Plus, the thing looks amazing, but that's not as important. This build is very much designed around being the at-home professional studio PC. The best advice I can give here is to use your ears. Because of this, Cubase has become a natural choice for a lot of new users on simpler PCs, as they can get the benefit of optimization for their current system and know that when they do upgrade to something more substantial, the software can take advantage of that performance boost. Because of this, there are hundreds and hundreds!
An inexpensive and incredibly durable dynamic microphone from one of the industry-leading manufacturers of professional mics. The builds in this guide are designed to work very well with Ableton Live and other music production and audio editing DAW programs. Not too much precision in the volume control on this unit and minimal other features, but otherwise this is a convenient, solid budget solution.
There is a massive variety of options out there for peripherals and components related to music production and audio work at all budget levels. For that reason, the microphones we recommend here are XLR mics, which will require an audio interface like one of those in the section above in order to connect to your PC. Starting off our list is the decent UMC
Audacity is a free, open-source program that can be used by anyone and everyone. This build is very much designed around being the at-home professional studio PC. While most PC users get away with having one or two, editors are very often strapped for storage as you focus on maintaining good workflow. For maximum compatibility with available music production and audio editing DAW software, we recommend using Windows. A great bang for your buck build!
For budget builds, we recommend the R5 G. The general rule of thumb is that you want a dedicated drive to store the files you are editing, and then a main storage drive once you are done with them. Below is an overview of the most prominent pieces of software for music production and audio editing.
Designed to be a solid professional workstation, this PC comes bursting at the seams with performance. Plus, the thing looks amazing, but that's not as important. Modern editing software will take advantage of many CPU cores and hyperthreading, so investing in a good CPU is crucial when building a PC for audio production. But just by itself, the GPU is not really utilized when it comes to audio work.
While an internal sound card is a great choice in terms of convenience, reduction of cable clutter, and proximity to other input ports—the quality of any internal audio processor will be mitigated by the electrical interference inside of your PC case. Package this all together with a super-fast M. For music production and audio editing, having 16GB is a reasonable minimum to ensure headroom for all relevant applications. As a music production suite, FL Studio is a favourite for the popular plugins it comes with, not to mention the fact that, if you purchase the producer edition, you get lifetime updates for the software take that, monthly subscriptions!
This is the only condenser mic in this list, which means that it uses a newer and often more sensitive recording technology which also requires external "phantom" power, and tends to have a worse price-to-performance ratio. The audio junky's free tool for all! As with each of these peripheral and audio-specific component sections, there are a couple of different quality grades here, depending on if you are just starting out, looking to spend a little more on some added features or quality, or wanting a more top-end interface. However, one of the main positives for Avid is their user-friendly interface and arguably better sound processing plug-ins and tools.
An inexpensive and incredibly durable dynamic microphone from one of the industry-leading manufacturers of professional mics. Rather than an editor, iZotope is an audio repair tool with so, so many features to fix and improve your audio. Despite the monstrous music production and audio editing prowess of this build, it amazingly still manages to leave the door open for future upgrades as well pending new releases. When Chris is not here creating builds and guides, he can be found at University, studying for a BSc in Video Production as he makes the transition over to the film industry from gaming.
The top dog of the composer world, Cubase Pro brings a superbly designed interface as well as a great feature set for composers and aspiring artists. So, it is important to not only get a power supply that will handle what you throw at it, but also one which has good power safety features in the unfortunate case of a power surge. This is geared more towards users looking to customise their build on a budget outside of our example builds. GTX Ti Motherboard: