Basic Equipment List

Basic Equipment List - Basic Equipment List

When you’re a beginner at making and recording music, you may be wondering what are the essential equipment you need to really kick-start your career in music. On this page, we’ll tell you all about the must-have items you need to get.

Computer

When you’re still starting, you’ll most likely only have your bedroom as your impromptu recording station. There’s nothing wrong with that as everybody starts somewhere. One of the most important equipment you’ll need is obviously, a computer.

As of now, you can probably still use your old laptop. But as digital audio workstations (DAW) can be very hard on your processor, you may need to upgrade. You don’t have to buy the most expensive one you see.

With budget constraints, research before you buy. For example, which OS does your DAW use? We’ll cover more on this topic next time.

Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)

A digital audio workstation is the primary application software used to record, edit, and produce audio files using your computer. Depending on your budget, there are multiple DAWs available on the market today.

Audio Interface

An audio interface’s primary purpose is to provide all connections to send your music into the computer when recording, and out during playback. It may include other features and upgrades, especially as some come very expensive.

Microphones

Unfortunately, there are different types of microphones specifically for different sounds. Find out what kind of music or genre you’ll be mostly making, and research about the best microphone best fit for your style.

Headphones

This is one item we obviously all know about. You may use your current headphones to record music as of now. Unfortunately, you won’t get the best quality of music through those headphones as there may be some sounds you’ll completely miss. Upgrade when you can.

Cables

This may not be something you think you’ll need. But in actuality, you need at least 3 cables when making music. One XLR cable that connects your microphone to an audio interface, and then another two that connects your interface to your monitors.