Essential equipment for music production

music production setup including midi keyboards, stereo speakers, computers etc
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Music production indeed is an incredibly fun job. It’s creative, feels your heart with a rare sense of productivity, and then looking at someone grooving to your tune, perhaps the best feeling you could ever witness. But, while it is a very creative job, it can be pretty hectic too, if you do not have the right set of equipment.

Whether you are just stepping into the world of music, hobbyist music producer, or simply a music enthusiast, this is an article for all of you. We have handpicked and created a list of all the must-have music equipment.

Music Production is a tough job, but through it, you can earn lots of money & fame. If you are just starting you will need some essential equipment that is basically needed for music production. Having a music recording studio is the dream of every music producer & artist. The most important part about a recording studio in today’s world that it’s easy to assemble & maintain. Branded studio equipment has now become affordable and the modern Indian industry is working at a good pace in the world of music.

Music production can be very costly but don’t worry our team will help you to search for the most affordable equipment for music production-

  • Remember if you are just a beginner it is possible to start a music production studio in Rs 10000-20000.
  • Secondly, If you are a professional musician or want to become one then you have to invest 50,000 INR to 1 lakh INR and more(approximately).
  • Although there is no such limit on how much money is really needed for buying music production equipment.

But it is good to have insight about what you’re going to venture in, before actually investing in it. So, here is a list of things (rather ideals) that you should always and always be aware of as a beginner.

  • While it is pretty great to be self-confident about your music, but a little bit of external help never harms. It is of great importance to properly equalize your sounds, thus using multiple sound systems to mix it helps a lot.
  • Before handing your tracks to someone else to listen to, give them a couple of hearings yourself. You never know what might come up from these sessions.
  • I know, it gets tricky to get that trendy track out of your head. So much so that you want to create a similar sound that might just get popular among the millennials. While there is nothing wrong with following the trends, it is certainly not always a good choice to take the same path as someone else’s. Get creative with your music, use the right equipment to make something unique, and leave a mark of your own.
  • Do not spend thousands of bucks on expensive hardware and software. While the idea of using a plugin or using the best hardware in the market can be tempting, as it is extremely timesaving, and, well let’s say it, who does not want to have the best, that’s just so much cooler, right? But in no way it is going to help you to become a good music producer.

Computer

The most essential equipment required for music production is a computer. Without a computer, nothing is possible in this field. Your computer must have at l 8GB or 16 GB of RAM, running on a Core i5  processor or better processor according to your budget. If you don’t want to spend on a new computer we can presume everyone already has a computer of some type in today’s world  And latest computers technology is fast enough to get started for your work.

Secondly, if you want to start it as a profession then you have chosen Mac over Microsoft computer. Your DAW is a major factor for music production on looking at it on a professional basis. At last, don’t forget this you will need at least 500GB to 1000GB of space on your computer to work properly without any problem. There are two drives available in the market 1. Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and 2.Solid State Drives (SSD). And the truth is that  SSD processes data faster than an HDD, but they are costly as compared to HDD. 

Our recommended computers/laptops for music production

Overall choice is in yours hands.

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Maybe you know this or not DAW is the software that you use for recording, editing, mixing, and producing music. Digital Audio Workstation or popularly known as DAW helps you create audio files, record, and edit audio files as well. It’s like the pivot of electronic music production. Unless you belong from the 60’s era and prefer to use an audio tape recorder, this indeed is a must-have equipment. There are many options available in the market with extensive features available. However, filtering, multitrack recording, tempo, and pitch modification are among the most basic features and are available in almost every DAW. Always Remember before buying a DAW make sure that it has good support as well as updates. This will be valuable if you have any queries regarding your software and there’s a company community to help you. So choose the right DAW wisely.

Here are some of the DAW available in the market

  • For beginners, Logic Pro or Ableton are perfect but they really depend on your requirements.
  • Pro Tools – excellent DAW for commercial recording, mixing, and mastering.
  • FL Studio – This is best for electronic music producers. So if you planning for electronic music then it will perfect for you.
  • Reaper – cheaper and modifiable according to your choice, best for Windows.
  • PreSonus Studio is a low Priced DAW at an approximate range of 7000 to 8000 Rupees, it is also one of the best DAW available in the market.

