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Studio Nomenclature: Equipment

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If we were in the 90’s or even early 2000’s, one could argue that studio hardware would be a must. However, today we are fortunate to have a plethora of tools at our disposal in order to make music.

During the days of analog, it wouldnt be odd to see mixers, drum machines, pianos and actual instruments in the studio. For the producers making urban music it wouldnt be odd to see an akai drum machine, ensoniq asr-10, and or a Yamaha or Roland piano in their set up. In all certainy I say that hip hop producers during that time had equipment that they were comfortable with first and allowed them to maximize their sound second.

Comfort one may ask? Yes! Comfort can be defined as a state of well being and familiarity…applying that to the studio the producers had the best equipment suited for their specific needs in order to get the results they wanted musically.

Today it is no different what one producer may have from another. Since we are now in the digital age, all daw’s and drum machines do almost the very same things. It is almost like having a pair of shoes, it may differ in comfort and aesthetic appeal but essentially offers the same function. A producer may only consider obtaining new equipment if the item in question has a isolated and specific function it offers that no other piece of equipment does.

What ever you have in your studio, it can work! MAKE THE MOST OUT OF IT!


Omar Luis

Omar Luis

Believer, Aspiring Producer, Editor from London, ON, CA.

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