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Old 18th July 2012 , 06:04 PM
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Question Music production - help needed...

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I'm after some advice on hardware for electronic music production. I've been DJ'ing using vinyl and CDJ's for the past 6 years (deep house / techno / tech house) and I'm upping sticks soon to go backpacking for a year. I was hoping to use this time to teach myself Ableton (or alternative software...I'm open to suggestions)

I'll obviously be at a disadvantage when it comes to having a dedicated studio space and I need to keep all hardware to an absolute minimum (anything I take has to be portable and lightweight so huge monitor speakers and multiple input devices are out then...)

I'm after a macbook/laptop that will handle music production but I'm not necessarily after the latest 2012 models as I'm 90% sure that it will get lost/stolen/dropped/eaten at some point during my trip!

I'm new to production so any guidance and suggestions on macbook/laptop, input devices, software etc. would be great.

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Old 18th July 2012 , 06:28 PM
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any macbook, apogee duet if you want to record audio, any usb midi keyboard controller. Robert's your mother's brother.

Alternatively just an ipad and garageband.
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If it's all ITB you don't even need an interface if you get a Mac, they run pretty well on core audio.

Grab a 2 year old MBP, a copy of Logic Pro 9 which is $200 at the app store as it has everything you need to get going.

Get a pair of decent monitoring headphones like the AKGK240, or even the K271's which are closed back if you're worried about noise leakage and you're all set.
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If it's all ITB you don't even need an interface if you get a Mac, they run pretty well on core audio.

Grab a 2 year old MBP, a copy of Logic Pro 9 which is $200 at the app store as it has everything you need to get going.

Get a pair of decent monitoring headphones like the AKGK240, or even the K271's which are closed back if you're worried about noise leakage and you're all set.
or a decent pair of in-ears for travelling
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Thanks for the replies

Looking at MBP's from Feb 2011 onwards I'm leaning towards a 13"...should I be looking at the 15" quad core or will the 13" dual core be ok?

I'm taking my sennheiser hd25's as I'm hoping to blag the odd dj slot on my travels
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or a decent pair of in-ears for travelling
Can you even get decent in ear monitoring headphones?

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Thanks for the replies

Looking at MBP's from Feb 2011 onwards I'm leaning towards a 13"...should I be looking at the 15" quad core or will the 13" dual core be ok?

I'm taking my sennheiser hd25's as I'm hoping to blag the odd dj slot on my travels
Preference would be for a quad core and bigger screen. Depends on how much mobility and battery life you really want.
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Can you even get decent in ear monitoring headphones?
H@ll yeah! You can get some very high end ones indeed!

I have a pair of these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOtn0...eature=related

here's some other high end options: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&fe...&v=fF60-5VSkz4
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H@ll yeah! You can get some very high end ones indeed!

I have a pair of these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOtn0...eature=related

here's some other high end options: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&fe...&v=fF60-5VSkz4
I always thought they were for stage monitoring rather than mix monitoring.

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mobility is a priority so I'll take the trade off and look for a 2011 13" for the trip and look to upgrade when I return to a more permanent studio space...

Thanks again for the help...all this despite me posting the thread in the 'gigs wanted' section...what a douche
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...all this despite me posting the thread in the 'gigs wanted' section...
It doesn't seem so out of place as you are hoping for some gigs:

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... I'm hoping to blag the odd dj slot on my travels
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I always thought they were for stage monitoring rather than mix monitoring.

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There are no headphones or earphones that you can reliably mix on. None. It simply isn't possible because when wearing them your ears don't interact with each other or the room so you cannot hear clashes which are panned differently.
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There are no headphones or earphones that you can reliably mix on. None. It simply isn't possible because when wearing them your ears don't interact with each other or the room so you cannot hear clashes which are panned differently.

Ok let me put it another way. Designed for mix monitoring rather than designed for stage monitoring!

I can't mix on my headphones at all, although they are infinitely better for checking fine detail and bass levels in my poxy current room than my monitor speakers are.
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