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Old 11-03-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

I just posted this as a replay but thought a should start a new thread because there seems to be alot of ppl asking things like "what hardware should I buy", and "I have $xxx, wats a good hardware synth?"

I just wanted to make a point that spending lots of cash wont make you music better. You just need a few basic things and a lot of time and practice.

Things you need to write cool music:

Computer- cheep as, especially if you build your own (easy as!) It doesnt have to be the killer, if you buy it new it will still dick on the machines we were using 5 years ago.

DAW- Cubase, Ableton, Logic, FL, Cakewalk and Pro Tools are some good ones. Have a look at a few, then pick one and stick to it. You are going to want to get to know you DAW inside out to write good music.

Audio card
- again even most the cheep ones should get you through these days.

MIDI keyboard- yet again so many cheep options these days its not funny. (such a good time to get into writing electronic music.)

Monitors
- This is where you should spend your money. KRKs, Yamaha hs50/80 and makie are some good ones.

One or Two really good subtractive synths
- Something like Massive or z3ta. (Dont go and download a bunch of different synths. Just get 1 or two good synths and learn how to use them well.)

Some VST fx- EQ, Compresser, reverb, flanger ect. You can alot of good ones online for free if you look.

Thats it!

If you have these and arnt writing decent music then just sit down and practice more, look for TUTs, and ask alot of questions about production on forums like this.

After you start to get your head around it then look at trying to buy some hardware (and you will be willing to spend up because you will know that music a hobby you really want to put time and money into).

Please add to this list if you think I missed something. Or make suggestions as to what brands/models you like.

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Old 11-03-2011, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

Oh, and a good sampler will be important too. Battery and Kontakt are some awesome NI ones.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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Re: What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

Nice post man!

I was wondering actually which monitors should i use and now im looking for those brands you mentioned!

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:23 PM   #4
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Re: What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

Moog and Dave Smith Instruments I've heard are very nice. I personally have the Mackie HR824's and LOVE them.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:01 AM   #5
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Re: What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

You didn't actually answer your own question. What if people don't want to use software? Not everybody asking about hardware is someone thinking that if they get hardware their music will get better.

Sorry bro, thread title isn't correct...

And kudos for trying to answer a commonly posted question around here (ie. "What do I need to produce?") but it's become apparent in my time here that threads like this wont be read by the people that need them.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:46 PM   #6
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Re: What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

Heh, I think I'm writing decent music, and I don't even have quality monitors (I'm using headphones, mostly due to the fact that I could not afford voice insulation for my room, and I live in a block of flats, where breathing can be heard three stores down...), nor do I have a MIDI keyboard.

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Re: What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

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I just wanted to make a point that spending lots of cash wont make you music better.
Not spending lots of cash but buying what gear is right FOR YOU, definitely will. The first and most important thing when developing your studio is discovering your favoured workflow. It took me years of fucking about buying and selling using different software and hardware to discover this.

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Re: What hardware should I buy? Look here before you ask.

How about posting gear and software people can actually afford?

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