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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Recommended MIDI Keyboard
A Midi Keyboard is The Main Hub of Your Studio
It’s where all the activity lies when composing your beat.
You can play, stop, and record your music all from the MIDI Keyboard itself.
Now, a MIDI Keyboard is probably the most confusing piece of audio gear when starting out.
I remember thinking to myself, “Why did I just buy a $300 keyboard with no sounds in it?”
And that’s because a MIDI Keyboard is designed to work with your DAW, and control the sounds within the DAW itself.
Now as I described in the video, there is a threshold level where your dollars no longer go towards quality, but many times unnecessary features. (Many times which don’t even integrate with your DAW; they only work with some DAWs, etc.)
So to keep this short and sweet, over my years here’s what I’ve discovered is necessary in a MIDI Keyboard.
- Quality Keys
- At Least 49 Keys (Allows for More Flexibility.)
- Transport Buttons (Play, Stop, Record, Etc.)
- Pitch Bend + Mod Wheels for Creative Playing/Fooling Around
Anything in addition to this you are going to start paying for unnecessary features.
However, sometimes you’ll have to pay a little bit more to get a certain feature, such as quality keys.
Another example is the drum pads. I thought this would be a cool approach to making beats when I got my MIDI Keyboard, but I actually never use them.
The reason being the drum pads on these MIDI Keyboards are actually assigned to a note value. You then have to make sure this note value is assigned properly in your DAW to play your sample/slice. (Too much tinkering when you’re flowing with beat creation.)
I like just a MIDI Keyboard because instead of being restricted to however many pads your MIDI Keyboard drum pads limit you to, a 49-Key MIDI Keyboard would allow you to have 49 slices, opening a much wider opportunity for creativity.
I’d personally suggest to you purchase a MIDI Keyboard to be used as a MIDI Keyboard.
Again, when purchasing your gear, are you wanting to create sampled beats, or compose original compositions?
Sampling is more leaned towards these drum pads because of the integrated software that comes with them. The software also allows for easy slicing/chopping and quick loading of drum banks.
Keep it simple and don’t be swayed by the marketing! Trust me!