Computers & Laptops for PRODUCERS
For demanding music productions with technically complex plugins and many tracks, we recommend a system with the following technical data:
● Intel i7/ i9 or current AMD processor
Choose a processor that has as many GHz per core.
● 16 or 32 GB RAM memory (or more)
● 1 TB hard disk space (or more)
Since samples and plugins can quickly take up a lot of storage space, it is worth investing in a large one Hard drive or an external HDD, like the LaCie Rugged,. With more hard drive space, you're well prepared for the new software and future projects!
Audio interfaces for PRODUCERS
Beginners and bedroom producers who produce beats, record their own songs or instruments usually need a simple audio interface with a few inputs and outputs, which is completely sufficient for such applications.
However, as soon as you have several singers like For example, if you are recording a choir, bands or drums, you cannot avoid an audio interface with multiple channels. Around 13 microphones are needed just for the professional recording of a drum set!
An expensive interface usually contains high-quality components and special A/D converters, which convert recordings from an analogue to a digital signal particularly reliably. In addition, it is often possible to use multiple outputs to use different monitors.
Here you will find the best audio interfaces for advanced musicians and producers:
Studio loudspeakers (monitor monitors)
An acoustically properly optimized room and the right monitoring monitors are very important for a good mixing session!
Pay attention to your room characteristics, such as so-called room modes, because these are positions in your room at which certain frequencies come to a standstill, so that they can negatively influence auditory perception. Use a few acoustic elements, curtains or carpets if you want to optimize your room acoustically and minimize reflections.
Very expensive studio loudspeakers do not necessarily have a wider frequency range (this usually ranges from 20 Hz - 20 kHz), but they have it often higher quality individual parts installed! More expensive near-field monitors are usually made of solid aluminum castings or they contain special woofers and tweeters.
Note this tip for new speakers
If you buy new monitoring monitors, you should definitely let them play music or radio for a few hours at room volume (not too loud!). After unpacking, you can, for example, switch on any live stream on YouTube and leave the house for a few hours. The so-called break-in time is not often specified by the manufacturer, but the sound of your studio monitors improves enormously after a few hours or days.
Why is that?
A speaker fresh from the factory behaves in a similar way to a newly bought shoe, which you first have to break in for a few days before the stiff rubber loosens a bit and gives in. So if you turn the volume up all the way right after unpacking, the processed material on or in the speaker may tear and become damaged. During the break-in period, the rubber surrounds become smoother and the electrical components reproduce a better sound.
MIDI and DAW controllers for PRODUCERS
You probably already have a MIDI keyboard and have noticed that haptic control over MIDI signals has many advantages.
To get even better control over your DAW and your synthesizer, there are a number of devices that come with it which you can also control other parts of the production! for example the AKAI Midi Mix with which you can control individual knobs and channel levels.
If you use Ableton as your DAW, then the Ableton Push controller is definitely worth a look! Real beatmakers, hip hoppers and finger drummers also use special drum machines (also called drum machines or pad controllers) from AKAI, Roland or Native Instruments. Here you will find the best MIDI controllers for advanced music producers and home recording studios: