Computers and Laptops

It might not seem as obvious, but computers and laptops are part of musicians’ production essentials. Nowadays, the first question on every musician’s mind when first starting out with music production is: “Which computer should I get?” However, there is no “one size fits all” answer. It all comes down to your budget, processing speed, and portability. Therefore, the ideal computer for you might be completely different from some else’s.

Computers and Laptops: Music Production Essentials


As time passes, technology becomes increasingly mobile. Desktop computers are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Yet, for music production and music recording, desktop computers are still what all the pros continue to use. These computers are generally faster. In addition, their larger housing offers room for maximum processing power. In turn, these meet the high demand of today’s Digital Audio Workstations and plugins. To say it differently, desktops can have more ins and outs, allowing you to incorporate larger and more sophisticated routings. Having a desktop computer allows for greater customization, like adding more RAM, extra hard drives and additional video cards. Moreover, having a separate computer tower can help you keep the noise down. You can place it in a separate room for your studio monitors and microphones.


The one thing that desktop computers lack is portability. In today’s world of Dj’s and mobile studios, the portability of a laptop is crucial. If you think about it, most of us use a laptop for school or work anyway, so it eliminates the need for two separate purchases.

Now, a controversial decision that spans for decades and still bring debate to the table is Mac vs Windows for music production. This unending story typically ends in violent debates, so today we are only going to point out some simple and clear differences so you can choose what fits best for you. Firstly, PCs with Windows are usually cheaper than Macs. Secondly, PC’s are more customizable because they are much easier to modify or supercharge. Some people just like the Windows OS, but for particular reasons these days most to the music producers like Macs. Whatever is your choice, you can create great music on either one.