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 …