• World's Best Computers For Music Production 2017

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    World's Best Computers For Music Production 2017

    When considering a computer to purchase for Music production in 2017, I’m sure there are a few questions that come into mind.  Do I go with Mac or PC? Should I get a Laptop or Desktop?  What’s the best Computer for my budget? What’s the best Computer for my DAW? We’ll have no fear; we’ll go into all of this and more as we explore the World’s Best Computers for Music Production in 2017.

    Top Must Haves:

    1. 500 GB SSD at least - In an era of digital plugins and less outboard gear, having plenty of hard drive space is crucial. Some plugins bundles alone can take upwards of 100GB for just those plugins themselves. In my opinion though from experience, 1 Terabyte is ideal.
    2. 8 GB of RAM minimum - A lot of the software plugins themselves can be quite memory intensive. Having at least 8 GB will help lighten the load. Some say max out at 16GB, which I recommend, but depending on your budget this is still a workable option.
    3. CPU Processors - When understanding processors, there are a few things to consider. This is essentially the brain of your computer and these needs to be efficient, fast and smooth to get your musical ideas out quick and easy. At a bare minimum an i5 processor is ideal; however the most important part of this chip is the number of cores. 4 cores or “Quad core” affects the performance the most. The ideal spec for a processor is an i7 quad core.
    4. Big screen to work on - Obviously, seeing is believing; having a screen that is at least 12” is great, but 15” and above is ideal.

    Here is my list. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what computer you use. What matters most are how you use it? Most DAW’s work with PC and Mac, as well as software plugins; you should make the decision based what works best for you and within your budget.

    Here are my Picks for Best Laptops:

    Asus ROG

    This year yet again this machine makes the cut. The gaming PC is loaded with a new G-SYNC lag control feature to minimize frame rate stutter. It also has one of the most powerful processors on the planet with an overclocked memory setup. Not to mention, as far as laptops this is simply one of the best out there period with high resolution, lighting fast speed, and supreme graphics. This is a staple for many producers that use PC’s including guys like Super Producer Mike Will Made It.

    • *Processor - Intel Quad Core i7
    • *Graphics - NVIDIA Geforce GTX
    • *Memory - 24GB DDR4
    • *Storage - 2TB SSD HD
    • *Battery – 10 Whr
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    Apple MacBook Pro

    The newest addition of the MacBook Pro features some very powerful upgrades. With the addition of the Multi Touch glass strip, a new element of control has been added to this already powerful unit with an increased workflow capability. The Mac comes with a powerful Intel i5 or i7 quad core processor and an Intel Iris Graphics card.  Talk to any Mac based producer and they’ll tell you just how powerful of a tool this computer is to have in your corner. The new MacBook Pro is essential for getting ideas down and out in a crunch and compatible with just about every DAW.

    • *Processor - Intel Quad Core i7
    • *Graphics - Intel Iris Graphics
    • *Memory - Up to 16GB of RAM
    • *Storage - 512GB SSD HD
    • *Device Ports - Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports
    • *Special Features - Touch Bar and Touch ID 
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    HP ENVY Notebook

    Another returnee, the HP ENVY is just as powerful this year as it was last year staying right up there with the current competition. Boasting a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of memory, and up to 2TB of HD space, this unit is a favorite of mine to get the job done right without any setbacks.  If you’re looking for a computer that isn’t a Mac, this may just be your best bang for your buck.

    • *Processor - Intel Core i7
    • *Graphics - Intel HD Graphics 620
    • *Memory - 12 GB 
    • *Storage - 2 TB HD
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    Lenovo ThinkPad P50

    New to the list the Lenovo ThinkPad is quite an impressive addition to the mix.  Displaying a dazzling 4k UHD screen with 180-degree viewing angles, this machine was built to perfection. This machine also lends its audio from Dolby Home Theater, giving it an epic sound for live performances and cinema. This magnificent piece of gear even has a Thunderbolt 3 port for connecting gear like UAD’s flagship Thunderbolt line of devices. If you’re a PC user, you need this machine in your corner.

