The World's Best Computers for Music Production 2016

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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Post by KEEZ on 02 Sep, 2016

IMAC 27inch retina 4GHZ is by far the greatest music producing computer on earth.
Hoping you change the title of this to PC.

Post by Nomis on 02 Sep, 2016


Thanks for taking the time to write this very informative post. I am in the market for a PC to use in my music recording home studio (Pro tools 12, MPC, Studio one Pro, Capture and Sonar) so your post does help. I am in the research phase so I am reading a lot of forums’ posts to find that what is the most common/consistent PC mentioned. My question to you is; I noticed that you didn’t list PCAudioLabs…. is that because they don’t match up to the PCs you listed, or is it that you haven’t used them? Please note that I am asking with no other motives than to find the right PC without a later case of buyer’s remorse.

The list I have so far (based upon research) is:

1. Lenovo P50 – (Laptop – Quad, i7, 3.6gz, up to 64gb RAM, 256 ssd + 1tb hhd) or
Lenovo P710 – (Desktop – Quad, 2 Xeon, 64gb RAM, 512ssd + 1tb hhd)

2. PCAudiolabs MC M7 (Laptop – Quad, i7, 2.6ghz, 32gb RAM, 250pcie +1tb hhd)
PCAudiolabs ROK BOX MC10 – (Desktop – Quad, i7, 4.0gz, up to 64gb RAM, 240ssd + 2tb hhd)

3. IMAC 27"

4. Asus ROG

5. Sweetwater Custom Built PC.

I am trying to pick the best of those 5… maybe through the process of elimination. I had Dell PC (including the Alienware) on my list, however, the common read on the forums is for to “stay away from dell”.

Any advise?



Post by Raymond on 02 Sep, 2016

Thank you for this information! Super helpful!



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