December 2020

OUR TOP 4 FAVOURITE ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCER APPAREL CHOICES: Top Picks for 2021

These are the Must-Have Apparel Items for 2021 for producers, brought to you by: Audio Production Apparel

Enhancing your music producer lifestyle for the new year. These are our top apparel picks because they are not just comfy and stylish, but also affordable.

Audio Production Apparel showcases some pretty cool products if you are looking for something comfy to wear in the studio. Do you identify yourself as an audiophile or music producer? Then, you need to check out these products. Here are our top 5 electronic music producer apparel picks available right now for 2021.

1. The “Lack of Bass” Hoodie – Top pick for 2021

This is one of the coolest designs around right now. Take your production to the dark side with this wicked hoodie to keep you cozy in the studio.

This design also comes as a wicked cool vinyl sticker.

2. The “Make Waves” Hoodie – Must Have #2

This slick design also comes as a t-shirt or a mug. The hoodie is available in five colour choices: orange, black, blue, red, or purple.

3. The “Everything Hertz” Tank Top – Get in shape in 2021, producer style.

Represent audio engineering with this tank top, on the beach or at the gym!

4. The “No Peaking” Hoodie and T-Shirt – This year keep your mixes clean and your outfit cleaner.

Let everybody know that you don’t clip the limiter with these outfits.

All of the products at Audio Production Apparel looks great, but these are our favourites. Their clothes are well priced and look super comfy and stylish. So here you have it! That’s our top 4 favourite electronic music producer apparel picks for 2021.

Thanks for making it this far! Looking into getting started with electronic music production? Check out our top 10 essentials article here.

Top 10 Electronic Music Producer Essentials

Whether you are just starting out as an electronic music producer, or if you are looking to expand your existing studio, here are the essentials.

1) A Computer Fit for Music Production – MacBook Pro/iMac Pro/Asus Zenbook Pro

You are going to need a fast and powerful computer.

Nothing is worse than being halfway through a project and the CPU gets overloaded. Apple is known for its creator-friendly computers and easy to use the operating system. If you want something portable, I would recommend starting out with a MacBook Pro. For something more powerful but less portable, go with the iMac Pro. Finally, if you are a dedicated PC user, I would recommend the Asus Pro Art Station or Asus Zenbook Pro.

2) A USB Keyboard/MIDI Controller M-Audio Keystation49/MPCmini

If you don’t already have a USB Keyboard or MIDI-Controller, get one!

Although you can use a computer keyboard, you should use a midi keyboard or midi controller. I recommend starting out with an M-Audio Keystation49 or an Akai MPK mini. For someone who is looking for something in between try the Alesis V49.

3) A DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)– Ableton Live/Logic

Although there is some debate, Ableton Live is probably the most common DAW available.

Ableton Live is the easiest to use. Produce beats from making basic loops, which can be easily arranged into full songs. Get the free trial here. Logic Pro is also a good choice and is probably the second most common DAW used for electronic music production. Free Logix Pro X trial here.

4) An Audio Interface (or DJ Controller) – Focusrite Scarlett/Pioneer DDJ

The best option for setting up your studio is with the Focusrite Scarlett Studio Bundle.

The bundle includes headphones, a microphone, and cable and the audio interface. You don’t “need” an audio interface for electronic music production. But, if you want to record your own vocals or analog sounds, then you will need proper audio to digital converter. Not to mention you could set up your studio monitors with your audio interface as your output. If you are planning on DJing too, I would recommend getting a Pioneer DDJ-SZ2, which can also be used as an interface for recording. If you are planning on just producing electronic music then you should buy the Focusrite Scarlett 2I2, which is probably the most popular audio interface for bedroom producers and professional electronic music producers. Really want to step up your music production game? Get both.

5) Studio Monitors/Speakers KRK Rokit/Yamaha HS5

You’re going to want to hear your music well, so get some studio monitors.

KRK Rokits and Yamaha HS5 are going to be your best speaker choice starting out. You might want a second set of reference speakers eventually. If upgrading I recommend the Adam Audio T8V. If these above options are all too expensive for you then go with the JBL 305P MKII. Make sure you get a pair!

6) Headphones Audio-Technica AT50/Shure SRH440

This is going to be essential as a DJ or an electronic music producer.

Headphones are another set of reference speakers when you are checking your mix. They are essential if – like most of us – you can’t always have your speaker volume turned all the way up at home. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50X is the best option, they are highly recommended by most producers and come at a reasonable price. If you are looking for something a bit cheaper, Shure SRH440 is going to be the best headphones for you. With a flat frequency response curve, they are going to give you the clearest and most accurate sound when you are creating your electronic music.

7) An Understanding of Music Theory Piano for All

When it comes to making music, it gets pretty difficult to dance around the fact that music theory understanding and piano playing skills are going to make the process a lot easier.

Many producers are not the best musicians and they still are professionals. But, you should know the basics of piano playing, which through the process helps you understand music theory in general. I recommend learning the piano because it’s a linear instrument. The notes are from left to right and clearly structured by tone and octave. Luckily, you don’t need to be a professional piano player to be a professional electronic music producer, but the basics help. Start out here to learn how to play the piano or keyboard and get a foundation for electronic music production.

8) A Microphone stand, laptop stand, cables or other accessories

There are a few microphone options above. If you are DJing you’re going to want to have a laptop stand. You will need some extra USB cables, long ones, and some XLR cables to connect your speakers to your audio interface or DJ controller, and, instruments. If you are a signer or want to record vocals, you need to choose a microphone and get a microphone stand. If you are just starting out and aren’t bringing in vocalists, a USB microphone should be just fine, but if you want a mobile option for DJing or if you are bringing in vocalists then you should get a stand so they can stand up comfortably to sing.

9) Sound Treatment/Acoustic Panels

A little soundproofing goes a long way (at least for the listener, haha).

You should try and dampen about 50% of the reflections of the ceiling if you are producing music in a room without carpet. Although it is highly expensive to fully soundproof a room, you can treat the room with foam panels for relatively cheap. If you have more money to spend then try getting the foam panels and a baffle.

10) An External Hard Drive or SSD Drive

As an electronic music producer, you are going to acquire and create a ton of files.

I recommend buying a computer with a fair amount of built-in memory, but you want an external drive to store programs, music libraries and extra sample packs so you never lose your data. Not to mention, you should always backup your precious projects!

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