1. A Computer
Twenty years ago it was a different story when computers were too expensive and less common so you had to go to a recording studio that had multitrack tape recorders and huge CDR machines. Edits were also more difficult, especially on tape. Unless you’re a total lo-fi fanatic, the first thing that you’re going to need is a computer. The industry standard is Apple, but many musicians are happy with PCs. Laptops afford mobility, so we recommend going the way of the laptop. Your computer will be the brain of your operation by running software, recording, playing back, et cetera. It’s also good to note that smartphones are really smart. You can sketch a lot of ideas on a smartphone or tablet, and we’re seeing more and more musicians and DJs using iPads on stage, but while they’re good for some things, they still won’t replace the power of a computer.