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best pc laptops for music
Looking for the best PC laptop 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 laptop computer is one of the most import choices you'll have to make!

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

 

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HIGHER PRICED - PC MUSIC LAPTOP COMPUTER

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MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G 17.3 Inch - Intel i7 Quad-Core 
Only $2,199

This computer boasts an Intel i7-6820HK 2.7Ghz Quad-Core processor.  It has a 128GB Solid State Drive and 32GB of Ram.

The music PC has more than enough power for any DAW setup!  And a great 17.3" monitor!!


MEDIUM PRICED - PC MUSIC LAPTOP COMPUTER

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MSI GE72 Apache Pro 17.3 Inch - Intel i7 Quad-Core
Only $1,414.99

This computer boasts an Intel i7-H700HQ 2.7Ghz Quad-Core processor.  It has a 128GB Solid State Drive and 32GB of Ram.

Very nice computer for the price with a big 17.3" monitor!

 

LOWER PRICED - PC MUSIC LAPTOP COMPUTER

DELL Music Laptop

Toshiba Satellite 17.3 Inch - AMD Quad-Core
Only $489.00

This computer has an AMD 2.4Ghz Quad-Core processor.  It has a 750GB Hard Drive and 6GB of Ram

If you're working on your own music, this computer will be fine.  If you run a business and you're exporting 20-30 songs a day, I would opt for a faster quad-core, otherwise you're wasting an hour every day in export time.

The Music Production Secrets Series
by John Rogers

  

My Best Mixing & Mastering Articles

Audio Mastering Software Processors

Here are the series of audio mastering software processors I've used on the over 30,000 songs I've mastered since 1999.  In this video, I use mostly izotope ozone plugins because it's easier to explain using them.  In real-life, I do mix in a few hardware pieces, and a waves plugin.

 

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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.

 

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How To Mix And Master Songs

If you're into "do it yourself projects" my mastering book will show you EXACTLY how I mastered every style of music on this website.  Get it here Audio Mastering Secrets!

Can Anyone Become A Great Sound Engineer?

11 become great sound engineer

I would say YES, most people can become a great mastering engineer. I say this because most of the mixes I receive from clients are pretty good and I know the audio engineer (the band member with a computer) has only minimal training.  He could easily be great if he put a little more study and practice time into it.  And if he had this book to teach him what took me over 17 years to learn!  Ha!

 

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Creating Headroom In A Mix

17 how create headroom in mix

 

To create a mix for mastering with proper headroom is pretty simple. 

 

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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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Monitor Speaker Placement For Your Home Recording Studio And DAW Setup

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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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Mastering Hardware Equipment You Need For Your DAW Home Recording Studio

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

 

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What Is Headroom In Mastering?

15 what is headroom in mastering

In order to produce a good master, a mix needs proper headroom and dynamic range.

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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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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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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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Top 17 Common Music Mixing Mistakes And How To Fix Them!
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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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Cheaply Soundproofing Your Room For Audio Mastering

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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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How To Prepare Your Songs For Mixing
prepare songs for mixing

In this article, I'll show you how to prepare your songs for mixing.

 

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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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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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Best Mixing Levels Before Mastering

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Correctly setting your mixing levels before mastering is essential for great mastering results.  Having the best DB levels for mixing is critical.  Here's how to properly do it!

 

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What Is Reverb Effect In Music | How To Use Reverb

This article discusses what is the reverb effect in music and how to use it?  The reverb effect is used to simulate space. When reverb is applied to a dry vocal or instrument track, it will sound like it was recorded live in the space size that was selected on the processor. Common space size options include a small room, vocal plate, large hall, etc.

 

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Should Your Mix Sound Close To A Mastered Song?

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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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My First Music Video!

Here's the first music video I directed, Mahalin Muli by JAI, released on July 10th, 2018.  I also wrote more than half of the script. 

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Learning And Calibrating Your Speakers For Your DAW In Audio Mastering

3 calibrate speakers audio mastering daw

Learning and calibrating your speakers for your DAW in audio mastering is a very important step in the audio mastering process.  When I first start out with NEW speakers (though I never change them now), I listen to my favorite hit songs in every genre and style.  Songs that I know from my years of experience have X amount of bass, X amount of brightness, etc.  I know how these songs are "supposed" to sound.

 

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How Much Should I Charge For Mastering?

I've mastered over 40,000 songs since 1999.  I've charged $10 a song, $20, $30, $50 even $100!  Some prices worked better than others.  Here are a few facts to consider when deciding on what prices to charge.

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What Is Audio Mastering?

9 what is audio mastering

What is audio mastering?  I've seen a lot of different answers on the Internet to this simple question.  Some were pretty technical and confusing.

 

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A/B Comparison In Mastering
In this video I do a quick A/B comparison of a few songs.  In my audio mastering secrets video series, I get a lot more in-depth into exactly what you are trying to achieve sonically for your genre/style of music.
 
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