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Laptop specs for music editing - what do you use?

After purchasing some basic gear I ran into problems with the laptop itself. It's an old one that apparently cannot handle all these tasks. I had sound quality problems, popping and other noises.

Anyway what specs does your machine have if you are recording and editing music on a laptop? How much RAM would bring me within safety limits?
Any feedback is appreciated. I prefer not to make an impromptu decision.


  • Klaus_TKlaus_T Moderator, 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,859
    edited August 22
    i would first choose a DAW that you plan to run, then check which minimum specs they require, then see how much higher you can go over the minimum without breaking your budget. most current laptops are powerful enough to handle audio with relative ease.

    i have a lenovo L560 with i7-6600U CPU @ 2.60GHz, 16,0 GB RAM, it's about 6 years old now and it is strong enough for what i do (includes music production with 40+ tracks and loads of plugins).
  • INFJINFJ 2.0 PRO Posts: 19
    Thank you again Klaus for being so helpful.

    I suppose Reaper is superior to Audacity if you want to record yourself and edit? I have both of those, but Reaper seems more complicated to me as a layman. Should not be so bad that I would not be able to learn though. I am sure there are plenty of tutorials.

    What I would like to do is to add my vocals over a track and maybe do backing of certain parts with my own voice. And add reverb and some smaller effects. That's pretty much it. I have a keyboard, but no plans on connecting that one. I only use it to figure out the key and what notes I am supposed to sing.
    I have looked around and thinking along the lines of a Core i5 2.6 GHZ and 8GB RAM. That would be within budget and within the requirements for Reaper.
  • Klaus_TKlaus_T Moderator, 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,859
    i think that's fine. i never used reaper so i can't say anything in that regard
  • sjonrokz4usjonrokz4u 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,277
    Reaper will be fine. Yes there are lots of videos. That laptop will be plenty
  • INFJINFJ 2.0 PRO Posts: 19
    Thanks a lot! They delivered the new laptop the other day and all is well. No sound problems anymore. Works with Reaper, Audacity etc.

    I have bought the KTVA course as well (went with the 2.0 download because I have a very limited internet ability in the dungeon where I practise - better to have everything ready to go on the laptop), so hope there will be some tricks to get me moving forward.
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