laptop for example they choose a 5400
RPM hard drive instead of 7200 RPM so a slower hard drive they tend to do the
same thing for the motherboard speed and memory speed so if you absolutely need
to produce on the road yeah choose a laptop but in any other case please do
yourself a favor and choose a desktop if you’re working on the battery of your
laptop then your operating system Windows or Mac will slow down the computer to save
the battery life of your computer but that means that you don’t have the
optimal performance you can get from the machine yeah I know you can change some
settings but a lot of people don’t so that’s something to bear in mind. Mac or
PC well it may come as a shock to you but music sounds the same on both
platforms. All major DAWs have versions for both Mac and PC the same for sound
cards but ok there are some exceptions here there it
comes all down to personal preference for me personally I’m not an Apple fan
anymore I had some troubles with their hardware but also I don’t like their
decisions regarding to soldiering everything to your motherboard so you
can’t exchange it your hard disk or your SSD in this case or your memory that
means that if your SSD freezes up after five years you can’t exchange it your
whole computer is dead there is also a security chip in the newer Mac’s the
problem with that chip is that it makes Mac OS crash that was first detected in 2018 and
yet it’s still not fixed by Apple if you still want a Mac you can choose a Mac
desktop an iMac desktop or an iMac Mini I wouldn’t go for the Mac Pro that’s the
Mac Pro before 2019 you could choose for the Mac Pro that’s the desktop case from
from 2019 maybe an overkill but hey it works I would at least avoid the MacBook
Pros from 2015 to 2019 because those have overheating issues those have
keyboard issues and those have exploding issues in planes I won’t go into further
details here check out my video Mac versus PC check out my video Mac sucks
or my video about the Mac Pro. links to those videos are of course in the
description what is important in the early days the most important things
were processor and memory but nowadays it’s more SSD and a processor and yeah
memory is important it’s still important but it’s not that important anymore to
be honest an SSD doesn’t let you make your music faster but your computer
feels much more responsive and more snappier. the processor. A 7 series
processor of the latest generation with preferably as much cores as possible as
you may know synthesizer plugins reverb plugins and analyzers plugins will take
up a big chunk of CPU power so you need pretty powerful processor it’s the most
important thing for music production the quicker the CPU the more calculations it
can do in a second without having any dropouts or the annoying message in
logic with CPUs the number of gigahertz is important rule of thumb the higher
the batter because we have limitations in the number of gigahertz a processor
can produce we increase the processing power by adding more cores a core is
effectively another processor in the same shell that is working side by side
by the other processors so more cores is more speed but with double the cores you
don’t have double the speed with four cores you have a good basis for music
production there are roughly five types of CPUs in order of processing power in
the same generation the first being the slowest and the last being the quickest
the three series then the five series and quicker are the seventh series some
brands have even a more powerful nine series and server grade processors
server grade processors tend to have more cache memory which makes them
quicker but the server processes are somewhat behind in development sometimes
one or more generations and is the price increase worth the extra speed well most
of the time not what is cache memory cache memory is
also important for speed cache memory of a processor is the fastest memory there
is if a processor can find repeated tasks in the cache memory it doesn’t
have to go to the slower RAM memory in other words the bigger the cache of a
processor the quicker the CPU oh and one thing those turbo boost frequencies are
more a marketing term than anything else with turbo boost you can boost your
frequency for a short amount of time and that is useful for opening a website for
example but not for music production you don’t take advantage of that
you ask a constant amount of computing power of your processor. AMD or Intel
well that’s an excellent question at the moment AMD is king when it comes to speed
however AMD makes an implementation of an Intel processor instruction set but I
have to say the compatibility improved tremendously over the last few years but
I heard rumors of some MIDI controls not working and some plugins not working so
I asked producers specifically which plugins and which MIDI controls are not
working but I got no real answers Thunderbolt on AMD is still a little bit
problematic because it’s Intel technology music producers seem to think
that you always need a big amount of memory in your computer well that’s not
always the case if you use a lot of synthesizers then you need a big CPU but
not a lot of memory but when you use a lot of sample based instruments then you
need a lot of memory but not a lot of CPU power 16 gigabytes is well the
