Multitrack Recorder

Tascam Model 24 Review

Introduction  I use sound mixers regularly for audio recording. That’s why I know a digital mixer can be frustrating. They are typically filled with complex menus.  It can leave you craving a time when each function on a sound mixer had a dedicated control.  That’s definitely true for live shows when you want the immediate response an analog system provides.  …

Electronic Drum Kit

Alesis Strike Pro Review

A few years ago, I desperately wanted to get on with drumming, but I knew that if I bought a regular drum set, I’d annoy my family and my neighbors.  What I should have done was buy an electronic drum kit. Modern versions both solve the noise problem and offer a host of additional benefits too.  The following is an …

Condenser Microphone

Audio Technica AT2020 Review

Most of today’s microphones are tremendously complex. Many feature switches and pads for filters that you can spend hours fiddling around with, but I just find all this confusion.  I want a simple device that does the job.  In this Audio Technica at2020 review, we’re going to investigate one such device: the Audio Technica AT2020. It is an attempt to …

Analog Synthesizer

Behringer Neutron Review (Should You Buy?)

Creating great music is impossible without the right music creation equipment, regardless of how good your post-production setup might seem. If you’ve been guilty of investing money in the wrong items, a high-quality synthesizer should be top of the agenda. Otherwise, you’ll continue to all into the same pitfalls. This honest Behringer Neutron review will show you why it’s one …

studio headphones

Production On A Budget: 5 Of The Best Studio Headphones For Under 100

Producing music with low-quality headphones is like trying to perform in a brass band with a plastic trumpet; it isn’t the right tool for the job. Picking up both the rich, sonorous bass and the acute treble within your tracks can only be achieved with a sensitive piece of equipment. This is crucial when you’re mixing, mastering, and producing music, …

Speakers

Mackie CR3 Review – Is It Worth Buying?

Even your sickest beats will struggle to create the desired impact if you don’t boast the right speakers. Back in the day, I used to waste good money on other accessories, but the value of a high-quality speaker system cannot be emphasized enough. My Mackie CR3 review will tell you why the little speakers pack a mighty punch! Presenting The …

The Best Turntables Under $500

Buying the equipment that you need to get started with making or producing music is one of the toughest things to do. It can all get pretty expensive as you start to need and buy more. One of the first things that you might need to buy is a turntable. However, this is one piece of equipment that doesn’t have …

2018 Guide to the Top Piano Headphones

As your passion for music constantly grows, it’s time to explore everything new to this topic. If you just purchased a digital piano, you are surely eager to discover its every feature. When it comes to headphones jack, you should know that there have been a lot of improvements here, too. So be curious and try to find the right …

Arturia Minilab MKII Review

As you’re beginning to develop your own workflow, you may find yourself stuck in a rut of tinkering with things for too long so they can sound a certain way. When I began using Ableton, I would get frustrated with trying to modulate the different parameters of a sound because I had no idea what I was doing but I …

The Best 25-Key MIDI Controllers For Musicians On A Budget This 2018

So you want to start making some music. Maybe you’re an aspiring beatmaker. You’ve already downloaded the programs you need, you’ve watched a few tutorials, and you’re ready to start producing some super hot fire. Or maybe you’re in a band, and you want to take advantage of some VST instruments to add more layers of music to your songs. …

Nektar Impact LX25+ Review

I was in for a rough surprise when I first decided to start making beats. At first, I thought it was going to be easy — just torrent some cracked software, get yourself some sounds, click some melodies in and voila — you’ll be making hot banging beats in no time! Turns out it wasn’t going to be that easy. …

M-Audio Oxygen 25 MKIV Review – 25-Key MIDI Controller For Your Home Studio

Getting a MIDI controller is probably one of the most crucial pieces of equipment you need to add to your home studio if you’re planning to make your own beats if you’re a complete beginner. When I was starting out as a starry-eyed newbie, I spent months dicking around random programs and wondering why I was making nothing but hot …

Alesis V25 Review: A Full-Sized 25-Key MIDI Keyboard With Drum Pads

For aspiring and beginner producers, one of the most important pieces of equipment for your home studio is no doubt a MIDI keyboard controller that you can use to play out your melodies and compose beats with. The problem? It’s easy to get lost in confusion when deciding which model to buy. When I was looking around for the latest …

Akai MPK Mini MK2 Review – A Great Budget Mini 25-Key MIDI Controller

Unless you happen to be gifted enough to be able to play music by ear, there’s no doubt about it: getting a MIDI keyboard controller is probably one of the best investments you’ll ever make when building your home studio for making beats. If you’ve read my guide on must-have equipment for music production, then this isn’t anything new to …

Dubturbo Review: 4 Reasons Why I DON’T Recommend It For Aspiring Beatmakers

Occasionally, I review software and pieces of gear here at Make Beats 101 if I find them useful for producers and other musicians. Because there’s already way too many things being advertised to us, I try to only review things that are beneficial to our goal of making great quality music. Since I want to maintain my sense of integrity, …

Reason Essentials Review: The $69 Studio-In-A-Box For Making Beats On A Budget

Let me start off today’s post with a simple question: how does wasting years of your time and spending hundreds of dollars on beatmaking programs that you’ll never end up using appeal to you? If you’re a normal human being, then it prooooooobably doesn’t sound like something you’d want to do. After all, the whole point of this site is …

Rode NT1A Review – Condenser Microphone For Home Recording

Quick Summary Recently, a singer-songwriter friend of mine came to me with a few questions about recording equipment and asked for suggestions on which gear to invest in. Since she’s working on her debut album, she figured it would be wiser to spend her money building a home studio instead of renting one out. With the latter, she’s likely to …

KRK KNS 8400 Review – Budget Studio Headphones For The Home Studio

If you’re making music of any sorts from a home studio (whether just hip hop beats or complete songs with vocals on it) then I’m sure you already know the importance of having studio monitors for mixing your songs. For the longest time, I didn’t have a pair of studio monitors. My only pair of speakers was a home theatre …