If you need an electronic music production equipment guide this post will help you understand why you need each of these electronic music production equipment!
The Ultimate Electronic Music Production Equipment Guide
When it comes to getting the right electronic music production equipment there is some specific equipment that needs to be explained so you know why they are in this list.
Let’s start with the simple items.
What You’ll Need
Before we can get to work and start learning about recording, you’ll need a few things.
Know that electronic music production equipment will cost you some money, but you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot.
In summary, here’s what you’ll need:
- Computer (Let’s say everyone has a computer this time around)
- DAW (now that’s new)
- Headphones (i bet you have one.. but I’m not referring to the ones you carry along!)
- MIDI controller (optional but important as well)
Let me go ahead and break each of these items into understandable bites and I will add nessesary ones along the line.
Get a Computer
You’ll be creating your electronic music via a piece of software called a DAW (digital audio workstation).
That’s the reason why you’re going to need hardware to run it.
Naturally speaking you should already own a computer.
Here are some basic specs your computer needs to have to be a good fit for electronic music production:
- 16 GB of Ram
- 2.5 GHz clock speed
- 1 TB storage
- At least 2 USB ports
So get a computer or upgrade what you already have!
Chances will be that your computer likely comes with a microphone input port and you can buy low-grade microphones to plug directly into your sound card, you won’t achieve anywhere near a high level of quality.
So here are some good fits for your audio interface:
Get A Microphone(s)
If you plan to record vocals or live instruments, you’ll need at least one microphone. Most microphones record certain instruments and sound types better than others.
What about Headphones?
When it comes to getting a good electronic music production equipment it’s very important to accurately hear your instruments and audio files.
Headphones are another crucial tool that you will need.
When you are just beginning, you can go ahead and use whatever headphones you have but it will become more crucial as you advance, but even beginners should pay attention to the balance of each element in their track.
Studio Monitors for great sound!
If you’ve never heard music through a pair of even decent studio monitors, you might be blown away by the detail they provide.
Studio monitors are designed with the opposite goal of providing a perfectly FLAT frequency response, so engineers can hear a mix as it truly is, flaws and all…so they can adjust accordingly.
Not to be confused with a computer monitor that displays a picture, studio monitors are speakers that do their best to represent recorded sound as cleanly and accurately as possible.
Midi Keyboards are essentially the same as a regular keyboard, but they only output MIDI data instead of sound.
If you plan to use virtual instruments in your arrangements, you’ll need a MIDI keyboard to play them.
These come cheap, and you don’t need anything fancy in most cases.
A lot of the instruments you will be using will be controlled using MIDI information. The easiest way to control these VSTs will be through the use of a MIDI keyboard.
They are fairly budget-friendly and will make a big difference in your ability to control your instruments. If you have any musical background, I highly recommend it.
You’ll need a few cables to connect all your hardware but in the beginning, all you need is 3:
- One XLR cable to connect a mic to your audio interface.
- And two more to connect the interface to your monitors.
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Software
The DAW is the most important piece of equipment (or software) you’ll need. It’s where all the magic is going to happen.
If you don’t have recording software you can’t do much with your computer.
When it comes to picking a DAW I’ve chosen Cubase because it’s powerful, runs on both Windows and OS X, you can get a free trial, and you can buy the entry level version (which offers plenty of power and features) for under $100.
In case you didn’t know a DAW is a piece of software that lets you record, arrange, mix and master all your tracks.
Mixing and arranging can be close to impossible without the right gear.
With the help of the right DAW, you’ll be able to ensure your audience hears you as you want them to hear your music.
Most DAWs come with a few low-quality virtual instruments but you’ll probably want to upgrade to something better if you intend to use them regularly in your recordings.
Stands are there to serve the microphones but start with getting 1 or 2.
And while you might assume that all stands are pretty much the same…
They actually come in many shapes and sizes, each designed for specific tasks.
Why do you need a pop filter? here is why:
Your mouth expels a strong burst of air whenever you pronounce “p” or “b” sounds.
When singing into a microphone, that blast of air is heard as a low frequency “thump” known as popping, which is both unpleasant to the ears, and unacceptable on a recording.
Pop filters are designed to solve this problem by catching the blast of air before it hits the diaphragm of the mic.
That includes all you need to know to start producing electronic music, woohoo!
It’s very possible to get started for under $200 (let’s say you already have a laptop). It’s even possible to start making your own music with free programs and plugins!
Just getting started no matter your budget and know that you can always save up and upgrade your equipment down the road.
There you have it, the Ultimate Electronic Music Production Equipment Guide For Beginners!
What’s your favorite electronic music production equipment?
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