Where to Start?See all that mess? Yeah chances are if you’re just starting to get interested in music, you won’t need any of this junk. Most producers today went into the scene with nearly all the same expectations; buy a bunch of gear, and make golden hits. Well we all learned the hard way that gear doesn’t make the music. The producer does.
Things you're dec gonna need:
1. Computer with great RAM, 500GB Storage space at least
2. Good monitoring headphones or speakers
It would be posh of me to say that you should spend thousands of dollars on Digital Audio Workstations, only for you to never even read the manual and learn how to properly edit an audio file. So here’s a comprehensive list on what you need to dip your feet into music production:
To be honest, I could care less which DAW you choose, they ALL do the same thing trust me, illegally download one, learn it back and forth, make love to it, have its child. That is all.
Buy or Download?
I don’t want to always advocate illegally downloading (oops may have earlier) because if you’re making money off the product you’re not paying for you deserve to have your laptop dropped in water, but restored after a costly trip to the geek squad of course. But, for our less experienced producers, paying and arm and a leg for production software isn’t usually viable, so go ahead and torrent, just be sure to pay it forward when you can.
This is your instrument
No seriously, this is one item I would say shell out the big bucks for, you want to make sure your RAM is top notch, at least 8GB, but more is ALWAYS better, especially for producers who have yet to freeze to audio and like to have 17 instances of serum running(haha!), you’re going to also want tons of hard drive space, the more the better. Also, thinking about retail space on your monitor is a thing, you can only have so many windows open at a time, so possibly think about investing into dual monitors later in the line of your musical journey
Very important aspect, trust me
You are not going to want to spend three hours of listening to the same vocal melody on loop trying to EQ some frequencies over crappy headphones/speakers, it just isn’t worth it. Ear fatigue is not fun, so the best way to make sure this doesn’t happen is through use of proper monitoring speakers, I won’t battle the audiophiles on which speakers are the best, that would be for another article, the only thing I’ll mention is to make sure they are suited for you, and that the frequency response is as flat as possible so you hear what your music “truly” sounds like without any coloration of the sound output.
That’s it for now! I’ll be back with more producer tips!
about the Author
"Brashad Lewis, better known as Metaphysic基本原理 is a Palmdale, California native but has been a local of Dallas, Texas since he was around 10 years old. Being a music producer since high school, Brashad is already making a splash with some of his tracks being featured on Emazinglights glove shows, to working alongside DJs how have inspired his sound set such as Bleep Bloop, Kastle, Barely Alive, Dodge&Fuski and many more. Metaphysic基本原理 takes a different approach to music with a more introspective, meditative stance. He wants the listener to find themselves while listening to his music. Understanding the infinity within us all and expanding consciousness through sound is the main goal of this neo-aged