A lot of people have been asking me which audio equipment I am using, how much they cost, and when or where I have bought them. So if you are one of these people, I made this blog post especially for you, so it can help you in building your own setup.

I have built my home music studio setup over the years and based my purchases on personal experiences, preferences, and research. I do not claim these products are the best, but can only share my personal opinion about them. What I can tell you, is that I highly value a good price-quality ratio. Keep in mind that I do not have the biggest budget, but I do have relatively high standards in terms of quality. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

Computer / Laptop

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
Processor 2,6 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

I chose to go for a strong laptop instead of a desktop computer, because I like to be able to work in different places and bring my projects with me wherever I go. This MacBook has been working out great for me. I am using the same MacBook for almost 5 years now, and it still works flawless. I got the standard edition, because I didn’t want to spend too much money at the time. However, if you’re planning on using several editing programs, I would recommend you to consider buying one with more storage capacity. Because of this, I had to cut down on the amount of editing programs I work with to only Adobe Photoshop and FL Studio 20. To extend my working space, I have bought two solutions which I will discuss next.

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Memory Expansion Card

Transcend 128GB JetDrive Lite 330

My first solution has been this storage expansion card. I really like the fact it blends in perfectly with my MacBook. It gave me some more “air to breath” as a place to save my files. These days, they are also selling a 256 GB version and the price is quite reasonable. I would say it’s a good and quick solution if you’re just coming short with your storage capacity, and don’t want to bring an external hard drive with you all the time. It also has a low risk to get damaged, because it fits perfectly inside of your MacBook. The only downside I’d say is that you can’t flexibly use your SD card slot, so if you’re using this port a lot for importing photo or video footage f.e. that might be a bit annoying. For me, the 128 GB extra storage wasn’t enough eventually and I needed a bigger solution.

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Portable SSD

Samsung Portable SSD T5 1TB

This external solid state drive caught my attention because of its compact size and great storage capacity. Although external hard drives with large storage capacity are really affordable these days, I chose to go for a SSD because of its speed and smaller chance to get damaged. After doing some research and checking out some reviews, I went for this one and I am very happy with it thus far. It’s really fast, has a lot of storage capacity and is super easy to bring along.

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Software / DAW

Imageline FL Studio 20 Producer Edition

FL Studio is a digital audio workstation I have been working with for about 10 years. I have experimented with other music production software programs as Reason, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, and more, but I prefer to use FL Studio because of its usability. It’s affordable and offers lifetime free updates.

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Audio Interface

Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface

For me being able to record good quality vocals, I am using this audio interface. It’s very easy to turn the recording function on and off. It works great for sound checking and switching between monitors and headphones, which is very important to me during mixing.

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Speakers / Studio Monitors

KRK Systems Rokit 5 G3

A lot of music producers I looked up to when I just started out making music were using these iconic black-yellow speakers, so I figured they must be great. And they are. I have loved these studio monitors since the moment I got them, and they are still working perfectly. When I haven’t been home for a long time, I just look forward to hearing music through these bad boys as soon as I get home. Besides their performance, the looks are very nice as well. They have some knobs to adjust the volume and bass levels, but I just keep this unchanged to get the most realistic sound as possible. If you want, you can also easily switch between your audio interface and AUX cable (to your smartphone f.e.) by switching the cable input at the backside of the monitors.

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Studio Monitor Stands

Innox IVA MON-08 Desktop Monitor Stands with Clamp (Set of 2)

The main reason why I chose to add studio monitor stands to my home music studio setup, is because I want my 61 keys keyboard on my desk and that leaves no room to properly place my Macbook, keyboard and mouse. By placing my studio speakers on stands, I create more space on my desk. Besides that, it also has benefits for your audio mixing because you can place the speakers higher and your desk won’t resonate with your speakers and cause interaction. According to BehindTheSpeakers, a platform that shares tips and tricks for better mixes, you get the most accurate representation by placing the studio monitors at the same height of your head and have the tweakers on ear level. Another plus is that stands usually cause less interaction with your speakers than desks.

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Screen / Computer Monitor

LG Ultrawide Monitor 34WK500

The 21:9 UltraWide™ Full HD resolution (2560X1080) offers more screen space compared to 16:9 Full HD resolution display. This 34 inches / 87 cm black is a great screen for beatmaking and music production because it has more screen space.

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Monitor Arm

AmazonBasics Computer Monitor Arm

I was looking for a monitor arm for my home studio setup because the original stand of this screen couldn’t be adjusted in height and I wanted some more desk space so this was the best solution. I noticed most of these arms were pretty pricey but I don’t need anything fancy, just wanted it to be sturdy and plain black. So far, I’m pretty satisfied with this monitor arm. It was easy to install. It feels solid and can be adjustable in height. For me, it’s a great solution. Furthermore, what I like is the cable management feature which makes my setup look tidy and clean. What I didn’t really like was the Amazon Basics brand placement on the desk arm mount, which I didn’t notice when looking at the product info page but fortunately, it’s not that notable. Overall, I think it’s a great LG monitor arm.