minimum for music production you can get memory in different speeds and of course
the faster Sorbo megahertz is better than the slower but yeah it’s just a
small difference now the last if you want to achieve a certain kind of speed
make sure that and your memory module supports it and your motherboard
supports it you can’t easily exchange CPUs you can easily exchange memory
except if you have an Apple so if you are on a budget choose a bigger CPU
instead of a big chunk of memory storage choose SSD drive SSD stands for solid
state drive and solid state as opposed to the loose state of a spinning magnetic
platter hard drive choose at least one terabyte you will run out of space
sooner or later and especially sample based plugins eat
up a lot of space for example there is a widely commonly used sample based
plug-in that already takes a 500 gigabytes full installation
you need to have some room left for your operating systems of Windows or Mac, your
DAW, your samples and your projects you want to have a PCIe or m2 connection
on your SSD because then the drive is directly inserted into the spine of your
computer which makes it quicker the other connection is the old-school SATA
connection which was made for those old-school spinning magnetic better
drives an SSD with SATA is still faster than a loose state hard drive but when
you have the choice choose PCIe or m2 PCIe or M2 is six times faster in
reading stuff and three times faster in writing stuff than SATA SSD drive as an
extra advantage above the traditional hard drive they are not likely to crash
when bumping or sudden movements occur that is especially handy for notebooks
which have a portable character the difference between PCIe and m2 is the
connection in the computer the only difference being that m2 is meant for
SSD and PCIe for various extensions like sound cards and graphics cards if you
have an m2 connection on your motherboard choose m2 because then you
have more free slots for other hardware an SSD is quicker than a hard drive but
a hard drive is cheaper per gigabyte there are hybrid solutions out there so
you can take advantage of both but you can also choose to have both types of
drives in your computer then you can put your DAW, your samples and your
operating system on your SSD for the quick part and there were projects for
example on your hard disk for the slower parts a good quality big wide screen
preferably a 21 inch screen well better even a 27-inch screen
and well preferably even more than that a big wide screen because if you can see
more of your timeline you have to scroll less which means a quick workflow which
means that you can produce your music faster there are ultra wide screens on
the market and those are ideal for music production and
video editing you could also choose a second screen then you can put your
tracks on your first screen and the EQ and mixer for example on your second
screen a graphics card and surprisingly a graphics card doesn’t matter that much
DAWs don’t take advantage of the extra computing power like in video editing
for example don’t get me wrong you need a graphics card in order to get a
picture on your screen but an onboard graphics card will do the job just fine
a mouse often in music production you also need to scroll sideways and it’s
really handy to have a mouse that suppose horizontal or side scrolling so
i’m scrolling means a quick weird flow which means that you can work faster the
frequently asked questions question number one i have computer x does it
work yes probably every computer will run DAW software but there are
computers that are just faster than others some components might result in
some latency issues but that’s only in rare cases and i wouldn’t worry about it
too much with laptops though you have to be more careful i go into specifics for
the best laptops for music production in another video check out the link in
the description can I use my old computer for music production or do I
have to buy a new one if you have a Mac or Windows computer less than ten years
old yeah it will probably work just install free music making so friend that
is called a DAW and see for yourself that’s hundred percent more accurate
than any answer I can give you what free music making software is best to use I
made a special video about it the link is in the description below
10th gen or ninth gen processor or 27th gen and 26th gen processor what will be
faster well on the same amount of megahertz and newer processor a newer
generation processor will be quicker than the previous one make sure you
compare the same series against each other so a seven series
with the seven series instead of five series and a 7 series CPU. will DAW X
work on computer Y check the specs on the side of the software maker you only
recommend expensive computers I’m not rich well those are just the better
computers for music production faster computers are just more convenient check
out my free ebook because there I will go into more detail about computers and
laptops for music production also the budget and the mid-range category here
is a list of my recommendations if you want to buy a laptop for music
production check out my special video about the subject here in the screen and
also in the description below

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