How does having a DAW installed onto a SSD affect music production?

Will an SSD make DAW startup faster?
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If I install an SSD into my pc will it make performance better in regards to music production?
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Solid State Drives and Music Production
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:36:34 pm »
I want to build a desktop PC (they're cheaper than macs and just as if not more powerful) mainly for making multiple forms of electronic music. Now I know that havin an SSD is not going to improve my music and going to make everything sound better (obviously) but my issue is the laptop I use isn't cutting it speed wise. The function of a solid state is to improve speed with your OS, but whenever I for example open up 3 instances of serum or have all these plugins and samples open on a track it bogs down my computer and I get latency issues. Is it smart to install all my plug-ins and my DAW onto an SSD? Will I be able to run more or will more ram and a better processor suffice?

PS I use FL Studio 12 and I have ASIO4ALL or whate very installed and activated.


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Re: Solid State Drives and Music Production
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 10:40:33 pm »
Solid state drives are preferable to traditional motor-driven hard drives for pretty much everyone, but they won't improve your performance unless you work entirely with samples or samplers that stream off a hard drive like EastWest's Play.

Solid State drives will only increase the speed at which data can be read off the hard drive, and the speed at which your computer starts up. There are other benefits (longer life, less prone to failure, smaller size, etc) but if you're looking to improve your computer's performance you'd want to increase your RAM or improve your processer.

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Re: Solid State Drives and Music Production
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2016, 08:00:40 pm »
I built a computer around 8 months ago with tons of RAM and an SSD and it's worked like a dream so far. Installed everything onto it. Samples load instantly, I can have multiple extremely complex projects open (at the same time!), etc. I think it's worth the investment! Though all of the parts need to work in conjunction to make for a better production environment. Even one subpar piece of hardware is enough to slow down the whole workflow