    • *Processor - Intel Xeon Processor
    • *Graphics - NVIDIA Quadro
    • *Memory - 32 GB 
    • *Storage - 2 TB HDD
    • *Display - 4k UHD
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    Dell XPS 15 Laptop

    A straight powerhouse when it comes to system needs, the Dell XPS line speaks for itself as far as system performance. With a 6th generation Intel Quad Core processor, 32GB of memory, and full HD 4k display, it is the most powerful laptop we have covered thus far. The addition of a Thunderbolt 3 port as well makes this a must have for PC users trying to incorporate external devices like the UAD line of products.

    • *Processor - Intel Quad Core i7
    • *Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
    • *Memory - 32 GB
    • *Storage - 1 TB
    • *Battery - 84 Whr
    • *Device Port - Thunderbolt 3 Port
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    Here are my Picks for Best Desktops:

    Apple iMac 

    The new iMacs are sleek and intuitive with a cutting edge design perfect for the stable home or studio producer who isn’t really on the move.  It also features a 21.5” Retina 4k display with IPS technology and Two Thunderbolt 2 connections along with Four USB 3 ports. For stable Mac users this is a favorite at home or in the studio.

    • *Processor - Intel Quad Core i7
    • *Graphics - Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
    • *Memory - Up to 16GB
    • *Storage - 2 TB
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    Acer Predator

    This Monster makes this list again this year and for good reason. Boasting 64GB of RAM, a 6th Generation Intel i7 Processor, and a Turbo button for Overclocking processing, this computer is in a league of its own.  It also features several USB 3 ports as well as a swap expansion drive bay. This allows you to hot swap out drives without having to shutdown the computer, which increases efficiently tenfold. This machine would be a great addition to any stable based PC producer.

    • *Processor - Intel Quad Core i7
    • *Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    • *Memory - 32 GB DDR4 RAM
    • *Storage - 1 TB HDD
    • *Device Ports - 6 USB 3 and 2 USB 2 Ports
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    Apple Mac Mini

    I’m starting to see more and more of these devices show up at some of the major studios that I frequent. This device has great versatility, as it is just small enough to be mobile and on the move from place to place, but powerful enough to just be a stable unit in one area.  All this in a small 7.7 x 7.7 “ frame weighing only 2.7 lbs. Performance wise it has just about the same specs as the iMac or MacBook Pro.

    • *Processor - Intel Dual Core i7
    • *Graphics - Intel Iris
    • *Memory - 16 GB RAM
    • *Storage - Up to 2TB Fusion
    • *Device Ports - Two Thunderbolt 2 and Four USB 3 Ports
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    Lenovo ThinkCentre

    For this pick, I wanted to choose something that was somewhat affordable, but still packed a punch for those Producers who are just starting out. The Lenovo ThinkCentre does just that and more. With its small size it has just as much mobility and power as the Mac mini at almost half the price.

    • *Processor - Intel Core i7
    • *Memory - 16GB DDR4 RAM
    • *Storage - up to 1TB HDD 
    • *Device Ports - Four USB 3 and Four USB 2 Ports
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    Dell XPS Tower

    Last, but certainly not least we have the Dell XPS back again this year. The Dell XPS Tower has the power you need with the ease that most are accustomed to with Dell products. It includes an Intel Core i7 Processor up to 4.0 GHz in speed. With an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card as well you can’t go wrong. All around this machine will get the job done if you’re a PC user.

    • *Processor - Intel Core i7 
    • *Memory - Up to 64 GB
    • *Storage - 2 TB HDD
    • *Graphics - AMD Radeon RX 480
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  • The World's Best Computers for Music Production 2016

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    Sound Oracle Blog Post - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers

    This week will tackle computers for music production. Many producers prefer to work with laptops. Yet, others like their desktop for producing music. Whether you are working in a large studio or not, whatever computer you choose. Your home studio will require more power and a certain configuration. For all audio programs to work, you must pick a Quad core. While your RAM should be about 8GB or more. Preferably, 16GB. This configuration holds up well during intense sessions that use a lot of instances of virtual instruments and FX plug-ins.

