So you want to get serious about music production or podcasting? You’ll need a good laptop that can handle everything you throw at it.
There is a good chance you’ll have lots of programs and tabs open at the same time and you will need the ability to add at least 1 extra screen (many people use 2 or 3). These usage requirements use a lot of RAM and graphic power, respectively. I recommend getting at least 16GB RAM if at all possible.
Most important for audio processing is a CPU with fast single-core performance. This will allow you to get your mixes into a single file much quicker and process effects and chains without the CPU needing to wait, among many other benefits. 8th generation Intel i7 processors are the best, followed by Intel i5. 7th generation processors are also excellent.
We’re just going to focus on the best laptops for music production and podcasting. There are many more options for desktop and all-in-one computers that work well for audio recording and podcast recording, but the flexibility and portability of a laptop makes it a must-have.
The other big thing to consider is Apple vs Windows (Mac vs PC). This choice usually comes down to what recording software (DAW) you are going to use and what you are used to using. Personally, I’m an Apple fan, but I started with Windows – and I use both of them daily. The Mac operating system is usually more stable, which can be critical when recording, although there are tons of big-name producers who swear by both systems.
If you want to use Logic Pro, it’s made by Apple and only works their computers. If you want to use GarageBand (a great choice for podcast production), it’s included free with Apple computers. Avid Pro Tools is another very popular industry-leading software that works on both systems.
Many of these popular tools have minimum requirements and recommended requirements. Performance will be much better if you get a laptop with at least the recommended requirements so I’m just going to recommend music production laptops that meet or exceed the recommended specs.
You usually will have a much longer lifespan if you get a computer toward the higher end of the spec list because it won’t be outdated as quickly, which means over time it will actually cost you less. Just something to consider.
Apple MacBook Pro
32GB of RAM
2.6GHz 6-core Intel i7 processor
256GB (or 512GB) solid-state hard drive
Intel i7-8750H 6-Core CPU
NVIDIA RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
7th generation Intel Core i7 Processor,
512 GB of storage
16 GB RAM
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504GW
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core processor
144Hz 3ms 15.6” 1920×1080 IPS Type Display
Dell XPS 15
8th generation Intel i7-8750H
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