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Looking for the best PC desktop computers for music production and recording in 2018 for your DAW home recording studio?

Out of all the components in the home recording studio, your PC music desktop computer is one of the most import choices you'll have to make!

 

 

You have two formats of desktop computers to choose from, PC or Mac.  In this article, I am going to focus on the PC desktop music computer.

A minimum of a 2.5GHZ Quad Core computer is highly recommended.  Dual cores just don't have enough speed compared to a quad core.  A 250GB hard drive is sufficient because you only run the DAW software on the main drive, and your song files, virtual instrument, etc. are either on additional drives or on external drives.  I use external drives because you can easily disconnect them and put them in a safe place when you leave the house.

If you're looking at getting a PC, I really like these souped up gamer PCs.  I've used them for the last 10 years!  I've had the Dells, HPs, Compaqs, etc.  Those PCs were decent, but I paid double or TRIPLE for the EXACT same computer, just because it had a brand name on it!


 

"BEST PC MUSIC DESKTOP COMPUTER PICKS FOR 2020"

 

LOW PRICED - PC MUSIC COMPUTER (DESKTOP)
 

Cybertron Hellion

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra GUA3120A w/ AMD FX-4300
AMD 3.8GHz QUAD CORE CPU, 8GB DDR3, AMD R7 250 2GB

1TB HDD, 24X DVD+-RW & Win 10 Home 64-Bit Desktop

Click here for current price - Only $569

This music PC has more than enough power for any DAW setup!  I have used a similar PC for the last 7 years!

 


MEDIUM PRICED - PC MUSIC COMPUTER (DESKTOP)

CybertronPCdesktop 2

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop Gaming PC
Intel i5-7400 3.0GHz QUAD CORE CPU, AMD RX 580 4GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM
1TB 7200RPM HDD, WiFi, Win 10 Home, Black

Click for current price - Only $719

This a great choice and can handle all of your DAW needs! 


HIGH PRICED - PC MUSIC COMPUTER (DESKTOP)

 

Cybertron Patriot

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A2 Desktop Gaming PC
Intel i5-7400 3.0GHz QUAD CORE CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM

1TB 7200RPM SATA III HDD, 120GB SSD, Win 10 Home, Black

Click for current price - Only $1,099

Intel i5 is a fast processor!  Export your mixes and masters in a minute or less (not several minutes)!


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The Music Production Secrets Series
by John Rogers

  

My Best Mixing & Mastering Articles

Mid Side EQ In Mastering

This is a quick video on how a mid-side processor works, and how to check the stereo field of your mix using a mid-side processor equalizer.

 

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Fixing A Bad Mix With Mastering

A lot of mastering engineers are afraid to make drastic changes to a mix they are working on.  That, or they're stuck in the familiarity of always making only small changes. 

In this video I show how you can turn a weak mix (definitely wouldn't call it bad) into a great sounding master, simply by pushing your levels a little more than you might be used to.

 

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How To Master Hip Hop And Rap
 In this article I will discuss how to master hip hop and rap songs.  Every genre (style) of music has its own set of sonic qualities that are unique to the genre.  These sonic qualities are a "must to know" if you want to audio mastering your own hip hop or rap music. Read more ...
The Sound Engineer SCAM! Does More Expensive Mean Better?


The sound engineer scam, the online recording studio ripoff, whatever you want to call it.  I hear about it 3-4 times a month from my clients, since 1999.  It never changes!

 

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Mastering A Song For Radio

14 song ready for radio

Here's another popular question I see online, always with the wrong answer! "There's no such thing as radio ready mastering!"  REALLY?  Read more....

 

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How To Master Hard Rock And Heavy Metal
 In this article I will discuss how to master hard rock and heavy metal songs.  Every genre (style) of music has its own set of sonic qualities that are unique to the genre.  These sonic qualities are a "must to know" if you want to audio mastering your own hard rock or heavy metal music. Read more ...
How To Master Movie Soundtracks, Classical, and Jazz
 In this article I will discuss how to master movie soundtracks, classical, and jazz songs.  Every genre (style) of music has its own set of sonic qualities that are unique to the genre.  These sonic qualities are a "must to know" if you want to audio mastering your own movie soundtracks, classical, and jazz music. Read more ...
Best Free Redbook CD Burning Software
Yes, burning your own redbook master CDs is very easy!  Here's how to make your own redbook CD masters for free! 
 
