Producing music no longer requires hiring a studio or a record producer to compose an original track.
Nowadays producing quality tracks can be easy and you can record in the privacy of your own home, and still create professional sounding music.
In this article we lay out what kind of equipment both beginners and professional music producers would use to start producing music, whether at home or in a professional studio. You’ll also get a list of recommended equipment.
Are you interested in becoming a music producer at home?
For beginners, start by researching other notable producers and learn the history of the different styles, techniques and genres of music you can produce.
Below are the essentials you need to start producing music in the comfort of your own home.
For starters, a laptop or desktop computer capable of running modern software will be needed.
Typically, music production is best done on an Apple iMac or MacBook Pro.
You will also need a DAW, or Digital Audio Workstation, which is a software editing, recording, and creating audio tracks.
Next, you would need a suitable MIDI,or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, keyboard to control and compose your music tracks.
Audio Interfaces with an A/D converter gets your audio signal into your computer. This tool is hardware that is used for connecting your audio gear.
Another key ingredient to start your music producing would be a microphone. Again, for entry level purposes you don't need to spend a lot of money on this tool.
Other investments you need to consider would include quality headphones, a few microphone (XLR) cables, a pop filter and a microphone stand.
More EDM producers gravitate towards Ableton, while most producers use FL Studio or GarageBand.
Your style plays a part in your equipment choice, but the basics are almost universal.
For a project or home studio, we would recommend a basic large diaphragm condenser microphone.
Manufacturers and current sales vary month to month.
Online websites such as Amazon, Sweetwater, Full Compass, and Musician's Friend have good deals on beginner kits.
Professional producers may have a heavy stack of equipment.
Some other available DAW softwares that would be considered industry standard, would include, but not limited to:
Most producers’ setups will be different and based on personal preference, but the standard equipment to produce quality music and sound remains the same.
For starting out, it’s best to keep your budget small and practice getting the hang of the tools and software. As you get better, you’ll find that practice can have rewarding benefits like making great-sounding tracks.
Visible Music College’s music production program is designed to introduce you to the tools and techniques used to produce music in the modern recording studio while nurturing your passion to serve the church or industry with Christian character.
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