Overall, there are many DAW software available in the market but our team recommends you to choose from the above-listed DAW software.

MIDI Controller

As a music producer, everyone should know the fact that synchronization is such an important part that you just cannot be reluctant about. The same goes for hardware and software. Thus, the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface Controller) is another must-have in the list of essential equipment. MIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a device that helps in communications between hardware and digital audio workstations (DAW).MIDI Controller look like traditional piano keyboards. literally, we can say that MIDI controllers are a modified version of keyboard controllers. You may be a beginner or a professional musician and if you don’t know how to play instruments in such a case a MIDI controller becomes an essential part of music production.

Which type of MIDI controller to buy ?

  1. A 25-key controller is perfect for BEGINNERS who are just starting their own music production house.
  2. The best part of the 25-key controller is that it can be upgraded to 49 keys if you want more flexibility & features for your work.
  3. If are going as a professional base you can buy a controller with 61 keys.

Now look at the top 3 MIDI controllers recommended by our team

If you are just a beginner and looking for a cheaper and affordable controller then novation launch key controllers are best for you, we will recommend this as compared to any other budget MIDI controllers. A well built controller and it is obviously durable. You can also see our list of best MIDI controllers from low budget to high.

M-AUDIO CODE 61 is excellent for professional music producers, the features present in this controller are not suitable for beginner musicians to use. If you are pro just grab it.

Headphones

The first and foremost quality that you need to master to become a successful music producer is the art of listening. Thus, a good pair of studio headphones will greatly help you in achieving your intended goals.

To check, control, and monitor while recording music audio and mix-master on the go, you will need a pair of good quality headphones that can translate your recordings. Unlike your regular headphones or your gaming headphones, these are designed to have a neutral sonic balance to provide you with an effective sound that is accurate, and not something that has been processed to sound different or better, for that matter. Maybe you think headphones are needed for monitoring while recording but in case you can also use headphones as an extra reference for mixing and mastering but we advise you to not depend on the headphones alone as it may cause hearing fatigue and or in the worst case it can cause ear damage.

Let’s talk about top 2 headphones that you should buy

1. Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Audio Technica ATH-M40x review

What to say about ATH-M40x? Good quality headphones at an affordable price, As compared to other models in this price range we can say they are extremely excellent. Altogether we can say they are good for those who are getting started in the world of music production. The in-build look and quality are pretty decent and the sound is fair value for money. The best part is you can remove cables if you want, something which you tend not to get on headphones in this price range.

2. Sony MDR-7506

Sony MDR-7506 review

Sony is best known for its attractive features and quality. This Sony MDR 7506 is a closed back headphone which makes it a good  for recording in music studio. If you are choosing this buy a pair because they are not much costly.

There are 100s of varieties, models, and brands of headphones available in the Market. But choose wisely according to your budget.

Microphones

You may call microphone oxygen for your music production but harsh truth is that you will need a collection of different microphones each for different purposes according to uses. The most important factor to take into consideration for music recording is the type or genre you want to record as condenser microphones are often used for Pop, Hip-hop, and other related genres, dynamic microphones are great for Rock, Grunge, and Metal.

Now look at the top 2 microphones recommended by our team

Here are a few options to start with:

  • MXL 770 – Cheaper than other condensers, comes with a free shock mount and a rugged carrying case for safe-keeping.
  • Rode NT1-A – If you’re looking for a complete package, you can purchase one of the most popular mics used by musicians.

Choose your microphone according to your needs

Audio Interface

In simple words, we can say that is an external soundcard that records analog audio into digital audio on your computer. It also helps in checking audio quality, tracking, and mixing sounds. The fact is that you have to check that on which interface your DAW work properly as it can cause a problem in working properly. Depending on your needs some will be better than others indeed, so be careful and well aware of your needs.

