These Are The tools that i use to Make And Produce my Music
These are the tools and services that I use to make and produce my music.
Let's start with all the physical equipment...
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
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.
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 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.
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 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 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...
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.
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 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
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
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
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
You know what auto-tune is...
I LOVE this because it makes it seem like I can sing (I can't)
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
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.
Izotope Nectar 3
Nectar 3 comes with every effect you need to mix your vocals at home...
Nectar 3 gives you a complete vocal chain so you can mix your vocal entirely with ONE plugin...
And that's not all:
With Nectar 3's "Vocal Assistant", you can use Nectar's AI to automatically mix your vocals and make them fit in your beat.
I use a few of the modules from Nectar 3 to fill different parts of my vocal chain...
I highly recommend this plugin for anyone who wants to make mixing their vocals EASY and save buckets of time.
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...
This plug-in is perfect for adding more warmth to your melodies and making your instruments sound like samples...
I use this plug-in to enhance my melodies, pads and melodic elements.
This plug-in helps you organise your drum samples by sound and grab them straight from their interface. You can also sequence your beat and select from a bunch of beat sequence presets...
I use this plug-in to find my drum samples quickly without scraping through a bunch of folders.
I drag the samples into FL's drum sequencer and get cracking.
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