These Are The tools that i use to Make And Produce my ​Music


STUDIO EQUIPMENT

These are the tools and services that I use to make and produce my music.


Let's start with all the physical equipment...

rode nt1a condenser microphone
Microphone

Rode NT1A

If you're serious about your audio quality you should grab this mic.


I've recorded a bunch of songs, videos and podcasts with this mic and it's absolutely amazing.


This mic has served me well for YEARS at this point...I can HIGHLY recommend it.



Presonus AudioBox USB audio interface
Audio Interface

Presonus AudioBox USB 

This audio interface works perfectly with the Rode NT1A mic...


It's affordable and it's still working for me after more than 5 years.

budget mic stand
Microphone Stand

Tiger boom Mic stand

This is a cheap ass mic stand that gets the job done.


I've copped a few of these...so don't be surprised if your mic stand breaks after a couple years...


But, for this price...there's no better option!

RODE MIC DESK MOUNT
Microphone Stand

Rode desk mic stand

This mic stand can be mounted on your desk.


This is what I use to record audio for videos, podcasts and songs...


You can use this stand to record your own songs while sitting down etc.


But, if you are planning on charging others to use your studio etc. - you will need to grab the standing mic stand I listed above.

BEHRINGER HPS3000 HEADPHONES
Headphones

Behringer HPS3000

I bought these headphones on a yearly basis before I got my new wireless headphones.


These headphones did their job...but they stopped working after a year.


Since these headphones are SO CHEAP, buying them every year isn't a bad deal.

Sennheiser HD WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Headphones

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT, Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

I use these headphones everyday...


They sound great, they're wireless and they're easy to use.


Of course, these are wayyy more expensive than the wired headphones above...


But, my hope is that these will last MUCH longer...


Since I haven't had these headphones for over a year...I can't really speak to that.


These are great affordable wireless headphones if you're tryna get rid of wires and that.

Audio-Technica studio headphones
Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - Black

These are the headphones I use for mixing, recording, engineering and all of the above.


Since my PC doesn't have bluetooth - this is are the BEST headphones for me to work with...


The headphones came with a variety of wires, so I could pick the best one for my situation.


The sound quality is great and I have no complaints yet...

BUDGET DIGITAL MONITOR SPEAKERS
Speakers

Behringer Monitor Speakers

These are the first monitor speakers I've ever bought...


They were extremely affordable, and they've lasted YEARS so I can confidently recommend them.


I think the audio is pretty great but, I haven't really compared these speakers to any other monitor speakers...so take that how you will.


These are great monitor speakers to start out with...but if you're an audiophile and you got cash to spend...you may want to do some deeper research.

BIG USB MIDI KEYBOARD
Midi Keyboard

Behringer U-Control UMX610 61-Key USB/MIDI Controller Keyboard

This is the big ass keyboard I mainly use.


You'll love this if you have ANY music theory knowledge and you want to be able to play melodies and chords.


I got this keyboard because it was affordable and gave me space to experiment on the 61 keys.

M AUDIO SMALL MIDI KEYBOARD - PORTABLE
Midi Keyboard

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 II, Compact Portable 32-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

This is a great keyboard to use for some late night producing in bed.


It's also great for travelling... because it's small and compact...


HOW TO MAKE A SONG AT HOME GUIDE
The Book I Wrote

How To Make A Song At Home

Did you know I was an author?


Well I'm a TWO TIME AUTHOR!


This was my first book and it walks you through the exact steps I used to produce and make songs at home in Logic Pro X.


I'm actually going to quickly read through this again as it has a lot of my secret sauce and mixing settings.


I assume that this book is a lil outdated by now...


But, the main concepts and methods should work FOREVER.

MUSIC PRODUCTION SOFTWARE & VSTS

You'll find all the software and VSTs I use to produce my music below...

FL STUDIO 20 DOWNLOAD
DAW

FL Studio 20

I'm currently using FL studio for all my music production and recording needs...


It's working out AMAZINGLY...


I suggest getting the signature edition of FL studio because it comes with Newtone and a variety of useful plug-ins.


logic pro x download
DAW

Logic Pro X

I used to use Logic Pro X to produce and make all my music...


Then my macbook stopped working, so we changed sides b!


However, Logic Pro X is a GREAT DAW and I can highly recommend it.

spectrasonics omnisphere 2
Synth VST

Omnisphere

Omnisphere has a HUGE collection of sounds and synths for you to use in your music...


I'm enjoying exploring all the presets available in here and I don't think I'll run out of them any time soon!


However, this is PRICEY!

spectrasonics keyscape
Synth VST

Keyscape

Keyscape gives you access to a large number of pianos and keyboard presets...


I honestly haven't used it that much yet so I don't have much to say about it...

output exhale
Synth VST

Exhale

Exhale give you access to a variety of vocals that help add atmosphere to your track...


There are also a bunch of loops and splices that you can use to create the core of a beat too.

Synth VST

Kontakt 6 Player

I use Kontakt player because it's NEEDED to use the Exhale VST listed above.


That's pretty much all I gotta say about that.

auto tune pro
Insert VST

Auto-Tune Pro

You know what auto-tune is...


I LOVE this because it makes it seem like I can sing (I can't) 

izotope neutron 3
Insert VST

Izotope Neutron 3

Neutron 3 makes mixing your songs faster and easier...


The mix assistant A.I can automatically set the initial levels for your song.


Then you can use the visual mixer to fully mix your song and SEE where everything sits in the mix.


You can add a few finishing touches like EQ etc.


I LOVE this.

izotope ozone 8 mastering vst
Insert VST

Izotope Ozone 8

Ozone 8 is a plug-in that will help you master your songs WAY faster.


Even with JUST using the presets that come with the plug-in, you can easily get a GREAT sounding, loud song in minutes.

half speed rhythym plugin
Effect VST

Halftime

This plug-in is GREAT for getting more bang for your buck out of your melodies...


I use this plug-in to enhance my beats and find interesting variations on my melodic sections...

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