Best Laptops for Music Production and Why

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Gone are the days when music production used to be all about looking for a big studio with tons of equipment to record and produce music. These days, anyone with the dedication, internet connection and YouTube account can learn to produce. However, in order to do that you need to have the equipment required to actually produce, and apart from sound input and processing devices like the microphone, soundcard and mixers, the major thing you need is a computer to connect all these together.  In many cases, a laptop is chosen over a desktop or used in conjunction with a desktop computer. The reason for this is usually because a laptop is portable and there are ones powerful enough to handle any music production workload.


In summary:


You would need a laptop with:

  • At least 2.2Ghz of a Quad-core processor.

  • 6GB of RAM

  • An operating System that runs on a 64-bit protocol.

  • 256GB of HDD or SSD storage at the minimum all the way to 2TB.

  • At least a full HD 15 to 17-inch screen


Here are the best selling laptops for music production in 2019:


Apple MacBook Pro


For all you Apple MacBook lovers, this should come as good news since the Apple MacBook Pro series are considered as the best laptops in the business in terms of music production. Many professional music producers have chosen the MacBook Pro as the laptop of choice for years now, and it is for a good reason. It has a touch bar for easy navigation, and the processor and memory make it faster than most computers in its class. However, it is quite expensive though. It is, after all, an Apple product.

Specifications: CPU: 4, 6, and 8 core processors | RAM: 32GB | STORAGE: 2TB to 4TB of SSD


Lenovo ThinkPad P52


In the Microsoft Windows zone, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is regarded as the best windows Laptop for music production. Though, just like the Apple MacBook Pro, this laptop has a steep price tag, but it has enough on the specifications side to make up for it.

Specifications: CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i7 with 6 processing cores | RAM: 32GB to 64GB| STORAGE: 1TB HDD or 1TB of SSD GRAPHICS: Nvidia Quadro P1000 with 4GB or Nvidia Quadro P2000 4GB card.

On standard music production activities, you can get up to 10 hours of battery life on this beasty machine.


Dell XPS 13 9360


For people that are just starting out in music production, the Dell XPS 13 9360 is the best laptop for you.

Specifications: CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 with 6 processing cores | RAM: 8GB to 16GB| STORAGE: 512GB of SSD GRAPHICS: Intel HD graphics 620 processor.

This is a 13.3-inch touch screen display laptop which makes it easier for a beginner to navigate and draw automations easily on the screen. However, for a beginner’s laptop it is on the expensive side and the ram is soldered in, so you cannot upgrade in the future, but it is a good machine to get started with.

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