Your equipment is vital as an electronic music producer. Let’s go over some of the necessary gear to get started.
I use the FL Studio Signature Bundle which provides all the essentials for my productions, but you can follow along with pretty much any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
You will likely use some form of software synthesizer (softsynth). I prefer using Sytrus by Image-Line and Massive by NI Instruments. From time to time, I will experiment with other softsynths, but I recommend sticking to just a handful. This allows you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and slowly build mastery.
We’ll cover effects in more detail later on, but you should have all the standards. These include EQ, compressors, filters, chorus, delay, reverbs, distortion, etc. Your DAW should include all these as a standard these days. You will want to get comfortable using this core group of effects, but experimenting with new ones from time to time is healthy for expanding your toolkit.
Speakers or Headphones
This can be debated for ages, but I use headphones while making new music for two reasons.
First, I can tune out the world around me and get the best quality of sound possible for an affordable price. Yes, headphones are usually cheaper, but make sure you get a quality pair built for music production. You need to hear the highs and feel the lows.
Secondly, I don’t want to get a shoe thrown at me by my wife. Making music is very repetitive and will be extremely annoying to anyone you live with and any unfortunate neighbors that may hear your drop 100 times in a row. Be considerate of those around you and keep the music making to yourself. Once you finish that masterpiece, they will be more receptive to listening to it too.