If you’re ready to take the next step in your music-making journey, deciding what to add to your home studio is priority #1. You’ve got the lyrics, you’ve got the music, you’ve got the band: you need the setup. If you’re looking for your next purchase, you have come to the right place! In this purchase guide, we’ll go through exactly what you’ll need to be the next breakout artist on Soundcloud, TikTok, and mainstream popularity. Let’s get started!
The latest installment in Alesis’s value-packed Nitro series of electronic drums, the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit, features a full set of tunable mesh drumheads to deliver a custom playing experience — a rare feat for an electric drum kit at this price point. Forty ready-made drum kits and 385 customizable drum/cymbal sounds, along with 60 play-along backing tracks and an aux input for mobile devices, make the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit an excellent practice tool and the ultimate low-volume jamming solution. All drum stands, pedals, hardware, cables — even drumsticks — are included to have you set up and drumming in no time. Other highlights of the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit include virtual instrument compatibility via USB and MIDI ports and a dual-zone snare pad with separate head and rim zones.
The MXR Iso-Brick pedalboard power supply is proof that MXR has a finger on the pulse of guitar players and their needs. As always at MXR, they recognized a need for a pedalboard power supply that fits with the way music makers play and the gear they use to make their music – enter the Iso-Brick. Boasting 10 fully isolated outputs that are optimized to handle a wide range of pedal types – vintage or brand new, analog or digital – MXR’s Iso-Brick is just right no matter what your pedal pleasure may be.
With a full band and recording setup, you’ll need a lot of cables. D’Addario and Pig Hog are the gold standard for instrument cables. Long lasting and durable, pure sound quality transfer, everything you need to make your setup sound perfect and look clean.
The PreSonus Eris E4.5 2-way active studio monitors give you a high-quality, high-value alternative to “computer” speakers. Eris employs a woven composite woofer, a low-mass silk-dome tweeter, Class AB amplification, and professional acoustic-adjustment controls to deliver true studio-monitor accuracy, at a price point that’s flooded with ho-hum “multimedia” speakers. And unlike comparably priced studio monitors, Eris gives you controls for flattening frequency response to facilitate accurate mixing. Need accurate monitors but don’t want to break the bank? You should give the PreSonus Eris E4.5 a serious audition.
Hercules builds one of the best music stands available today. If you need a mic stand, you can’t go wrong with Hercules.
With good looks and great functionality, the Hercules Stands GS432B Plus triple guitar stand lets you securely store three of your guitars with one stand. This stand uses Hercules’s Auto-grip technology and multi-angle foldable backrests to store your guitars with no worries. The GS432B Plus can easily accommodate any guitar or bass with a neck size between 1.57″ and 2.05″. You can also use the instant height adjustment clutch that makes it a breeze to adjust the stand height. If you need peace of mind, this stand won’t let you down.
For a state-of-the-art acoustic amp, look no further than the Fishman Loudbox Artist — it delivers 120 watts of room-filling, natural-sounding amplified acoustic tone. Two channels accommodate your guitar and a microphone, and thanks to built-in Bluetooth connectivity, you can bring backing tracks or other accompaniment into your performances. You get all the controls you need to craft your sound with the Fishman Loudbox Artist, including a 3-band EQ and feedback suppression, while built-in effects ensure a polished result with depth and dimension. Beyond that, an effects loop enables you to integrate your external stompboxes and effects. This powerful acoustic amp also features an aux input and a balanced XLR DI output — great for playing along to or capturing your live performances. Whether you play acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo, or another acoustic instrument, you should investigate the Fishman Loudbox Artist. It’s a serious piece of gear.
The Spider V 30 is loaded with features that make it the perfect practice amp for those wishing to have hundreds of amps and effects?and 128 stylistically diverse presets?at their fingertips. Specs 30 watts Bi-amped full-range speaker system with 8? loudspeaker + tweeter Over 200 amps, cabs, and effects?more than any other amp in its class 128 presets featuring a variety of classic and modern tones Tuner, metronome, and jam-along drum loops Optimized for use with FBVTM 3 Advanced Foot Controller USB interface and free Spider V Remote app
The StudioLive AR16c from PreSonus is a hybrid digital/analog mixer that’s built for today’s creators. This mixer is compact enough to be taken on the road, yet offers a wide range of input options to fit any performer’s needs. And it’s bursting with features such as onboard effects, Stereo SD recording, and a Stereo Super Channel that lets you take total control over your sound. When you use it as an interface, this impressive mixer plugs into your computer with an included USB-C cable. You can record each of the inputs and the main mix for more flexible recording options. As if that’s not enough bang for your buck, you’ll also receive free software that turns your laptop into a fully-featured production powerhouse. Whether you’re uploading your band’s latest live performance or your brand new interview, the AR16c will blow you away with its unmatched value and easy operation.