Optimally, you should keep your studio computer for music recording only. This means, no computer games, no unimportant software and no internet browsing, all to optimize performance and avoid crashes. However, most people are using their computers in their home studio both for personal use and music production, so here are a few tips to avoid problems:
First of all, take backups. It’s no fun when stuff crashes and days or weeks of work get lost. Second, make sure to scan your computer regularly for malware and viruses. Third, make sure that you keep your system drive clean. Mine just got completely full, resulting in my computer freezing during recording every 5 minutes. I promise you, that’s not fun when you are on tight deadlines. It is extremely important that you keep your computer clean and fresh, as crashes and other computer problems tend to be one of the biggest pains you can encounter during recording sessions, which can completely ruin your workflow.