There is usually a lot involved in music production, other than skills and talent. Having the right music production equipment is key to everything. If you are new to music production, getting all the right pieces of equipment can be challenging and overwhelming. It can also get quite costly when working with garbage empty lyrics. That means you need to work with a reasonable budget, especially if you are going for quality equipment. Some of the essential music production equipment are highlighted below.
A computer is probably the single most essential piece of equipment for music production in the digital setup. For that reason, it should go without saying that choosing a high-performance computer will work in your best interest. Some of the main specifications you need to consider when selecting the computer are RAM, graphics card, processing power, and storage capacity.
Digital Audio Workstation
A digital audio workstation (DAW) is software used for recording audio and manipulating the audio. You can download and install a variety of free options if you are working with a low budget. However, the free options usually have limited tools, which might be suitable only for beginners. For something that will give you a lot more than just the basics, you should consider purchasing the software. Remember to use the free trial periods offered for most DAWs to help you determine the most suitable one for you.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface Controller
A musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) refers to the universal technical standard for communications between digital audio workstations and physical hardware. Among the most common MIDI controllers used by professionals are the keyboard controllers, which usually look almost similar to the traditional piano keyboards. For beginner producers or those who cannot play the keyboard, a grid controller would be a good choice. Grid controllers are less expensive and more intuitive when it comes to arranging beats.
Studio headphones are a lot similar to normal headphones but have various extra features designed for professional work. For example, the neutral sonic balancing is quite different from consumer or gaming headphones. Ideally, studio headphones are designed to output the least colored sounds, which allow producers to mix tracks more effectively.
An audio interface is ideally a bridge connecting the traditional analog sounds and digital audio. It is essential during live instrumentation for translating the nuance of the acoustics into digital audio files. The choice of an audio interface should be dependent on your needs.