Starter Kit: Home Music Studio

Starter Kit: Home Music Studio

All the basics for building a professional recording and production studio right in your own home.

Apple iMac: 21.5 inch

The screen is beautiful and the capability of this machine is awesome. I use one for my personal music production and I can’t imagine using anything else. You can multitask on iMacs so well because of their speed, so you won’t be afraid to have other applications open, in addition to your music production software. I like using an iMac instead of a MacBook Pro because I work much faster when I have a keyboard and mouse, especially when it involves tasks like editing audio tracks. A bigger screen to stare at for hours doesn’t hurt either.

If you get a new one, make sure it has these features:
- 2.9GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
- 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X8GB
- 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 1GB GDDR5
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Apple Wireless Keyboard

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is like having an an entire professional recording studio at your finger tips. Your music production capabilities are endless, from creating your own compositions to making beats and remixes. Get yourself a book to help you with the basics though. Logic is very complex and it’s easy to get frustrated knowing this application is capable of doing something but you just can’t figure out how to do it. I recommend Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X: Professional Music Production.

M-Audio ProFire 610 Interface

If you’re looking to add any live instrument tracks to your recordings, like an electric guitar, or vocals from a microphone, then this is what you want. The ProFire 610 is an analog-to-digital audio converter that takes analog input signals and transforms them into hi-definition digital audio signals before sending them to the computer (via FireWire cable connection). The interface also has two headphone jacks so you can plug professional studio headphones into the ProFire 610.

- 6 x 10 simultaneous analog/digital I/O
- 2 preamps with award-winning Octane™ technology
- Flexible onboard DSP mixer
- Up to 24-bit/192kHz
- User-assignable master volume knob
- Functions as 2-channel mic pre/2-channel A/D-D/A converter

Alesis M1 Active 620 Powered Studio Monitor Pair

These powered monitors are the perfect pair of speakers for your home studio. They’re on the larger side, so you might not want them on your desk. I set mine up on a pair of speaker stands, one on each side of the desk. These monitors are loud, clear, and easy to hook up with quarter-inch jacks.

- 2-way, 100W active near-field reference monitors
- 6" low frequency driver
- 1" silk dome tweeter
- Low Frequency Density switch
- Rear port design
- Hi, Mid, and Low Frequency EQ switches
- XLR, 1/4" TRS connector

Akai Professional MPK25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads

This is a great MIDI keyboard to use for any of your Logic instrument tracks. It’s plug-and-play setup doesn’t include software and Logic automatically recognizes it, which makes getting started a breeze. Plus, it’s only got 25 keys so it doesn’t take up too much desk space. I use the MPK25 for all of my bassline/melody/synthesizer instruments in Logic.

- 25-key semi-weighted keyboard
- MPC-pad section of 12 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
- MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 48 samples
- MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator
- MIDI output over USB

Akai XR20 Beat Production Station Drum Machine

This is how I make beats. Once you learn how to use a couple key features like switching back and forth between verse and chorus beat patterns, and creating your own custom sound kits, you won’t want to use anything else. You can also add it to Logic by creating an audio track with an external instrument.

- Over 700 sounds
- 99 Preset patterns and 99 User patterns
- Backlit LCD
- Bright, glowing, backlit pads that follow the beat
- Microphone input and Headphone output
- Pattern Play Mode - Different patterns can be triggered from individual pads
- Drum Roll / Note Repeat feature for realism and expression


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