In this article I am going to show you my studio equipment that I use in my home studio and while travelling. Since I am travelling a lot (or at least used to), my equipment is optimised for portability. I like to produce music while I’m on the go. Not necessarily in the airplane but in hotel rooms in foreign countries, for sure. Or during my retreats.
Studio Computer & Various
MacBook Pro 2017 15″
I remember the first time people wanted to convince me about the MacBook. It was the first ever Trance Retreat I hosted in September 2017 and Protoculture and a participant both told me how wicked a MacBook is. I didn’t believe it until I saw it in action. Since then there is no coming back for me. This machine still runs like new in 2021 and it just shows what quality Apple delivers.
Magic Keyboard & Mouse
Absolutely loving the bluetooth keyboard and mouse by Apple. Never any connectivity issues and overall these are just high quality products. The keyboard has a very nice aluminium frame. Highly recommended.
RME Babyface (Pro)
This particular model is discontinued now but the Pro model that is the replacement is even nicer as there isn’t this annoying breakout cable. This audio interface offers high quality sound for recordings and output while remaining relatively small and therefore being perfect for travelling.
CME XKey 25 Midi Keyboard
Saw this one first at a retreat that I hosted with Roger Shah. From that point on I absolutely fell in love with this keyboard. Roger uses it for his live gigs. I love travelling with it.
Sonarworks Reference 4 Studio With Mic
This software works like wonders. The measuring process takes a little bit of time as you need to measure from over 30 different positions. The software is quite intuitive though and guides you through the whole process. The sound is so much more balanced when you A/B with and without the Sonarworks software. A product I wouldn’t miss for the world!
Nice and stable speaker stands. I ordered these from Thomann but similar products seem to be manufactured by different companies. The Amazon links refer you to a similar product but not the same. Overall, reasonable price and does the job!
Adam A7X Speakers
I’m in love with these speakers. They are also pretty linear over 100 Hz. I have tested it in my treated room with Sonarworks. Here’s a graphic of that test:
It’s just a little bit weak below 100 Hz, but I will sort that out some time in the future with an additional subwoofer.
IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
Got to know this company through my producer friend Genix, who used another model on one of my retreats. After that I started researching and tested these clouds at a music production convention in Berlin at SAE institute. Was absolutely blown away. These are the perfect travel speakers. And pretty powerful for their size!
Sennheiser HD 650
I just love these headphones. The frequency response is extremely flat and there is a reason why Sonarworks offers a bundle with pre-calibrated Sennheiser HD 650 headphones. The only downside is that these are open headphones and you may bother people around you when you turn up the volume too much. Therefore, these headphones do not work in an airplane for example. Also, my ears do not hurt at all after using the headphones. Even after a few hours they are still comfortable.
I really like this particular absorber since all the small tiles come separately. You can build your own acoustic element shapes. This way I was able to put one absorber element right next to me and spare the light switch. The sound is great as well as far as I can tell.
I have put this diffusor direct behind me on the wall. It is diffusing the first reflection of the speaker signal. It is at the level of my head respectively of the speakers.
I am using four bass traps. Two on the height of the speakers and two on the bottom of the floor (in the left and right corner behind the speakers).
Neumann TLM 103
This microphone has an amazingly clean sound. I use it to record voice-overs as well as record some vocalists who visit me in the studio. I have recorded “Losing My Mind” and “Find The Sunrise” with Katty Heath on this microphone.
Airturn GoStand + Telescopic Boom Arm
This mic stand can go super small and it’s very easy to travel with it. Imagine, quickly taking your mic and this stand with you for a quick recording session at a very inspiring spot somewhere in the world. There is no better way than with this stand!
- RME-Babyface: © RME Audio
- Sonarworks-Reference-4-Studio-with-Mic: © Thomann
- Thomann-Speaker-Stands: © Thomann
- Adam-A7X: © Thomann
- Sennheiser-HD-650: © Thomann
- the-t.akustik-nook-set-144: © Thomann
- the-t.akustik-Diffusor-Manhattan-GR-eps-set: © Thomann
- Thomann-Bass-Traps: © Thomann
- Neumann-TLM-103: © Thomann
- Airturn-gostand: © Thomann