The Best Computer For Music Production – What's Needed And Why!

The Best Computer For Music Production – What's Needed And Why!

In this video you will learn why music production is so demanding on your computer. Not all CPU’s are well suited for music production, and in this video you’ll learn why that is. We’re also going to be building a brand new computer from scratch, and I’ll show you all the parts that goes into it and why.
If you’re on the hunt for a new computer for music production then check out the parts list below.

First part half of the video: – Why audio procesing is so demanding on your system, and what CPU’s to get.
Second half of the video: – The actual PC build

Here’s the complete shopping list for all the parts that went into this build, as well as sound card, monitors etc that I use in my studio:

☑️ Case:
☑️ Power Supply:
☑️ Main board:
☑️ CPU:
☑️ CPU Cooler:
☑️ RAM:
☑️ SSD:
☑️ Video Card (Optional):
☑️ Case fan:
☑️ Mouse:
☑️ Keyboard:
☑️ Screen:
☑️ Studio monitors:
☑️ XLR Cables:
☑️ Headphones:
☑️ Audio interface:
⚠️ Audio Interface (Budget option):

Here’s the AMD equivalent with the new Ryzen CPU’s (Just replace motherboard and CPU):

☑️ Main board:
☑️ Ryzen 3900X CPU:

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✔️ VST & Effect plugins:
✔️ Premium loops and sample packs:
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  1. EuroNymos tHedEatHGoD on November 6, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Is the Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO great for music production? (even though it’s a gaming tower).

  2. Scooter1 on November 6, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Just wanted to come back and thank you for this video and all other videos you’ve been posting since the beginning. Been a supporter since day one and I have recently bought and built my first good PC. This video especially helped me in choosing the right and most suitable parts : )

  3. Raymond Harrison on November 6, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Hello FireWalk!

    This is Raymond.
    I am going to record my own albums plus compose music to Indie film production projects for clients.

    I will download my Cubase 10.5 into an external Hard Drive from LaCie 32TB

    Below this is the APEXX T4 that I am purchasing from boxxTech!

    Processor(s) AMD RYZEN THREADRIPPER 3970X Processor (3.70GHz) 32 Core
    System Memory 64GB DDR4-3200 MHz (4 – 16GB DIMMS)
    Media Bay Blu-Ray RW Drive
    M.2 Storage 2.0TB SSD NVMe/PCIe 4.0 M.2 Drive – Extend Lead Time
    Expansion Card Slot(s) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080TI 11GB
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Professional Workstation Edition 64-Bit (4 Core+)
    Keyboard USB Keyboard
    Mouse Logitech M100 Corded Mouse
    BOXX T-Shirt Boxx T Shirt
    System Warranty BOXX Premium Support 1 Year (Years 2 and 3 Standard) – US and Canada Only

    Thanks so much for your advice. I really need to know if this is enough power for my music production projects for film composing

  4. dussie920 on November 6, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    I would like to add 3 points: Smart Disable (FL Studio), ASIO drivers and priority tracks (Atari Cubase).

    FL Studio users can use the Smart Disable setting to save CPU time. You set this up in the Audio settings first and then in the drop down menu of every plugin (synths, processors, …) you enable Smart Disable for that instance.
    This saves a lot of CPU time on CPU heavy plugins when they are idle. Sometimes it doesn’t work 100%, like with the Raum VST (reverb tails are cut to early), but you can turn the option off when you are going to render the project. 🙂

    Good ASIO drivers for your dedicated external audio device are a must
    too. Wrong drivers and internal onboard units will use CPU time to
    compute, where good external devices with good drivers can make their
    hardware do the maths for your DAW.

    I know there are still quite a lot of Atari Cubase lovers around, so
    yeah, this still can be useful to someone… 😉 Atari Cubase users
    should not forget that the first two MIDI tracks are "priority" tracks.
    You should place time critical MIDI tracks like drum parts in here.

  5. Star masterc on November 6, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I heavily recommend undervolting CPUs, it’s totally safe and you can get better Turbo Boost behavior and reduce power and temps. This is also amazing for laptops.

    I always prefer undervolting over overclocking, the latter is not safe and you can damage your system.

  6. shroud on November 6, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Can someone explain the importance of an external sound card? Many of the newer high end boards have excellent capacitors for internal audio via the mobo + optical ports if need be

  7. Giles Jones on November 6, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Very helpful video ! And what an awesome, banging trance track, here be the link:

  8. Maeguk on November 6, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Would a ryzen 7 3700X be suitable for heavy symphonic metal compositions?

  9. meatdogg101 on November 6, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    This may be a dumb question but what about a disc drive?

  10. Rienk Kroese on November 6, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Dont use Userbenchmark. Those guys get paid by Intel.

  11. Damon Dahl on November 6, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    AMD Ryzen 9 3950x VS Intel Core i9-10900K
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900x VS Intel Core i9-9900K
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x VS Intel Core i7-9700K
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 VS Intel Core i7-8700K

    Which one would offer the lowest latency?

