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
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. 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. Contact Nick Giarratani for more information.