Should I get a PC or Mac for Music Production?

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If you are planning to buy a new laptop for music production, you might be torn between the decision, whether to choose Windows or Mac. While MacBooks are hip today and are used by many producers, Windows laptops offer more flexibility options.

However, if you are enrolled in a course to learn Disk Jockeying, then you will need to buy the laptop which supports the software that is being used in your institute.

Build quality

MacBooks are definitely better built than most Windows laptops. They also tend to hold up better over time. However, there are specific laptops with Windows that have equally great build quality. It is difficult to get PCs that are well built as MacBook Pros, but you need to specifically look for them.

Customizing

Once you buy a MacBook, you cannot change its configuration. You cannot add more storage or RAM if you want. Many Windows laptops come with user replaceable parts and are easier to upgrade later. You can thus buy a cheaper model and add faster storage and more RAM if you want. If you are buying a MacBook Pro, get the specs you want right away.

Software selection

It used to be that Windows had a much better collection of software available for music production than Macs. However, as more and more professionals starting Macs, more vendors made equally good software available for OS X too. When it comes to software, both Windows laptops and MacBooks are on equal footing today.

Price

Usually, MacBooks are considered to be more expensive than Windows laptops. However, you will notice with the MacBook Pros with the same specifications that of Windows laptops cost more or less the same.

It is true though that you can choose a more affordable laptop if you are in Windows land and then upgrade later as you have more experience and are further down your career. If price is your main concern, get a Windows laptop. Otherwise, decide based on other factors important to you.

Stability

MacBooks are considered to be more stable than windows laptops. This is because there is a huge variety of hardware for Windows, so supporting all of that hardware becomes very difficult.

MacBooks on the other hand are restricted to a few different models, so software is generally more stable. However, most music producers have found many problems with Windows laptops, especially if you have Windows 7 or Windows 10.

Considerations for MacBook

  • If you want the best performance, get a MacBook Pro with a 15-inch screen, because the larger models have quad core processors
  • Get at least a 512GB SSD and 1TB is you can pay for it
  • Make sure your music production software is supported on OS X

Considerations for Windows Laptop

  • Get a laptop that has at least 8 GB of RAM. If you can, add 8 more GB to make it 16GB for seamless performance
  • Like the MacBook Pro, get a 15-inch Windows laptop because the larger device size allows a faster processor to be used
  • See if you can find a laptop that is certified for the production software you will use. (It is OK if there is no certification, but approval from the software vendor gives you guarantee of more stable software)

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