  12. SAGE THA BODY BAG on November 6, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    I’m getting a ryzen 7 3700x and a 2070 super PC with 32 gb of ram for music production/games anybody got a better option that would suit games/music production?

  13. Feels Flows on November 6, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Hello sir, I didn’t know where to message you directly about a question I had. There was some review on amazon telling us people not too buy the Maximus RoG motherboard with the i9 as it doesn’t use the i9 full potential. Do you happen to know anything about this or what he meant? Also, I was thinking about upgrading my GPU to that of a 2060/ect. Was wondering if there was anything certain I should know about besides power cable needed. Thank you!

  14. Steph Sancia on November 6, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    @Firewalk Concerning O/S for a 2013 Laptop ! So in your opinion is Win 8.1 Pro or Win 10 Pro best for Music Production on a 2013 HP Probook 4540s Intel Core i7 3720 Quad Core 2.6 Ghz 8 Gig Memory 2TB HDD i7 ? Speedwise they are about the same BUT Every time I try Win 10 I’m forever being plagued by OCD Security features that just refuse to stay off whereas Win 8.1 I can just terminate the security period. Your thoughts ? DAWS, Presonus Studio One Professional, FL Studio, Mixcraft 8.1 and Tascam Audio interface Oxygen 25 Midi Acoustic and Vocals NON professional just starting out to try and master the fine arts of producing my own music. Your Thoughts on Win 8.1 vs 10 on an older laptop. PS, can’t put 16 gig Ram on 4540s apparently but I do have an HP PAVILION 17 quad core of about the same era. I’ve got all Windows O/S ! Gratitude ✌️🙃

  15. Putin's handsome twin on November 6, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Yes. This was exactly what I needed, someone to just tell me what matters and not. thank you so so much! <3

  16. Paul Luckey on November 6, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you. Great production also. Here’s is a discussion on the subject of music production and Threadripper processors

  17. OdiáriO on November 6, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Audio driver of your audio interface can interfere on the performance to.If you don’t have a stable drive of your audio interface a super computer don’t help you anymore

  18. Star masterc on November 6, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    I noticed something, when you put a lot of effects on one mixer track, you start to notice a single thread bottleneck in the computer and there is a bigger gap between the CPU meter in FL Studio compared to Windows 10.

    It seems that the best way to optimize the CPU usage is avoiding a lot of effects on a single channel. Sidechaining can reduce the singlethread bottleneck, i made a very synth heavy musical piece but i did sidechaining and reduced the gap between FL Studio’s CPU meter and Windows 10.

  19. Star masterc on November 6, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    I’m using an old laptop with an i7 4700MQ (6 years old at this point for 2020), this CPU is still a beast from a value/perfomance perspective. I also have 16GB.

    I like synthesizers a lot, specially using Zebra 2, so that i7 is a quadcore but with very good single thread perfomance maybe superior to 3rd gen Ryzen from the U series on the mobile segment.

    Max temp is 85 °C when the CPU usage is 100% for all cores but basically no thermal throttling overall, always at 3.2-3.1 Ghz for all cores, without fan noise, amazing laptop and is very old at this point.

    I also use it for very light gaming and console emulation.

  20. Homebrew Instrumentals on November 6, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    nicely done and thankyou but my criticism is your style is too sales pitchy… its like something off one of those advertisement channels. perhaps ditch the jingle music for either none at all or something more tasteful and sales rhythm/tone to a more human one that is more down to earth. im not trying to shit talk you by the way, just think this would help you progress from my perspective as a viewer. 🙂

  21. Adi Satrio on November 6, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    so multi thread processing is different than multi core processing? that’s why you choose to prefer single core processing number is higher?

  22. Derek Godbout on November 6, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks so much! I was ecstatic when I saw you make trance. Awesome!!

  23. F CF on November 6, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Let me say that your statement about parallel processing not being used in music production is speculative.
    A signal path is processed sequentially, that is accurate; but that does not mean that you run everything out of a single core. Each core on modern DAW can be used to perform those actions; and chained together.
    Not to disappoint but most of the operations performed by computers are sequential, even with multitasking, since you have 1 set of bank rams, so that is shared among all the cores. In short, you rely on multiple cores and their L1 and L2 cache, to perform multiple operations, and then "join them" again, so the flow and order is maintained. This is why it is so complex to program and code multi-threaded systems: not only you need to put the operations in the right order, but you also need to join them together once you split them.
    Most DAW these days are multi-core based, means that they can process at the "same time" multiple signals, and keep them in order, so the synth play before the effect, the EQ after the effect and so on.

  24. F CF on November 6, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    To follow the pizza example: a multi core CPU can prepare the dough, the sauce, the ingredients, and one core get the results of all of those operations, put together the pizza and place it in the oven to cook. So yes, you can use multicore for music production

  25. Dennis Dougherty on November 6, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    SSD is very fast for data transfer but why do EIDE drives sound better? I have not figured that one out yet, though I think it may be because we can get higher gauge wire with EIDE connection? Certainly more options.

