Best laptop for music production 2020 | New computer buyers guide


what is the best laptop for music
production if you want to buy a new one? in this video I’ll take a look at the
components, my recommendations and non recommendations my name is Dexter Clark and I do reviews
vlogs and tutorials about DJing and producing music. if you’re new to the
channel make sure you are subscribed and hit that little bell icon. the table of
contents of this video is in the description below, but also make sure
that you watch it till the end because there I have two bonus tips that can
save you a lot of money. in this video I’m talking about the best new laptops
for music production so not the budget category or the mid-range category but
the high-end I’m nearly a professional music producer category. so what do you
need? first of all the CPU, the most important thing for music production. you
need a quick CPU so my recommendation a 7-series CPU of the latest generation
with at least four cores, especially reverbs and heavy synthesizer plugins,
multiple voices and multiple instances of heavy synthesizer plugins will take
up a ton of CPU power. the number of gigahertz is important, but more
important for speed is the number of cores you have in your processor. a core
is effectively another processor in the same shell. oh and one thing: those turbo
boost frequencies are more a marketing term than anything else. yes they could
improve the speed of your computer but it’s only for a short amount of time
like opening a web page for example. but you won’t take advantage of that with
music production because you ask a constant amount of CPU power. so in
theory yes but in practice no. the memory a lot of memory is important if you want
to work with a lot of sample based instruments, 16 gigabytes is a minimum
then, preferably 32 or even 64 gigabytes if you can expand later you could hop in
on 8 GB but you definitely need to expand later.
because I want to make this video short and concise I had to leave a lot of
information out of this video but I wrote about it, a special chapter in my
free ebook: you can download it, the link is also in the description below. storage:
a 7200 rpm hard drive or even better an SSD. A 5400 rpm hard drive is too slow
for music production, a SSD is quicker what I already said and it’s also good
for the battery life of your computer. I would say 1 terabyte, you will always run
out of space sooner or later and a lot of sample based plugins can eat up a lot
of storage. there’s a widely used sample based plug-in on the market that already
takes up 500 gigabytes full installation and you need some space left for your
operating system, your DAW, your samples and your projects. working with
external hard drives is a pain in the whistle it defeats the whole purpose of being
mobile. they are easy to break, easy to get lost and where do you put them? duct tape them to the lid of your laptop? the screen: 15 inch or preferably a 17 inch. yes,
it becomes a heavy machine with 17 inch but you need the overview. more overview
means less scrolling, means a quicker workflow. a lot of plugins and DAWs
don’t take into account 13 inch and their respective resolutions. then you
are missing buttons on plugins for example, or you need a magnifying glass
to see what’s going on. yes I’m talking from experience. if you want to keep it
small make sure that you have an external monitor connector like HDMI for
example. then you can connect a big screen when you are producing in the
studio. a side scrolling mouse: this makes scrolling in your timeline a lot easier.
yeah there are some laptops that have decent trackpads but it never beats the
speed of a mouse. a backlit keyboard so you can see your keyboard in a badly lit
environment gamer laptops could be the best laptop
for music production, but they are “bad” for one reason:
there are heavy-duty graphics cards in them and you don’t take advantage of
that with music production. a lot of people ask me: what about Model X it’s
cheaper than the rest. is it any good? let me say this: if a model is cheaper than
the competition this has to raise a red flag. quality and cheapness often don’t
go together. you can use an older model, an other laptop for music production,
but yeah you may run into some trouble and I’m really curious if you are using
right now an older laptop for music production.
does it fit your needs let me know in the comments below with the hashtag
music producer. does it fit your needs and also the model type number and if
you are running into problems. I have compiled a blacklist and a whitelist. one
notice here the blacklist doesn’t mean that everything that is on that
blacklist, that those brands do on the blacklist, is bad, because otherwise they
would be out of business. but I think you have a higher chance of successful for music
production at least with brands and models on the whitelist and on the
blacklist. the items on the whitelist: first of all HP with their Elitebook series,
asus, then microsoft with the surface laptops, although they tend to be a
little bit slower, and dell with the Alienware series. if they offer extended
warranty by it. there is a reason why some manufacturers and some laptop
models are more expensive than the rest manufacturers tend to use more
high-quality components like hinges or a motherboard for example, then the
advantage of that is, if something is broken after three years for example,
they can probably fix it. then the blacklist for music production: msi, Acer,
Lenovo, Samsung and Medion, then the blacklist continued: first of all Dell
with the Inspiron series and the XPS series a lot of models
have latency problems, also, definitely don’t buy the Chromebook from Google
because there are no daws that support that operating system. good that you
stuck around for the bonus tips here is bonus tip number one. if you have a type
number of laptop you want to buy in mind Google it in combination with music
production and latency. then you’ll see if someone else experience problems with
it bonus tip number two: ultrabooks those
ultra small notebooks are designed to be ultra small and not to give the best
performance. the processor can only perform optimal if it can get rid of the
heat it produces and heat it produces under a heavy workload of music
production. but those laptops are simply not designed to do that. here is a list
of all my recommendations, if you want to have more information about laptops for
music production you can find it in my special playlist here on youtube about
this subject and also more information in my free ebook the links to both are
in the description below

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