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Condenser Microphone

MXL 2006 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

I bought this microphone over 10 years ago and it still works great. The only thing I had to replace is the rubber band once because it got weak. The mic comes in a case together with two kinds of pop filters.

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Vocal Booth / Reflection Filter

sE Electronics RF-X Reflexion Filter

I saw a lot of music artists recording songs in their hotel rooms and some music producers, such as Chuki Beats, claimed all you really need is a reflection filter. So instead of building an entire vocal booth, I wanted one of these. I feel like it has improved my vocal quality a lot. It has made the recordings sound a lot more thicker, because it concentrates the vocals. I have also received some questions whether I don’t get bothered by ambient noises. I don’t have any problems with this, but I must say I have built in extra noise isolation inside of the walls when building the room. Therefore, I can’t really compare it fairly against a vocal booth but if you don’t have a lot of trouble with ambient noises I think a reflection filter should do the trick.

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Studio Headphones (Closed)

KRK Systems KNS-8400 Studio Headphones

Since I was very satisfied with the KRK studio monitors, I really wanted a studio headphones from the same brand. These were decently priced, had good specs, and looked cool. I think the details in the sound of this headset are great for mixing. I usually start out mixing on the KRK monitors and then go further with the headphones. The headphones have a lot less bass than the monitors and also than mainstream headsets like Beats by Dre, so it’s a good reference to get a clean sound. I also have these for over 5 years right now and they’re still working great. The only thing which is getting a bit weak right now is the headband cushion, but it’s no problem and it’s reasonable looking at the time I have been using it.

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Studio Headphones (Open)

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm

Open-back headphones, which allow air to pass through their ear cups to the speaker element. This means that pressure can’t build up and affect your sound, and there aren’t little echoes inside your headphones. It helps them sound more natural and clear, and gives a different experience than studio monitors and closed studio headphones. These circumaural headphones are great for professional mixing, mastering, and editing. Besides mixing my music through studio monitors, closed studio headphones, and earphones, I wanted to have another referential point of open studio headphones. After some research, I found out that the reviews of the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro were pretty good and it’s an affordable option in case you don’t have a big budget available. Lots of professional music producers are using these headphones and they’re frequently spotted in music studios all around the world.

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Headphones Stand

Trust GXT 260 Cendor Gaming Headset Stand

Universal headset stand to safely store your headphones. Provides an easy and neat desk storage solution.

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Earphones

Apple EarPods with 3.5 mm jack connector

I like to use as much reference points as possible and since half the world is using Apple earphones, I think it’s a great reference point. To be able to use these with my audio interface, I need to have the original ones with the 3.5 mm mini-jack connection.

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MIDI Keyboard

M-Audio Oxygen 61 MK4

A 61-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard With 8 Trigger Pads. I was looking for a bigger keyboard and thought about buying the M-Audio Keystation 49 or M-Audio Keystation 61, but came across this model which has more features. Because of its fairly small price difference, I went for this model.

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MIDI Keyboard (On The Road)

Akai MPK Mini MK2 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (White Version)

Small, but very functional, USB keyboard. I was looking for a keyboard I could easily bring along, and this one fits great into my Northface backpack and it is very light in weight. What I also really like about this keyboard is that it has a small drumpad. The piano keys are pretty small, so if you’re used to playing on a bigger keyboard or piano this might be something to get used to. The range is also quite small, but you can easily extend the range with one push of a button. It’s very easy to install, just plug and play and it should work. It’s a great keyboard to play simple melodies and drum patterns.

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Sound Isolation / Foam Panels

Acoustic Foam Panel Wedges

There are several ways for acoustic treatment and improve your home music studio setup. I chose to use acoustic foam panels or wedges, because they’re very affordable and are really good at absorbing high and mid-range frequencies, possibly low frequencies, and solving echo problems. Besides that, I also think they look pretty cool. There are lots of different qualities in these wedges, and an important feature to look at is the thickness of the foam panels to soundproof your room. I bought mine from Bigblock Acoustical Foams.

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Gaming Chair

Trust GXT 707R Resto Gaming Chair – Black

All black adjustable gaming chair.

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Any questions?

To me, this is basically all the gear you need to create high quality music. I hope this article has given you a better understanding of which products you need to build your own home studio setup. If you have any questions or remarks, please let me know in the comments and I will answer them as soon as possible.

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