    Here are my picks for BEST LAPTOPS:

    Asus ROG Series Laptop

    The Asus Rog Series is a powerful 6th generation Intel Core i7 laptop. Built to focus on portable gaming and is one of the best laptops for music production.  It includes features. Such as a powerful Intel core processor. Superior graphic performance, higher resolutions, quality, frame rate, control, and speed. This is a game console perfect for your production needs.

    Asus ROG Series Laptop - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle

    Some Key Features:

    • *Processor – Intel Core i7
    • *Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX
    • *Memory – Overclocked 64GB
    • *Storage – 1TB
    • *Battery – 88Whr

    Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Laptop

    I use the Dell XPS Ultrabook for traveling; or, when I am working at someone else's recording studio. It transforms into a touch screen to the tablet. It is super thin and lightweight, perfect for browsing through different samples. Do your edits and work on mixing in Ultrabook mode. The Dell XPS 12 is the perfect marriage of hardware and software. As a convertible ultrabook, it is a powerhouse packed with wonderful features.

    Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Laptop - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Memory – 8GB LPDDR3-1600MHz
    • *Hardware – 256GB Solid State Drive
    • *Video Card – Intel® HD Graphics 515
    • *Display – 12.5" 4K Ultra HD
    • *Battery – 10 Whr

    HP Envy 15 Notebook

    Music producers need a device powered for performance. That gives a cinematic experience and engineered to help tackle your most challenging setbacks. The HP Envy features that include a brilliant FHD display, Audio by Bang & Olufsen and HP Audio Boost technology with memory up to 12GB RAM.  The latest Intel processor and 1TB storage hard drive. This is definitely one of the most advanced audio systems for your music production, making this notebook a favorite amongst music lovers.

    HP Envy 15 Notebook - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Processor – AMD A10-5750M Quad-Core
    • *Speed – 4 x 2.5GHz clock speed*Memory – 8GB RAM.
    • *Storage – 1TB hard disk and 8GB Flash caches

    Lenovo Z50 Laptop

    Lenovo Z50 is a sharp, high-performing laptop. That spews electrifying entertainment. This wonder never fails to impress anyone with a surprising power. That won’t break your budget. It includes a built-in technology that will keep your mobile. Its powerful battery will last you a long time and paired with an integrated DVD and Dolby-enhanced audio system to provide an unrivaled multimedia experience. This Z50 is the answer to all your needs.

    Lenovo Z50 Laptop - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Monitor – Full HD 15.6in display
    • *Resolution –1,920×1,080 pixels
    • *Processor – 2.0GHz Intel Core i7
    • *Memory – 8GB of RAM
    • *Operating System – Windows 8.1
    • *Media – GPU-accelerated graphics
    • *Storage – 1TB

    Apple MacBook Pro

    Apple MacBook Pro is an attribute of power for music making. When you ask every producer who is a Mac user, they will swear by its performance. And user-friendly experience. This laptop comes equipped with a dual Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. MacBook Pro makes everything you do is fast and responsive. Advanced Intel Iris 6100 retina graphics, state-of-the-art architecture, and an 8GB memory will help you through your project. The laptop boasts a different approach to a faster processing system. Including the flash storage based architecture, with ten hours of battery. Ready for any music making tasks you bring to create.

    Apple MacBook Pro - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:
    • *Processor up to 9GHz dual-core
    • *Memory up to 16GB 
    • *Storage 512GB
    • *Graphics Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    • *Audio Stereo speakers, dual microphones, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack

    MusicXPC M Series – Musical Production Laptops

    As a music producer, I seldom work in one place.   I get my inspiration everywhere, and when I do. I would like to grab that aha moment when it arises. This M-series allows every music enthusiast to be flexible without affecting their work. What you experience in your home studio is the same reliability when you are on the road.  You can perform edits.  Or, write a song between transits.

