Music Equipment & Musical Instruments

This article covers the basic music equipment we think you need to get started with making music.

Your music equipment will be the foundation of your music-making process.

In the beginning, we all want to be like the big music producers we see online with a room full of music equipment, but you don’t need all that when you are getting started, and here is why:

  1. Budget – Music equipment is expensive. Many new music producers are on a budget, so limit your spending to the basic equipment at first, and then buy more advanced gear later when you know you need it.
  2. Time & Learning – The more equipment you buy, the more equipment you have to learn, and less time is spent on perfecting your craft. You want to spend more time on actually creating music and less time on acquiring new gear.
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Music Equipment & Musical Instruments

Music Equipment Overview

Remember this:

It’s not about the music equipment or software you are using, but about the person using the equipment. Your ear for music, skill, and talent matters more than the equipment you are using.

Dr. Dre’s music equipment didn’t make him the big music producer he is today. His ear and talent for music did. So don’t think you need a big studio to make good music.

Basic Music Equipment

Here are the very basics of what you need to make music.

1. Computer

A computer is a must to run music software.

Music Computer - Music Equipment

2. MIDI Keyboard

Making beats is much easier and more creative when you have a keyboard. MIDI Keyboards

Midi Keyboard - Music Equipment

3. Studio Monitors

Studio monitors are great for listening to your beats.

studio monitors

4. Music Software

Music software is essential for making beats and mixing down audio.

Music production Equipment and software

5. Headphones

Headphones will let you hear all the subtle elements when making music.

Music Headphones

6. External Hard Drive

Hard Drives are important for backing up your work, and they provide additional storage space.

external hard drive

Common Questions:

I don’t have money for music equipment, what can I do?

If you have a computer you can use any of these free music production software programs to your computer and make music for free.

We highly recommend you get a MIDI keyboard, which you can get for as low as $50.

Leave a comment if you have suggestions on picking music equipment for new music producers.

This article is a part of the How to Make Beats series.

What are your favorite pieces of musical equipment?

Describe your music setup in the comments.

Related: Music Studio Desks | 15 Home Recording Studio Equipment Essentials

Mark V.

Written By Mark V.

Mark Valenzuela is a professional blogger, entrepreneur, and educator with more than 15 years of experience in music production. In 2008, Mark founded Hip Hop Makers, a top resource for aspiring music producers and beatmakers. He specializes in content on music production, software, gear, and free music resources. Committed to empowering creators of all levels, Mark continues to inspire and help music creators pursue their dreams.

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