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Laptop Recommendation

All Salem State students are required to own a laptop computer. Music majors are encouraged to purchase Macintosh laptops as we reflect the current industry climate by utilizing Mac-specific software in our courses. If you have questions, contact the department staff associate at 978.542.6689.

The following basic laptop specifications are recommended for incoming music majors:

Base model Apple MacBook or better

At least a 256 GB Solid State Hard Drive

At least 8 GB of RAM

AppleCare Protection

Optional 3rd party software and accessories:

Finale 2016 or higher for Macintosh

Avid Pro Tools 12

Ableton Live 9 (free version available)

Logic X or higher

ComputraceLojack for Laptops

Kensington Notebook Security Lock

Virus Protection Software (Sophos (free), etc.)  

Microsoft Mac Office (latest version available through the university)
An additional external hard drive of at least 150 GB 


Please note: This is a baseline specification for an entry-level laptop for music majors only! If you are planning on doing a lot of digital audio and/or music production you will want to upgrade your RAM and your hard drive space. If you are not a music major, please contact your respective department for their requirements. Music majors can contact Nick Giarratani for more information.

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