What equipment do you use?



What equipment do you use?

Hi Guys! My name is Serga and I would be thrilled to know what equipment you use for creating your music.

I’m a guitar player so I try to create everything with my guitar (Pad, Synth, Fx, Rhythm, Solo) and my vocals.

Is a computer the only thing that helps you achieve your goals or do you use live instruments and your musician skills because the element of creativity and creation is essential for you?

Here’s my set up:

Guitar: Musicman JP7, Carvin DC127C

Cable: MonsterCable

Audio interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

PC: Apple Mac Retina 15 (2,7 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 ГБ 1600 MHz DDR3, Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 МБ, SSD 512GB, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5)

Midi: Akai LPK25

HeadPhones: AKG 240S

Mic: SM7B

That’s all folks!

Studio Set-up! What Equipment is Neccessary for Good Quality Production?

Hi Serga. Gear threads are great! It’s always good to keep up to date with the latest of what people are using so I hope you get lots of replies.
Musicman guitars are wonderful. I would be interested to know if there are any guitarists out there who use a midi guitar pickup/interface with their daw.

Here’s my list…

The old Mackie HR824’s from the early 2000s (picked up a bargain from eBay about a decade ago when the mk2 came out)

A great pair of old 80’s Castle Durham speakers in pretty mahogany finish cabs, driven by an old-school Marantz amp for second reference and general listening.

My old Toyota Corolla with a pair of sh!t blaupunkt speakers and the stock cd-player/amp for 3rd reference!

Beyerdynamic DT770 (80Ω) Headphones with Sonarworks Reference 3 software (which is amazing)

Fender Jaguar (Mexican) with the single coils in sunburst
PRS custom SE
Cole Clark FL1 with a cutaway
Ibanez SR700 bass in amber

MIDI gear & Synths:
M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R audio interface
Edirol UM880 midi interface
NI S61 controller with Komplete Ultimate
NI Maschine Mikro mk2 (got it for a one off project a couple of years back. I should get into it a bit more, but I can’t get on with the software that drives it.)
Yamaha P35 leccy piano
Korg Wavestation SR synth (just waiting for this era of synthesis to come back into fashion! It’s a great synth, but so difficult to program.)
Teisco SX-400 synth which I inherited from my dad. (It’s not fantastic, but it’s fun. No midi sadly.)

PC: Old Windows 7 64bit machine from around 2010 (with a few upgrades along the way). 8GB ram + 1TB SSD

Neumann TLM102
Shure SM57&8
AT2020 pair (ultra cheap and great sounding mics)



Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, Focusrite Clarett 8Pre


Audio-Technica ATH-M50X headphones (used 99% of the time)

Yamaha HS8 + HS8S sub


Ibanez JBBM20, Squier Bullet Strat HSS, Takamine GNCE93


Yamaha RBX170, Yamaha TRBX305


Audio-Technica AT2020 condenser (used mainly), Rode NTR ribbon (new), SM58, AT2021

MIDI Keyboard:

Novation Impulse 49 (barely ever used)


FL Studio 20


i7 6700K 6-core, 64GB RAM, 500GB internal SSD + 2x 1TB external SSDs


That computer is a beast!


Even better, it’s actually a laptop :rofl:


Holy poo! :laughing:


Focusrite Liquid Safire 56

**Monitoring: **
Beyerdynamic DT880 (250Ω)
Yamaha HS8
Yamaha NS10m
Behringuer MS40

** Keyboards and sound Modules **
Korg Kronos 2
Yamaha Montage
Roland Jupiter-80
Kurzweil PC3k6
Roland JD-990
Roland Integra 7
Korg Wavestation S/R
Korg Triton Rack
Korg TR Rack
Korg 03r/w
Roland A-80 MIDI Controller

Bandlab Sonar (best for midi :smiley:)
Protools 12

i7 2600k, 32GB Ram, 3 TB SSD on 3 monitors :stuck_out_tongue:

from Brazil :brazil:


That’s quite a collection of synths! I’ve never used a Kurzweil. How is it compared to the Kronos?


The kurzweil is very powerful, along with its synthesis V.A.S.T., has legendary paths and reaches up to 32 layers. But he loses a lot for Kronos over intuitiveness. In my opinion the kronos is still the best of them all. Sorry for English



Audient iD14


Audio-Technica ATH-M70X headphones



Line 6 JTV-69 James Tyler Variax


Fender Jazz Bass V


Nord Stage 2

Kurzweil SP5-8


Audio-Technica AT875R, Cascade m20u, SM58, ZOOM H5 for sounds


Cubase 9


i7 7600, 32GB RAM, 1TB internal SSD + 1TB external SSD




Holyyyy cow, 64 gb on a laptop?how many ram slots there?? :rofl:


I think there are 4 x 16GB sticks in there :smile:


Thanks, mate
Like your Gear! Awesome guitars and I see that you have a nice collection of Synths!


Now that’s some serious PC (LapTop : ) !!!


Thanks for sharing!
That’s a lot of gear : ) Nice collection of synths! Do you use your 3 monitors only for music? : ))))))))


Nice! I hade a James Tyler Variax I loved it! But unfortunately, I had to sell it.
Nutella Approved!



Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen



Audio-Technica ATH-M30


Music Man JP12, Ibanez RG1527

MIDI Keyboard:

Akai LPK25


Logic Pro X


iMac (27-inch, Late 2013), 3,2 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM


Flightsimulator too ::smiley:


Native instruments Komplete
Project Sam instruments
Sampelogic instruments
Heavyocity instruments
Output instruments
Spectrosonic instruments
Martin acoustic guitar
Fender Strat electric guitar
Komplete Kontrol 49
Novation Bass Station II
UAD Apollo dou 8





Alesis Monitor One

DT 770 pro 80 ohm

Sony Professional


Cheap Old Luthier Guitar

MIDI Keyboard:

Minilab mk2


Ableton Live 10


Win 7 :stuck_out_tongue:
I7 6700 3.4Ghz - 16GB with 1 233 GB ssd and several 1TB hd