Top 2 audio interface recommended by our team

Arturia AudioFuse

Arturia AudioFuse review

The Arturia AudioFuse better is known for in build talkback microphone. They are excellent for recording. There is a chance for an upgrade as the Audiofuse comes with an ADAT connection, it can enable you to extend its current 2 mic inputs to a 14-in /14-out setup. The AD/DA  goes up to 24-bit/192kHz. According to Your wish.

Focusrite Scarlett Thunderbolt/USB Line-up

Focusrite Scarlett Thunderbolt/USB Line-up review

Focusrite Scarlett may be costly as compared to other brands but here you will get wide options to choose the interface, from the Clarett 2pre, 2pre USB, 4pre, 4pre USB, 8pre, 8pre USB, and the 8preX (Thunderbolt connection).

At last the choice is yours. 

Studio Monitors

One of the most expensive parts of the music production house. As buying and investing in it is a costly work but It can give the best results. The studio monitor is a speaker that is designed to be used in a professional audio production setting. The studio monitor is used in recording studios, radio and television studios, during filmmaking or other professional sound recording applications. There are also home studio monitors for use in small or home studios.

The main feature of the studio monitor is its ability to produce a flat phase and frequency. This is fairly technical, but in layman’s terms, it means that the studio monitor produces a very transparent audio signal without any distortions. Choosing the brand will depend on your choices. Mostly different brands offer different sizes of monitors for different room sizes. you need to buy them with a stand.

Now look at the top 2 studio monitors

1.KRK Rokit 6 Gen 3

KRK Rokit 6 Gen 3 review

Remember the fact every speaker will have a different sound no matter what the manufacturer tells you, flat or not. It’s a great prospect to understand your studio monitors.

2. Yamaha HS8

Yamaha HS8 review

As compared to the first one it is more expensive but It will give the expected clean authentic sound that you would want.

As there are many more brands compare them and choose wisely but we recommend these 2 brands of studio monitors.. 

Pop filters

Last but not least the pop filter are used with the microphones. Not much to say they are the most  cheapest product that are used for music production.

Not wasting your time let’s talk about the top 2 pop filter recommended by our team

1. Nady SPF-1

Nady SPF-1 review

One of the most best selling pop filters Nady SPF-1 are the first choice for the beginner as well as the professionals.

2.On-Stage Stands ASFSS6GB Dual-Screen

On-Stage Stands ASFSS6GB Dual-Screen review

There are two screens for on stage block plosive sounds, the ASFSS6GB has Two screens for better working. There many other options available in the market at many affordable rates, compare them according to your choices.

In conclusion, we can say,

These all are the essential equipment for music production. You will need time and money to reach the topmost position in a music production house.  All you need is to keep working properly and consistently with whatever equipment you have.

Frequently asked questions

Q.1 What is the difference between studio monitors and home speakers?

Ans. People often get confused between home speakers and studio monitors and buy the wrong product. So let me tell you before you buy any of these, a studio monitor is a speaker specially designed for audio production as it produces an almost original sound of a given track whereas home speakers are specially designed for listening music that means the given track is ultimately consumed by a consumer so the speaker has increased bass and sound effects, in short the home speakers provide an automatic edited sound track.

Q.2 What is the difference between dynamic mic and a condenser microphone?

Ans. A microphone is called dynamic when a sound wave hits a diaphragm (a device usually made of plastic or polyester film used to sense a sound signal) causing it to move. The diaphragm is attached to a metal coil which is suspended between two magnets. When the diaphragm moves the coil also moves up and down producing a small AC current, mimicking that of the sound wave. A condenser microphone also contains a diaphragm, which is usually made of very thin metal, and another piece of metal called a backplate. Electricity is applied to both of these creating a static charge between them. Once a soundwave hits the diaphragm it vibrates and produces a small electrical current. A condenser microphone also contains a diaphragm, which is usually made of very thin metal, and another piece of metal called a backplate. Electricity is applied to both of these creating a static charge between them. Once a soundwave hits the diaphragm it vibrates and produces a small electrical current.

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