What computer should I buy to use for recording music with a MIDI keyboard mic and Cubase?
I want to buy a computer fo amateur music recoding and composition. What specifics should I look for?
My budget is 200-550£ (400-1100$)
The software I use is Cubase SX 4.1.1.
Thanks in advance
- SaulLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
At least a gig of memory and processor hz, and a couple for hard drive space. Preferably more. As much memory as you can afford, really.
You want a good sound card, one capable of 24-bit recording and playback. M-audio is good.
- 1 decade ago
In the "just over a thousand dollars" range, you could get yourself a wicked Windows laptop, or a nice Mac laptop. Macs are nicer, but yeah, for under $1500, you're not going to get a wicked Mac, unfortunately.
I prefer windows computers though - over the last decade, the Mac/Windows musical playing field has leveled out to the point where PC versions are usually better-maintained than mac versions. And unless you depend on software piracy to find programs, you'll have no trouble finding mac apps.
Macs have nicer built-in soundcards, too, but since you'll be likely getting an outboard sound device, that shouldn't be a deciding factor. I've done production on Windows computers and Macs for years and the only noticeable differences I've noticed are that Macs have nicer soundcards but crash more. But now that OS X is getting more stable and Windows is going from bad (XP) to worse (Vista), the stability situation is levelling out a bit.
If you get a Windows laptop, make sure to get it with XP and NOT Vista. That's just general advice - Vista's not good for any kind of production environment, it's still too unstable as of this writing.
- 1 decade ago
apple macbook or macbook pro