My gear! Hardware, software and studio equipment
A lot of people have asked me to do a studio tour, which will come eventually, but as a starter I will make this post, so that you can see what I have collected over the years.
Music production can be really expensive, but it doesn't have to be. I have collected a few expensive pieces over the years, but most of my studio is actually quite economically friendly.
Let us begin!
I will begin with my PC. It's a factory built PC from a Norwegian retailer, but here are the specs.
System Manufacturer: ASUS
System Model: All Series
BIOS: 2403 (type: UEFI)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
My graphics card is a Nvidia GeForce 960GTX.
It's actually built for gaming, but it gets the job done in the studio as well.
For making music you should invest in an external soundcard. I have a really expensive one that I used for a while (Steinberg UR824), until I figured out that I didn't need a big and fancy one as I'm a on man band, so I went back to my first one.
Scarlett 2i2. 2 inputs (1/4 jack/XLR) for instruments.
2 outputs (1/4 jack) for monitors/speakers.
It's not a beast, but for one-man-band recording it's absolutely decent!
Now - monitors! I have two pairs. The Mackie CR4 (cheap) and the Yamaha HS5 (a bit more expensive). They are both decent. The Mackies really capture the lower bass frequencies, and the Yamahas capture more of the treble on the top. In a way they balance each other out, but I mostly use the Mackies, honestly. I like the sound they're producing and the match my mixes more from a personal perspective.
To connect them I pull two 1/4 jacks (left and right) out from the soundcard into this funny thing. A Mackie Big Knob passive monitor controller. Also a cheap product.
Then I take four 1/4 jacks from this one into each of the four monitors. This allows me to easily switch between the pairs of monitors and I can do it all manually with my hand, which I really like. Gives this whole manual feel. You can also use two different sources, but personally I just use one.
My MIDI controller is a Novation Launckey MK2. I use it mainly because it's light and small. I want to invest in the Roland A-88, but it's quite out of budget at this point. It acts more as a piano while the Novation is just a simple controller. It gets the job done, though!
Let's move onto software
Most people know from YouTube that I use Cubase. Currently I'm using Cubase 9 PRO. I invested in the top tier version because I know that I will stick with Cubase, and it's definitely worth it.
Software is just personal preference I think, and whatever software works fine in my opinion. It's just that I'm used to Cubase now, and by used to I mean knowing hotkeys and keybinds. This helps the creative process a long, and allows you to do the technical parts fast.
Learning a new software seems like too much work at this point.
For instruments I'm in love with EastWest. I purchased the harddrive with all their instruments a while back, and I'm slowly buying the licensed to use the different ones. It's a lot.
I started with Symphonic Orchestra, then purchased RA, Stormdrum 3 and Hollywood Orchestra. I really enjoy them, but I know that a lot of people use Native Instruments with KONTAKT instead (or both). KONTAKT is currently out of my price range, but I've heard some pieces by it, and it's absolutely amazing.
Where to buy all of this (EUROPE EDITION)
I have no idea where the cheapest places to buy gear in the US is, but for Europe I always use gear4music for hardware and Thomann for software. They have some fantastic prices compared to other businesses. Shipping isn't that bad either. Haven't had to complain once!
All my EastWest stuff is bought from SoundsOnline Europe. Google will be your best friend here.
So that's it basically. I hope you found this "guide" helpful and awakening!
I'm a good example that you don't need the most expensive gear to produce music. I have saved up gear over a long time, and I rarely purchase anything new now.
If there's anything in this post that you feel is missing, comment down below, and I shall respondeth to thou!
OH! And here's a quick look at the thing