What are the best computers for recording music at home?
What's Your Budget?
Your budget will be the most important factor to determining what type of computer that you should buy. The truth is the more money you have to spend, the better computer you can get to handle all of your software.
But if you don't need an over the top full blown studio you can get away with spending a few hundred dollars and you can have a computer that will produce some quality music for you.
What Type of DAW software are you using?
I can't list all of the DAW's out there but there are so many that are free and even more that are paid options.
Deciding which DAW software that you will use to record your music will also be a deciding factor on what type f computer you should buy. To keep things simple the more expensive your DAW is you will probably need a computer that can handle all that comes with it.
Are You Using a MAC or PC?
Personally I like PC's but what I know to be true only because all of my friends that make music say that MAC's are much better. I do know some DAW can't work with certain computers. So when deciding on what type of computer you should get to record music at your home studio, you need to make sure that it is compatible with the DAW that you are using.
Do you want a Laptop or Desktop?
Some laptop's can be just as powerful as desktops with all of the advancements that they have made over the decades with technology. You have to ask yourself this question. Do you plan on being mobile with your recording studio. Chances are if you are recording music only probably not. So I would recommend a desktop because you can get more bang for your buck as far as memory/ram space.
But if you plan on being mobile with your career the obvious choice is to go with a laptop.
What are the specifications my computer should have?
Again this is another tough question to answer because it all depends on the type of DAW and you are using and how much music you plan on creating.
I think the biggest and baddest DAW out there is pro-tools. These are the specs that you computer would need in order to handle this:
Now that we have gotten some of the basic information out of the way let's jump into what I believe are the best computers for recording music at home.
Obviously I have not tried all of these computers this is based on my research and hopefully it can lead you to a quality purchase.
I decided to only write about the best computers on the market for producing music but that means that they are also the most expensive. The Apple iMac is pricey but well worth it if you want to build a home studio.
You have to make sure that the DAW that you are using will work with an Apple product. So check with you manufacturer first but I know that Garageband and Logic work with the iMac. Garageband actually comes pre-installed on the computer. Why would I recommend this if I don't use it. Well all of my friends that produce music use an apple product and they all swear by them.
It does not work with Pro Tools
There are different versions of the iMac so these specs are for their basic iMac.
Display21.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display
1920‑by‑1080 resolution with support for millions of colors
2.3GHz dual‑core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
8GB of 2133MHz DDR4 memory
Configurable to 16GB
You can checkout the prices on Amazon they vary so you should be able to find a good deal.
Just look at it, this looks like a super computer! But seriously when I was doing my research the Lenovo brand kept popping up as one of the top dogs out there for a home studio computer. What I am focusing on is not the type but more so the brand. You can get almost any Lenovo computer just make sure they come close to the specs that I mentioned at the start of this article.
I think that this is a safe purchase because most reviews show that this has durability. It can easily handle whatever DAW system you throw at it because most DAW systems are compatible with PC's. I linked to amazon where you can check the prices just make sure you get the specs that you need.
The first thing that I have to mention is that the Acer is much more affordable than the previous options mentioned. What I look at when I was doing my research were two things. Obviously, user reviews and secondly durability. The Acer Aspire meets both of those requirements.
Below I linked to the Acer on amazon but you have to make sure that the specs are what you need for your DAW. It's not the most powerful computer in the world but it can get the job done.
Why I Like This Computer:
It's affordable and I can always add more RAM to it later if I need to increase speed and power later.
I am going to be honest with you, I am not the biggest fan of dell computers but when I noticed that they have 4 out out of 5 star reviews on Amazon. I had to take a closer look.
Could this be good computer for a home studio and I believe that the answer is yes. Here's why the specs are pretty good and the price is very reasonable.
Here's What I Like About It:
For the price you get a really good computer, most Inspiron's come with a 8GB hard drive which can handle most DAW's. Also since it's popular you can always add more power to your computer as you develop more music.
I am going to tell you a secret that you probably already know. Computers are all about RAM and Hard Drive. Well there are more things to consider but if you are recording music at home this should be your main concern.
When I noticed that there are HP pavilion's with 12 GB RAM and a TB hard drive for under a thousand bucks on amazon I knew that this was a solid computer. I know that this article is about recording and making music at home, but I noticed that this highly praised by gamers for its dependability.
What I like About This Computer:
If gamers say it's quality it has to be good because the games they play require a lot of power to run effeciently.
Considered by many as a “gaming desktop computer” obviously because of its video card capacity, processor, RAM and overall quality, it is the best choice for someone who loves to make music too because of the very same reasons. Although video cards aren’t necessary with recording or producing music, this computer is a bit cheaper compared to others especially when you want to use it for music production. We understand that there are other computers in your list and may be more suited to your needs, but I am sure that you are not buying a new one just for music, so purchasing this one is on your best interest.
What I Like About This Computer:
Honestly the power that you get for the price is what I like. This would be a good computer for recording music for any starter home studio.