24 Jun Music Production: Essential Equipment You Need to Get Started
The thing about producing music is that it takes a lot of time, patience, and experience. It also requires the right setup for you to create quality sounds and songs. A lot of people have a creative interest in music production but don’t know where to start. In this article, we’ll explore both the hardware and software needed for those looking to get into music production.
If you’re beginning as a music producer, you don’t need to invest in tons of expensive gear. Instead, start with a handful of key pieces. C
- Computer – Most new music today is recorded digitally, and for that, you need a computer. But you don’t need to buy a particular machine for this. A desktop or laptop with decent specs will have enough processing capabilities to get you started.
- DAW – A DAW, or Digital Audio Workstation, is a software application for editing, recording, and creating audio files. Without a DAW, you’d still be recording on audiotape recorders.
- Audio Interface – An audio interface converts analog signals from your microphones or instrument to digital input you can record in your DAW. It also converts those digital signals back into audio you can hear with your speakers or headphones.
- Headphones & Studio Monitors – Headphones are essential for tracking and mixing. If you’re working with a limited budget, starting with a good pair of headphones is a good option until you can afford a set of monitors.
- MIDI Controller – Almost as important as your DAW is the MIDI or Musical Instrument Digital Interface that allows for communications between physical hardware and digital audio workstations.
- Microphone – A studio recording microphone captures the sound and converts it into a digital signal. The most popular types are Condenser microphones and Dynamic microphones.
- Samples – Samples are portions of an existing sound recording spliced into individual audio clips. For new producers, sample subscription services are beneficial. You can simply listen to sounds until something catches your ear, download it, and drag it into your DAW when you’re ready to make something new.
- Cables – With all this gear in your studio, you’ll need the correct cables to connect it all up.
Once you’ve got all this basic setup, you’re ready to produce your own music!