Music Equipment & Musical Instruments

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

Music Equipment Overview

Popular Music Equipment

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 the 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.

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 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, to 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 How to Make Beats series.

What is your favorite pieces of music equipment?

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Related: 15 Best Music Studio Desks For Musicians

Mark V.

Written By Mark V.
Hip Hop Makers is a music production website launched in 2008 to teach music lovers how to make music, sell beats, and make money from music.

Comments

  1. FL10
    Cubase 5
    M-Audio BX8 D2
    M-Audio Oxygen 61
    RODE NT-1A
    Lexicon Omega
    MPD18

  2. Macbook pro 5,5
    Presonus firestudio Mobile
    Korg microstation
    Ipad

    Logic pro 9.1.8

  3. Macbook Pro
    M Audio Oxygen 49
    Novation Launchpad Mini
    Logic pro
    Abletion Lite
    Pro Tools 10
    Roland Cakewalk AI
    M Audio Nova Mic
    Yamaha HS8
    Ibanez GSR200 L
    Stranger 100 W amp
    iMac core duo 2007 model
    Sennheiser HD215
    Behringer Overdrive
    Sans amp
    Boss Analog comp/limiter
    Boss chromatic tuner stomp box

  4. i’m a beginner and i need how to make a beat

  5. im new to the music
    and i want to download a free program

  6. hello pls I want to buy a used sound monitor can any one help me with that

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