8. Studio Monitors
If you’re working on your tunes for an extended period of time, you can experience what they call ear fatigue, which is exactly what it sounds like, and can make it harder to distinguish what sounds dope from what sounds less than dope. Ear fatigue is sped up when using headphones because your ears physically have less space to process sound. That’s why studios rely so heavily on good monitors. Gear nerds will debate what the best monitors are endlessly, but we can make a few very solid recommendations for beginners. KRK Rokits are totally affordable, and sound incredible for the price. If they’re out of your price bracket, a small pair of M-Audio desktop monitors will more or less do the trick. Just remember, monitors will give you a more universal sound than speakers and are made for making music, while speakers color the sound of music to enhance certain qualities artificially.