Audio production can be one of the more challenging purposes for building a PC. Special care must be taken not only to know how your main hardware affects performance, but also to ensure maximum compatibility with important peripherals, interfaces, and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software options. That’s why it’s important to build a computer that will efficiently handle these audio-specific tasks, which are some of the most varied processes the average PC user will perform.

That's where this guide comes in, to help you with everything you'll need to know! We’ll explain which components are the most important for audio work, and how to get the most out of your new workstation.

We have separated this guide into four main sections:

In Section 1, we provide a selection of example balanced builds for different budgets, and how to look out for parts yourself if you’re upgrading.

In Section 2, we have an explanation of the importance of the main PC components in relation to audio editing. This is geared more towards users looking to customise their build on a budget outside of our example builds.

In Section 3, we look at the big wide world of professional audio-specific components and peripherals. This is where you will find information on sound cards, DAC/AMPs, USB interfaces, microphones, and notes about headphone and speaker/monitor options.

Finally, in Section 4, we cover some of the most prominent music production and audio editing software that is available today, ranging from the free open-source programs to the top-end license packages.

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