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Can You Master A Song That's Already Been Mastered?
Can I master a song that's already been mastered?  Yes!  Every month I master songs that have already been mastered.  Read more....
 
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What Does Channel Mean In Music And Mixing?

It's the most basic of all questions, but someone asks it at least once a week.  In this article, I will explain what channel means in music and mixing

 

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How Much Headroom Before Mastering Should I Leave?

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How much headroom before mastering should you leave in your mix?  Here's the correct amount of headroom you should leave, using detailed graphic examples.

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Should Your Mix Sound Close To A Mastered Song?

13 mix sound like master

Note - This section is basically a tip for those of you working with clients or if you plan on submitting your mixes to a mastering engineer.

 

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Best Room Size For Audio Mastering DAW Home Recording Studio

6 best room size for audio mastering

So, what is the best room size for audio mastering in your DAW home recording studio?  Technically, you can properly mix or master in any room size.  But, I believe a smaller room is better than a very large one for someone who's just starting out. And when I say smaller I mean closer to 12'x15' than to 20'x30'.  I've mixed and mastered songs for a number of years in a 20'x30' room.  It took me a few days to get used to it, but after that I could do it.

 

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Top 17 Common Music Mixing Mistakes And How To Fix Them!
audio music mixing mistakes
 
These are the Top 17 most common music mixing mistakes I see daily.  Correcting them could will improve your audio mastering results and make your mixes sound more professional.
 
 
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John Rogers - Danceur Magazine Interview (July 2018)

Since the begining of his solo career in 2008, I mastered over 80 songs with the top French recording artist NYLS.  Great pop dance music with a lot of remixes.  During his entire career (as of now), I mastered most of if not all the song he released.  It was a great pleasure working with NYLS and Nico at Icon Records!

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What's The Difference Between Mixing And Mastering

8 difference between mixing mastering

What's the difference between mixing and mastering?  A lot of people new to music don't know the answer to this.

 

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Audio Engineer Hearing Loss And Tinnitus

5 sound engineer prevent tinnitus

Millions of people suffer from tinnitus.  A new study shows around 10% of the U.S. population suffers from it in some form, but many have never even heard of it until they get it!  Unfortunately, I was one of those people.  It can happen quickly and it lasts a lifetime... 

 

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What Software Do You Need For Audio Mastering?

2 software for audio mastering

If you've mixed songs in the past, you more than likely can use that same software for audio mastering. As long as you can add effects to the stereo/main out bus, you're good to go.  Read more....

 

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Cheaply Soundproofing Your Room For Audio Mastering

1 cheaply soundproofing room studio

I had to write a quick note on this, as I was reminded about it while thumbing through a popular mixing book that had a 15 page section on speaker resonance and room sound proofing.  I must say, a very exciting 15 pages!  Ha!

 

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Why Does A Mix Need Headroom And Dynamic Range?

16 why do songs need mastering

Why does a mix need headroom and dynamic range?  In one sentence, it gives the mastering engineer more room to work with.
 

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Why Do Songs Need To Be Mastered?

12 why need audio mastering

Why do songs need to be mastered?  I've seen this question on the Internet many times.  The answer I always see is "Because all songs on the radio have been professionally mastered, yours should be too."  This is a true fact, but not an answer.

 

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Mastering Hardware Equipment You Need For Your DAW Home Recording Studio

7 mastering hardware equipment daw recording studio

Here's the basic hardware you need to master music:

 

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Monitor Speaker Placement For Your Home Recording Studio And DAW Setup

4 speaker placemnt daw home recording studio

Here's the monitor speaker setup I use for my DAW, and the setup I recommend for your home recording studio.

 

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Which Is Better For Audio Mastering Analog Gear Or Digital Software Plugins?

18 analog digital equipment

I started my career using the old analog stuff, since that was the only option.  I incorporated digital software plugins as soon as they became available, but it took many years before computers were fast enough to run them in realtime.  And also before they started making very high quality plugins. 

 

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How To Prepare Your Songs For Mastering
preparing mixes for mastering

In this article, we'll show you how to prepare your mixes for mastering.

 

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