It can be difficult to find the right equipment for your recording studio. We put this guide together to help you narrow down what you’re looking for.

Below is a list of music production equipment that we recommend for your home studio. We have experience with every piece of equipment below and everything you see is known to be “best in class” and “industry standard”. More than that, all of the equipment listed here is known for lasting a long time and providing maximum value for your investment.

Simply put, you cannot go wrong with any of the equipment in our 2021 Music Production Studio Buyer’s Guide!

Best Dynamic Microphone

Dynamic microphones are generally preferred for vocals and sources with a high volume. They do a better job of rejecting ambient noise and capturing audio from a loud source (like a drum kit).

Shure SM57

Shure SM57 Microphone
  • Rugged
  • High Quality
  • Great Value

Shure SM7B

Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
  • Warm Tone
  • Shielded From Electromagnetic Hum
  • Comfortable Ergonomics

Electro-Voice RE20

Electro-Voice RE20 Dynamic Microphone
  • Broadcast Quality
  • Warmth & Clarity
  • Reduced Proximity Effect
  • Industry Standard

Best Condenser Microphone

Condenser microphones are known for their clarity and articulation. They are more likely to capture room noise and offer more detail in your recording.

Audio Technica AT2035

Audio Technica AT2035
  • Studio Grade
  • Smooth & Detailed
  • Compact Design

Rode NT1

Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone
  • Ultra Low Self Noise
  • Internal Shockmounting
  • Detailed & Accurate

Neumann TLM 103

Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone
  • Studio Standard
  • Dual Diaphragm
  • Low-Noiset

Best Audio Interface

An audio interface is used to connect your microphones and line-level inputs (keyboards, drum machines) to your computer so you can record, edit, and mix your project. An audio interface will also provide an output for your headphones and studio monitors.

Solid State Logic SSL2+

Solid State Logic SSL2+ Audio Interface
  • Legendary SSL Preamps
  • SSL 4k Button/Mode
  • 64 dB of gain!
  • Excellent Layout

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
  • 8 Inputs For Multitracking
  • Rack Mounted
  • Affordable
  • Extremely Popular

Universal Audio Twin X

Universal Audio Apollo Twin X
  • Expand To 10 Inputs
  • Realtime Processing
  • Analog Emulation
  • Clean Mic Preamps

Best Mic Stand

Table Top Desk Stand

Microphone Table Stand
  • Telescoping Height
  • Easy To Use
  • Durable

K&M 259 Low Mic Stand

KM 259 Low Tripod Mic Stand
  • Height – 16.7″ to 25.4″
  • Boom Arm – 18.5″ – 30.5″
  • Kick Drums & Amps

K&M 210/9 Mic Stand

KM 210/9 Tripod Mic Stand
  • Height 35.4″ to 63.2″
  • Boom Arm – 17.1″ – 29.3″
  • Vocals & Tall Instruments

Best Headphones & Monitoring

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphones
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Light Weight
  • Closed Back
  • Enhanced Low-End

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm Headphones
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Light Weight
  • Open Back
  • Articulate & Accurate

Yamaha HS5 Monitor

Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitor
  • 2-Way Reference Speaker
  • TRS & XLR Inputs
  • Professional Grade

Best Audio Cables

Hosa 1/8″ To Dual 1/4″

  • Connect Phone/Laptop To Audio Mixer
  • Connect Computer To Studio Monitors
  • Long Lasting

Canare XLR Cable

Canare XLR Cable
  • Braided Copper Shield
  • Very Flexible
  • Star Quad Design
  • Polyethylene Insulation
  • Neutrik Connectors
  • Color Options

Canare TRS Cable

Canare TRS Cable
  • Braided Copper Shield
  • Very Flexible
  • Star Quad Design
  • Polyethylene Insulation
  • Neutrik Connectors
  • Color Options

Home Studio Accessories

Shure 3″ Extension Tube

Shure 3in Extension Tube
  • Improves Mic Mounting
  • Used With Boom Arm

Mackie HM-4 Amp

Mackie HM4 Headphone Splitter
  • Headphone Amp
  • Headphone Splitter
  • Affordable
  • Easy To Use

Gator Monitor Stand

Gator Frameworks Monitor Stand
  • For Studio Monitors
  • Rugged Design
  • Lots of Adjustability
Elgato Camlink 4k
  • Capture HDMI Video
  • Great For Streaming

2″ Colored Gaff Tape

Fluorescent Gaff Tape
  • Use for labeling
  • Mark locations

3″ Black Gaff Tape

3 Inch Gaff Tape
  • Safely Tape Cable
  • Cover Logos
  • Make Things Black

Cloudlifter CL-1

Cloudlifter CL-1 Inline Preamp
  • Works with dynamic mic
  • Provides 25dB of gain
  • Requires phantom power

Radial PRO D2

Radial ProD2 Stereo DI Box
  • Stereo DI Box
  • Rugged Design

Radial PRO AV2

  • Lots of inputs
  • Rugged Design