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My Home Studio Setup
(All Music Equipment I Use)

By Life and Death Pro on Nov 16, 2016 in Blog - 0 Comments

A common question I often receive is: What music equipment do you use? I decided to give you a detailed list of my home studio setup, it’s not a secret.
 

Hardware

 

  • Self-Built PC with Windows 7 (32 GB RAM, i7 Processor)
  • Korg TR Keyboard Workstation (Link)
  • MOTU Ultralite MK3 Audio Interface (Link)
  • Behringer Truth B2030A Studio Monitors (Link)
  • AKG K240 Headphones (Link)
  • Rode NT1-A Microphone (Link)

 

Software, VSTs and Plugins

 

  • FL Studio 12 (Link)
  • Native Instruments Komplete 8 (Link)
  • Native Instruments The Giant (Link)
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere (Link)
  • Izotope Ozone 5 (Link)
  • Waves Silver Bundle (Link)
  • +100 GB of Sounds, Samples and Loops

 

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Equipment Is Not What Matters The Most

A misconception I often come across, especially among people who are starting out making music, is that you NEED to invest thousands and thousands of dollars into your music equipment to be able to make high quality music. I personally don’t think that’s exactly correct.
 
It all comes down to how good you are with the basics. If you can’t make great music with the most basic equipment, such as your preferred music program (DAW), headphones and high quality sounds, don’t expect to make great music in a studio that has equipment worth $50,000. The music still comes from the same place, your creative mind. In fact, even though I have spent some money in my equipment, I could easily manage with just FL Studio, headphones and good amount of sounds that I can use. Those are the backbone of everything I do.
 
First, focus on the basics. Learn how to use your current equipment most efficiently. Educate yourself about all things related to audio such as recording. Develop a workflow that works for you. Don’t rush into buying expensive equipment hoping that the equipment will do the work for you. If you’re uneducated about the basics of creating music, buying expensive equipment won’t magically make you better.
 

Invest Wisely

I’m a minimalist when it comes music equipment I use. If I don’t need something, I don’t buy it.
 
For example: Let’s say you make music on a computer using a music program like FL Studio. You get all the sounds you use from digital sound libraries and VST instruments. Do you then need to buy that hardware keyboard synthesizer that costs $2,000? No. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a very cool piece of equipment. But if you’re looking to invest money wisely, there may be investing options that may bring you more value.
 
Of course, music is also a hobby and a fun activity. Spending money in the things you love is essential. Some people love hardware and they want to invest their money in those. But, when investing money on a budget, always question your purchase. What do you expect to happen when you invest the money?
 
 

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