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DAW on a Low End Notebook?
Old 1st August 2020
DAW on a Low End Notebook?

I have been successfully using a sub $400 Lenovo 330 notebook with a Core i3 8th gen processor (Intel Core i3 @ 2.20GHz Kaby Lake-U/Y 14nm Technology) as my primary DAW.

I run Ableton, FL Studio, Cubase, Reason, and Reaper with no problems. For the few VSTis that are power hungry, I manage the polyphony and release times, or just freeze the tracks.

I updated the RAM to the max 12GB and installed a 512GB internal SSD. I use an external SSD and spinning drive for storage and backup. Although it is a dual core CPU, I set it for High Performance and it cruises along at the max CPU speed of 3.38 GHz.
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