Ableton Live needs a lot of processing power, but if you are working with smaller track counts or need to keep your costs down then Intel’s 13th Gen Core processors offer solid performance without extreme prices. They don’t have as many cores as more workstation-oriented platforms, but instead have a combination of high clock speeds on their “performance” cores with a number of additional “efficiency” cores to handle multitasking and background threads. This performance profile also makes this configuration well-suited to other DAWs like Reaper and Adobe Audition.
For connectivity, this small and quiet tower system has numerous USB ports (including a few Type C) on the front and back, 2.5Gb wired networking capability, and WiFi. Its size does limit internal expansion somewhat, but there is room for multiple solid-state drives and one free PCI-Express 4.0 x4 slot.
If you are not sure which hardware choice is right for you, we recommend reading through the Recommended Hardware section. And as always, don’t hesitate to contact one of our sales consultants if you require assistance or a hardware configuration that is not covered by our recommended systems.
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