    MusicXPC M Series - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Processor – Intel® Core™ i7-4710M
    • *Monitor – 15.6-inch FHD
    • *Memory – 8GB
    • *Ports – USB2.0: 3
    • *Audio – Realtek ALC662

    Here are my picks for BEST DESKTOPS:

    Acer Predator G6

    This Acer gamer machine brings all the firepower known for its commanding advantage of a two hard drives. That leaps into action with a Nvidia GTX 980 graphics card powered by a g3610 video card, i7-6700K Intel core processor paired with a 16GB DDR4 RAM and performance. This Acer Predator G6 holds a 256GB SATA and a 2TB powerful unit perfect for your music production. It's striking armor designed enclosure inspired by the tanks head. Meaning it has a busy scale like pattern. That encloses like a belt. Enjoy this power-packed PC. And boasts the latest specs made both for all gamers and music lovers that demand the best gears for music producing.

    Acer Predator G6 - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Processor – Intel Core i7
    • *Graphics – Nvidia GeForce
    • *RAM – 16GB
    • *Storage – 256GB SSD, 2TB HDD
    • *Power supply – 730-Watt
    • *Audio – Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5

    CybertronPC Patriot Desktop

    This CybertronPC Patriot is a gaming PC. That will work well with your music production. This computer is powered by a Dual Core CPU, 8GB of RAM and superior graphics ideal for delivering a solid musical experience for your sound design. Or, when you are audio processing in any DAW.  With the capacity of 1TB storage space hard drive. You can store tons of sample packs including software plugins without losing out on space. The processor that is ultra-fast packed with multitasking applications. Enhance graphics, a PC that avoids freeze ups and an excellent audio system. For the buck, it is worth the buy for your home studio.

    CybertronPC Patriot Desktop - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Memory – 8 GB
    • *Storage – 1 TB
    • *Graphics – HD 7480D
    • *Drives – Dual-layer DVD±RW drive

    Dell XPS x8900-7319BLK Tower Desktop

    This Dell XPS is a powerful Tower desktop loaded with features with a room to grow for more. This desktop includes a 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, and i7 Quad Core. With a speed of up to 2TB HDD and storage capacity, gives you easy access to the applications. Give you the ability to multitask with your multimedia projects.  You also have the option to upgrade to optional i7 K edition processor to track your performance. This machine comes with a generous memory option of up to 32GB. A 1.3x higher bandwidth, Waves MaxxAudio and built-in integrated 6 jack audio. This powerful beast won’t definitely let you slow down.

    Dell XPS x8900-7319BLK Tower Desktop - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *PC CPU – 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-6400
    • *PC Memory – 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz
    • *Graphics – 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
    • *Storage – 1TB 7,200rpm HDD
    • *Networking – 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
    • *Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

    Lenovo ThinkServer Towers

    When you think of conventional desktops, you will associate it with noise. This is why Lenovo aimed to make the ThinkServer Towers the “whisper machine.” It offers a better noise reduction compared to other PCs in the market. This tower series has the latest processors and faster performance. And unmatched reliability tools to power this beast.

    Lenovo ThinkServer Towers - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Processors – Up to 2 Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 v2 Series processors
    • *Memory – Up to 192GB memory / 12 DIMMs
    • *Storage – Up to 32TB internal storage

    MAC Mini

    Mac Mini is everything you want in a desktop. Get the entire Mac experiences as simple as just connecting your processor, keyboard, and a mouse.  This is a 4th generation Intel Core processor paired with a wireless performance. And a speed that is way quicker than that previous generations. It delivers a power packed graphics performance. That provides great connectivity applications. Although the CPU processor is only Intel dual-core i5, it still impresses a lot of good reviews. Despite its noted size of 1TB hard drive and 8GB RAM. This Mac Mini operates with no issues in music production.

    MAC Mini - 2016 The World’s Finest Music Production Computers - Sound Oracle Blog

    Some Key Features:

    • *Processor – up to 3.3GHz quad-core
    • *Memory – 8GB
    • *Graphics – up to AMD Radeon R9 M380 with 2GB
    • *Storage – up to 2TB Fusion Drive

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