do you need a sophisticated recording machine yet light and mobile? if your answer is ‘yes’, let me then suggest you a few laptops that are optimal for music production, and yes, believe me! they do exist, just you need to know what features to look for. i have been reviewing recording gadgets for years, so please read on, because this is coming for my own personal experience.
going mobile seems to be the trend these days and so, as an independent song writer my amateur sound engineer myself, i thought about the same for my gadgets. i used to hook my mixers and microphone to an old desktop computer in order to do recording, and so one day i thought to myself, maybe i should replace this old desktop with a sleek laptop, and so i took the risk and tried mac powerbook.
it used to be the case that if you are seriously interested about doing recording at the comfort of your home, you need to set up a studio, and sadly the biggest piece of equipment is a computer or so to say a desktop that is powerful enough to run audio recording/editing software program.
well as far as i have seen, computer manufactures and sound engineering experts have combining their effort into shrinking the size of recording gadgets, their ultimate aim for now is to squeeze everything into laptops and hence some specialized laptop models have been produced specifically for music production industry. even though the title of this article is “best laptop for music lovers”, it is not about which computer having the strongest in-built speakers that can blast your room flat! i am only going to share about the best laptop for music recording, editing and end production.
let’s face the truth, a computer that cost $500 and owned by school kids won’t get you far in terms of music recording. a typical laptop that is suitable for recording these days may have specification like the following:
processor: intel core i3 2.26 ghz
hard disk: sata 5400 rpm
screen: 14″ display – moderate resolution.
with no fancy external ports other than a few extra usb ports.
a computer specially design for music production is, roc box laptop made by pcaudiolabs, check out the specification that it has and make this the standard when you are out hunting for a laptop that is capable of recording, editing, mixing and end production of music:
processor: intel core i5 2.40ghz
hard disk: sata2 7200
screen: 15.6″ with high resolution display
vital ports for audio recording are: 1 esata port, 2 firewire 400 ports, 3 usbs, twin channel hd audio with 3d stereo surround sound system (dolby). in a nutshell, this is what you need for a laptop that can help you do music production:
-slightly faster processor
-high memory ram (more than average)
– hard drive that can spin up to the speed of 7200
-few extra usb ports, and at least a firewire port.
the pcaudiolab rok box mobile laptop like mentioned above is a hd computer that is up to the standard of rok box desktop, a desktop model by pcaudiolab which was also design for music production.
Best Laptops Specification for Music Production 2019
Finding a suitable laptop for music production use, basically boils down to a few important factors, which digital audio workstation you plan on using and what operating system you prefer to use is the most important.
Firstly let us take a glance at some of the recommended specs for 3 of the most popular DAWs
+ 64-bit operating system (which most are these days)
+ Intel or AMD Multicore (i5 or faster recommended)
+ 8GB RAM (the faster the better)
+ 18GB hard drive space (you will need more for additional content)
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+ MacOS 10.12 or later (only).
+ 2.3GHz i5 or higher.
+ 4GB of RAM.
+ 6GB install disk space, up to an additional 57GB for the full sound library.
+ Windows 7/MacOS X or better.
+ 64bit Intel or AMD multi-core (i5 or faster recommended).
+ 4GB minimum RAM, although 8GB recommended.
+ 3GB basic installation, 5-76 GB for additional sound content.