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System requirements for music production

Minimum system requirements

  • macOS 10.13 or later, or Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Intel Core i5 processor or AMD multi-core processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Approximately 3 GB disk space on the system drive for the basic installation (8 GB free disk space recommended)


Optimal specifications

It’s important to note that these are absolute minimum requirements, and for optimal performance, you may need a higher specification computer. This means that if you have the opportunity to spend a little more on the processor or the free RAM (for example 12 GB RAM or 16 GB RAM) that could improve the performance of your computer.

Can’t wait?

The following links provide introductory videos for popular digital audio workstations (DAWs):

In addition to learning how to use a DAW, it’s important to have a basic understanding of music theory and chord progressions. These videos can help:

Choosing a DAW and watching the specific tutorial provided for it on this list should equip you with the necessary knowledge to start making your own music inside of the program. Additionally, if you are interested, you can watch the videos on music theory and making chords in order to get a deeper understanding of how music composition works.


What exactly is a DAW?

A DAW, or digital audio workstation, is a software application used for recording, editing, and producing audio. It allows you to record and manipulate audio, add effects and virtual instruments, and mix and master their final product. A DAW is an essential tool for music producers, audio engineers, and musicians who want to create professional-quality music or audio content. It is something you need to learn in order to start producing music.

Do different genres of music require specific DAWs?

No, different genres of music do not require specific DAWs. While some DAWs may have features that are more geared towards certain genres, such as Ableton Live being popular for electronic music production, any DAW can be used to produce any genre of music. The choice of DAW is ultimately up to personal preference, workflow, and the specific features and tools needed to make the music you want to make.

Can I use a DAW without any external hardware?

Yes, you can use a digital audio workstation (DAW) without any external hardware. A DAW is a software application that allows you to record, edit, mix, and produce audio using your computer. It includes virtual instruments, effects, and other tools that you can use to create music.

While external hardware can enhance the capabilities of a DAW, it is not necessary to have any hardware to use a DAW. You can use your computer’s built-in sound card or audio interface to record audio and play back your tracks. Additionally, using a MIDI keyboard or controller can make it easier to create and control virtual instruments in your DAW. But again, it is not necessary to have external hardware to use a DAW.

Can I use a DAW to record live instruments and vocals?

Yes, you can use a DAW to record live instruments and vocals. You will need a microphone, audio interface, and any necessary cables to connect your instruments or vocal microphone to your computer. Once you have set up your equipment, you can create a new audio track in your DAW and begin recording. You can also use the editing tools in your DAW to manipulate and fine-tune your recordings.