Essential Gear Needed to Make Beats
Essential Core Beatmaking Gear
- What to Know About Your DAW
- All About Sounds and Instruments
- What’s Important in a MIDI Keyboard
- The Juicy Details on Audio Interfaces
- Select the Right Speaker for Your Studio
- The Audio Cables Needed for a Home Studio
- Building a Custom Computer for Music Production [INTRO]
- [1/2] Building a Custom Computer for Music Production
- [2/2] Building a Custom Computer for Music Production
[BONUS] - Studio Tools which Improve Workflow + Provide Comfort
- Multiple Monitors, Exponential Workflow
- Are Headphones Necessary in Your Home Studio
- Very Useful Adapters and Connections to Have
- Basic Overview of Microphones
- Helpful Microphone Stand Tricks
- Organized Desktop Pullout Keyboard Tray
- Subwoofer Connections Overview
- Less Gear, Less Headaches [Course Outro]
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DAW – The Heart of Your Studio. (Digital Audio Workstation)
Your DAW is the heart of your studio.
It’s essentially like having a million dollar studio inside your computer!
When starting out, it’s really hard to figure out what DAW you want to stick with.
But I promise you, the best use of your time is sticking to one DAW.
Most DAWs these days are all very capable of producing commercial-radio-ready music. (It’s just a matter of your own skills, for the most part.)
I personally use FL Studio, and recommend it highly.
Here’s Why I Love FL Studio
First, FL Studio offers lifetime free updates!
No other DAW offers this!
You have to pay for each upgrade, which varies from ~$150 -/+ for each major release!
Next, their support team is absolutely amazing.
They are constantly engaging with their users in their forums answering questions, joking around, and actually listening to user feedback! (Great company!)
You’ll also notice there are different versions/editions/tiers of FL Studio.
The Fruity Edition is too restricted.
The Producer Version allows for full functionality of FL Studio, which is most important, but lacks a few powerful plugins such as NewTone (cool tool for fixing pitch of vocals/sounds), Gross Beat (awesome audio manipulation plugin), and some other tools.
The Signature Version I feel is the right choice. You’re paying a little bit more, but you’re gaining the necessary tools to be creative once you further develop your producing skills.
At the end of the day, you’ll hear a constant debate on What’s the Best DAW. But it’s most important to actually stick to one DAW, learn it, and make the most use of your time.