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The Studio Musician's Guide to Gear

Recording great-sounding tracks takes tight playing, sonic know-how and the right gear to create and capture your sound. No matter what project you're recording, this gear guide will help you find the right tools to rule your next studio session!

Are you paying by the hour to use a professional studio? Our guide is full of gear that lets you dial in tons of tones easily -- so you can get in, lay down tracks, and get out. Likewise, if you're creating demos at home, we've picked a range of mics, monitors and more that will help you craft polished tracks at a comfortable price.
Guitar Studio Gear
Studio-oriented guitar gear is less about flash and more about achieving great sound. That's why many session players opt for guitars that may not shine with expensive finishes and features, but do boast quality pickups and tonewoods. Gibson's aptly named Les Paul Studio is a great example, and has become a staple for recording.

Towering amp stacks send a message on stage, but in the studio, lower-wattage amps rule. Their ability to reach tube saturation and get sweet sounds at low volumes makes them extremely popular.

Looking for more recording advice? We've got plenty of tips and suggestions in our Guide to Recording Electric Guitar »
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Bass Studio Gear
In the studio, bassists are depended on to deliver styles from disco to punk. A 5-string bass, like the Ibanez BTB675M, gives you more than enough sonic depth for almost any session.

When it comes to recording bass, miking an amp and running the bass "direct" through a DI box yield different results, and both methods have their advantages. A direct box like the Tech 21 SansAmp Programmable Bass Driver DI Pedal offers plenty of EQ and tone control, and it's designed to replace an amp altogether. However, some prefer recording with bass amps because of the creative options afforded by mic selection and placement. Can't decide which is best for your track? Try recording both simultaneously and comparing -- or combining -- the tracks.
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Drum Studio Gear
Electronic drum kits have come a long way from their genesis in the early '70s to become powerful, extremely versatile options for the studio today. A sonic encyclopedia with realistic dynamics and feel, the Roland TD-30K features USB and MIDI output for easy DAW integration. Acoustic drum kits are still the standard for their truly natural feel and sound, however. If you're a session drummer particular about your sound, you may want to consider bringing your own cymbals into the studio for a familiar response and worn-in feel.

Studio sessions can go on...and on. And when they do, having a comfortable throne with plenty of support can make the difference between stellar and lethargic takes hours into a session. The Gibraltar 9608MB drum throne features a motorcycle seat with adjustable backrest that'll help you stay upright all night and into the next morning.
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MIDI Keyboards and Recording Software
DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software has vastly changed the recording landscape, turning home offices, bedrooms and college dorm rooms into studios. The ever-popular Pro Tools plays well with MIDI controllers and audio interfaces to help you record, mix, and edit tracks with professional polish. And while DAWs like Pro Tools come with their own virtual instruments, an additional sample library like IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 will widen your sonic palette with over 33 GB of professionally recorded instruments in a brand-new interface.

When it comes to music production, the old mouse-and-keyboard combo aren't always ideal. Keyboard controllers like the Novation Launchkey 49 MKII allow you to play melodies and chords through MIDI, lay down beats on the drum pads, and even control your DAW with faders and transport buttons for an experience that's much smoother than point-and-click.
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Microphones
Selecting the appropriate mic to record a track -- whether that track features vocals, guitar, drums, or didgeridoo -- is essential to capturing great sound. Luckily, you can build a fairly versatile home studio with just a few key mics for prices that won't blow your budget. For vocals, we recommend the Blue Bluebird, a fixed-cardioid large-diaphragm condenser mic that's flattering on many voices.

The lower frequencies of bass guitars and kick drums often require a dynamic mic that can handle low frequencies and high sound pressure levels. The Shure Beta 52A kick drum and bass mic is a cost-effective solution that stands up well to high SPLs, bringing out booming low end without unwanted distortion.
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Audio Interfaces
When you're in the studio, it's always inspiring to play or sing through effects like reverbs, delays and amp simulators. With an audio interface, you can listen to those sweet effects in your monitor headphones -- while you record "dry" or unprocessed tracks, and keep your options open for changing your sound later. A great choice for solo guitarists, the IK Multimedia iRig Pro offers one input and is bundled with AmpliTube guitar amp modeling software.

If you're recording larger groups, an interface with multiple preamps -- like the Roland UA-1010 Octa-Capture with 8 preamps -- will allow you to record more sources simultaneously. It's important to consider your computer or device platform, as some interfaces work through exclusively through USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt (a Mac-exclusive port) or iOS devices. Depending on the audio quality you're looking for, you may want to find an interface that goes beyond the standard 24-bit/48 kHz resolution. Our Audio Interface Buying Guide is an excellent resource for these and other questions.
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Monitor Speakers & Headphones
After you've laid down some solid takes, you'll want to evaluate them through headphones and speakers to ensure they're properly mixed. Studio monitor speakers are designed to play back your mixes as transparently as possible, so you can identify what adjustments need to be made.

Some entry-level models, like the PreSonus Eris E5, provide value with features like adjustable EQ filters to help tune the speakers to your room. In general, driver size increases alongside price, and a pro-level monitor like the JBL LSR4328P will offer pro-quality performance. Our Studio Monitor Speakers Buying Guide offers great advice for shoppers of all types.

Like monitors, studio headphones aim for uncolored playback without boosting bass or altering the EQ. A good pair should also be comfortably built for long listening sessions -- one of the reasons Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones are a favorite of many producers.
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