The amount of RAM (random-access memory) you need for your machine depends on what type of record producer you are. If you make synthesizer-heavy music then you don't really need anything between 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM.

On the other hand, if you are more likely to use tons of Native-Instruments Kontakt Libraries then you definitely need as much RAM your machine can accommodate. So don't be shy to have 128 GB of RAM or more if you can.

Just remember more RAM is useless if you have a slow CPU. Therefore, in order to improve the overall performance of your machine, you basically have to spend more money on a faster CPU. And in case you didn't know, RAM is also available at different processing speeds, bandwidth including latency which affects the overall performance as well.


What about sound mixing?
If you are mixing music then you definitely need to have tons of RAM because some mixing sessions can have numerous audio tracks including VST insert effects.

The main reason you would need more RAM as a mixing engineer is that many DAWs temporarily store your audio tracks in your RAM because it's much faster than playing them back from the hard drive itself.

However, if you are mastering music you don't really need to have tons of RAM on your workstation. You are better off buying the fastest CPU you can afford because that will allow you to run some digital audio plug-ins in high-quality mode (or "oversampling") without having to worry about your system maxing out.
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