computers

What computer should I get for recording music?

Episode 1434

Kevin from Panorama City, CA
FL Studio 12

Kevin has a home recording studio for music and needs a new computer. Leo says that most music studios use Pro Tools. Kevin uses FL Studio, though. Leo says Macs are widely used in studios, but thanks to FL Studio and other programs like it, Windows machines are gaining ground. It really doesn't matter. It comes down to the software he uses. With FL Studio, any high end PC will do nicely. Leo likes Dell.

What's wrong with my computer?

Episode 1409

Peter from Escondido, CA
Hard Drive

Peter is having problems connecting his Echo to the internet, but his computer is still having problems and he thinks it has died out. Leo says it's probably coincidental that the computer went down, but it may be related since Peter said the connection interrupted and a power surge may have occurred. If Windows was indexing the hard drive, it could have spewed a word salad of 1s and 0s, making the hard drive unreadable.

How can I avoid RF interference from a computer?

Bob from Vista, CO

Episode 1380

Bob volunteered to clean up the audio at his church, and he discovered that a computer next to the amp on the desk is making the noise. But they can't move the computer. Leo says that computers shouldn't make so much noise that it would cause that much of a problem. Chances are, it's the monitor that's causing the RF interference. It's very common. It can be the power supply as well.

Why does it take so long to boot up my computer?

Episode 1367

Tom from Valdosta, GA
Hard drive

Tom says it takes over a day for his computer to boot up. Leo says it sounds like the startup process in the hard drive is damaged. If he can take the hard drive out and put it into a new computer, like Tom did, then perhaps it's a cable or power supply issue. Tom should try booting from the USB key and see if it takes the same amount of time. If that works, then clearly there's a driver or software issue causing it to boot up slowly.

What is the best computer for sketching and artwork?

Episode 1351

Terry from Burbank, CA
Microsoft Surface Studio

Terry is an artist with Disney Imagineering, and she wants to know what's a good computer to for sketching and artwork. Leo says that Microsoft's Surface Studio was just announced and it's designed with artists like Terry in mind. It has a 28" tilting display, pen stylus, and a new Dial that will enable her to change colors and other options with a turn of the wheel.

What should I get for my first computer?

Episode 1351

Shirley from North Hollywood, CA
iPad Pro

Shirley is retired and is looking for a computer. Leo says that a Chromebook is probably the best option for Shirley, and she'll need an internet connection. Shirley could also get a Chromebook with LTE.

Another option is a tablet like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. She shouldn't get a cheap one, though. Leo advises getting one with LTE so that she doesn't have to rely on Wi-Fi. T-Mobile is a good option. Leo also advises a deal of $25 with unlimited data from them when she buys the tablet up front. That's a good deal.