  26. Lee Denton Music on November 6, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    This has been an incredibly helpful video. Thank you

  27. Jono Graham on November 6, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Came for the info, stayed and subscribed for that banging project you have going on as a real world performance test!

  28. FireWalk on November 6, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Here’s a complete list with amazon links to all components I’ve used to build the computer in this video, including sound card, studio monitors etc.

    ☑️ Case:
    ☑️ Power Supply:
    ☑️ Main board:
    ☑️ CPU:
    ☑️ CPU Cooler:
    ☑️ RAM:
    ☑️ SSD:
    ☑️ Video Card (Optional):
    ☑️ Case fan:
    ☑️ Mouse:
    ☑️ Keyboard:
    ☑️ Screen:
    ☑️ Studio monitors:
    ☑️ XLR Cables:
    ☑️ Headphones:
    ☑️ Audio interface:
    ⚠️ Audio Interface (Budget option):

    Here’s the AMD equivalent with the new Ryzen CPU’s (Just replace motherboard and CPU):

    ☑️ Main board:
    ☑️ Ryzen 3900X CPU: as always: If you need help with your tracks (feedback, mixing, mastering etc) then check out my gigs on Fiverr:

    Support This Channel on Patreon:

    Support us with a one-time Paypal donation:

    Need feedback on music, mixing, mastering?

  29. Lokman Merican on November 6, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    At 2:39 , your Task Manager shows similar load across all 16 "logical processors", as the graphs all look the same. This tells me the processing tasks are being distributed equally amongst all the "CPU cores"; doesn’t that contradict your claim of serial processing by just one of the CPU cores for music (audio) production?

  30. Kunal Karautiya on November 6, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Would ryzen 9 3900x be a good choice with 32 gigs of ram clocked at 3200mhz

  31. Ron Vai on November 6, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    i9 10850k or i9 10900k ? Which has a better single core performance?

  32. MrDrProfessorScience on November 6, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    So would it be better to pick a 10900k over a 10980xe? Or would the performance difference be negligible between the two?

  33. Arthur Thaete on November 6, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    If you are looking for a music production PC I would go with a system named the Hubble 710 from Maxferris Technology. I have one and it’s great.

  34. Mot Yrrah on November 6, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    How about a overclock video.

  35. Michael Anderwald on November 6, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    I came here for tits, not for some nerd talk. I hate clickbait like this.

  36. Austin Bigelow on November 6, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Great video man!!

  37. A wondering O'Neil on November 6, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    A good contestant is the Lenova V55T-15API :

    In terms of processing power to money ratio you can’t go wrong.

    Specs wise :
    Ryzen 5 3400G
    8gb RAM (easy to upgrade)
    256gb of ssd
    1TB hdd (may have changed 🤔)
    Numerous USB ports
    Windows 10 64 bit pre installed
    Radeon graphics (Not really important for audio but decent).

    All for the price of £405, not bad at all.

  38. TRI-UNE Trl on November 6, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Do you still think Intel is better than AMD for music production as of now for the fact that Intel is single core?

  39. Franz Alexander Muñiz Duran on November 6, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    What do you think of the ryzen 9 3900…?

  40. Reagan J on November 7, 2020 at 12:00 am

    you my friend, are amazing.

  41. VonliveBillionaire on November 7, 2020 at 12:00 am

    what laptop would you reccomend? im a mobile producer trying to figure this out?

  42. JELOA MUSIC on November 7, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I nit 😴

  43. Emiel333 Official on November 7, 2020 at 12:04 am

    I’ve replaced my old MacBook Pro with a new one. Really happy with the purchase. I must install all my DAW and plug-ins, though.

  44. EpocaDura on November 7, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Enabling Quad Channel Memory Seems to make a substantial impact on performance as well. If you were to double your ram (mind you, your CPU and MOBO must support Quad/Six/Eight channel memory architecture) I suspect you would see a 20% cpu load drop. Its not about having more ram in this instance, its about opening up band with for faster communication. The Next step (witch I am currently undergoing myself) is to set up a server(s) in a machine room. For Performance, Storage, And Powering multiple Instances of FL and Cubase from 3 different studio rooms. GL and keep having fun!

  45. LilLockz804 on November 7, 2020 at 12:05 am

    So whats a good pc for under 2k you can buy straight out the box and go. Needs to handle some powerhouse plugins

  46. HyderyuszEnT_Hydery Yoshikawa on November 7, 2020 at 12:06 am

    i fully REGRET to buy AMD anyway

  47. The Man on November 7, 2020 at 12:07 am

    His sound is like bright side

  48. TheOneTonne on November 7, 2020 at 12:08 am

    AMD vs Intel. Times changing)))

  49. Star masterc on November 7, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Ryzen 3 3300X (basically an i7 7700K): the best low end perfomance.

    Mid range: the i5 10600k (it’s an i7 8700K).

    Best high end: i9 10900K.

    UFO end: Ryzen 9 3950X, Threadripper 3970X.

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