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  • Gear Essentials - Our Reccommendations
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Gear Essentials - Our Reccommendations

Gear Essentials - Our Reccommendations

Over many years of production, our team has gone through their fair share of studio monitors, sound cards, midi keyboards and soft synths, with varying degrees of quality and success.

We’ve compiled a list of equipment that has really stood out to us.


Studio Monitors


Genelec 8040B Bi-Amplified Monitor

Genelec are commonly regarded by top sound engineers as one of the best studio monitor brands on the market. The 8040B is featured in world class production setups for both Music & Film.


Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor

The legendary Yamaha HS series has become a staple for almost any engineer, its cost effective but sounds honest. Its common for larger studios to have a pair of HS8’s for Referencing.


Yamaha MSP7 Studio Monitor

Yamaha’s “STUDIO” series monitors have been designed with serious monitoring in mind. Emphasis is on reference-quality reproduction precision that lets you hear sonic details, rather than flattering sound.

MIDI Keyboards


M-Audio Code 49

An essential for the studio or live setup. Getting hands on with a instrument is a great medium to get your ideas down during a jam or give your live performance a more personal touch. The M-Audio does this all plus more for a pretty decent price.


Sound Cards


Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Having quality monitors is important, but they can be let down by cheap sound cards, the Focusrite Scarlett is an exception here. Featuring some of the best converters on the market it delivers true quality audio at a low cost.

Focusrite Forte

For the more professional studio, the Forte offers high class audio and performance with four outputs which means greater expandability and in future. It also comes with award winning software plugins by Focusrite.

TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6

For those who want the desktop control pad of the Forte, but after something a bit cheaper the Desktop Konnekt 6 is a popular choice. In addition to the 2 inputs & outputs, you also have an inbuilt monitor section for recording on the go.



Shure SRH 440

For anyone looking for a low cost closed back headphone that performs well above its price bracket, the SRH 440 wins over all. A beautifully honest sounding can with Shures signature warm Mid Range and superior built quality.

Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro

Beyerdynamic have been pioneering professional headphones for decades, the DT-990 is acclaimed for its sonic accuracy & solid build quality. Also with a modest price tag it makes it hard to beat for a mid range open back studio can.

AKG Pro Audio K702

A popular choice for studio professionals, utilising the latest and greatest of audio technology to create a light weight, true sounding set of headphones. Above all they are super comfy to wear, essential for long studio sessions.

Sennheiser HD 25

While not great for studio work, these are the best of the best for live performance, great sound, super effective noise cancelation & build quality that was designed for the toughest of conditions. These little cans are the perfect mixing buddy.

Soft Synths


Native Instruments Komplete 11

Every producer or engineer has a common set of tools for their work, the Native Instruments Komplete plug in is one of those staples, with infinite possibilities it allows the user to craft the sound they are looking for.



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