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Beginner's Guide to Music Production Hardware

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    Adam welcomes you to the course and talks about what he will be covering.

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    What Do You Need to Make Music?

    Starting right at the beginning, what hardware do you need to make music? You can technically make the best track in the world with just headphones and a laptop, but in what order should you consider other devices?

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    Digital vs Analog

    Learn about MIDI controllers, and how they differ to "analog" devices.

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    Should You Get Analog Gear?

    Analog (or more precisely, "external") gear is more expensive, less flexible, less reliable, less easy to use, and doesn't sound any better.. And so, why do we love it so much? And should you consider it?

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    Audio Interfaces

    What are audio interfaces? When do you need them? How should you choose which to get? If you just have a simple setup (laptop and headphones, say), do you really need one?

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    Headphones vs Monitors

    Let me explain why you should buy mid-priced headphones, before buying studio monitors.

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    Do You Need a Sub?

    Sub woofers are fun! But they don't help you understand what you're creating, and can often times cause more trouble then they're worth.. Find out why in this video.

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    Acoustic Treatment

    Let me dispel some myths and misconceptions about acoustic (foam) treatment. This will help you decide whether or not you should get studio monitors.

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    Open vs Closed Back Headphones

    In this video find out about the difference between open backed and closed backed headphones. Learn in which situations open backed is better, and which closed backed is better.

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    On Ear vs Over Ear Headphones

    What should you get? On ear headphones? Or over ear? Get this wrong, and it'll be painful.. Find out why.

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    Headphone Impedance

    Learn about headphone impedance. Get this wrong, and you may find yourself needing to buy an additional piece of gear, a headphone pre-amp.

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    Headphone Cable Length

    Find out why some headphones come with counter-intuitively long cables, and why you should always consider cable length when buying headphones.

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    Keyboard Size

    What size keyboard should you get? I explore every dimension (number of keys, key width, key depth), and the non-obvious implications of going bigger or smaller in each.

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    Touch Strips or Rockers?

    Most people don't think to consider this when buying a keyboard - learn about the differences between touch strips and rockers for keyboard pitch bend and mod wheels. Sometimes one is better, but usually the other is better.

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    External Metering

    This is probably my favorite category of music production hardware. Find out what it is, how it works, and why it's seamless to use, and perfect.

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    Physical Interfaces for Digital Plug-ins

    Learn about a category of device, you probably don't know exists - physical interfaces for digital plugins. Control plugins with a physical device, automatically, without having to configure or map anything. It's so much more enjoyable!

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    Gear Stands

    I've spent a lot of time trying different ways to place gear in my studio. Most "proper" or "professional" solutions don't actually work very well, so let me tell you a few secrets.. Ironically, it involves using music stands, but not in the way they're intended!

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    Let me explain three reasons why customizing your gear is easy, and beneficial. Almost nobody does it, yet it can be cheap, effective, and a great way to stand out.

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    How to Protect & Transport Your Gear

    What's the best way to protect and transport your gear? I've explored all the options, so let me share with you my preferred approach.

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    Buy What You Love

    Buy what you love. Ignore what may be "technically" better. Explore the way gear "feels", and how it may (or may not) inspire you. Discover why this is maybe the most important thing.

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    Keep It Simple

    It sounds obvious, but don't over complicate your audio routing. The more things you have in the processing chain, the more likely it is something goes wrong - and the harder it is to troubleshoot. I share a perfect example to illustrate the idea.

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    Having Too Much Gear

    This may sound a bit mad, but sometimes it can be worse to have more gear, rather than less.. Obviously there are some advantages to having lots of stuff (as I explain), but there are also some serious problems with having too much.

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    Check the Manual First

    It may sound obvious, but almost nobody does this. Before buying something, read the manual (or watch some tutorials). Often times things just don't quite work like the marketing person described it.

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    When to Buy

    It may be tempting, but, if possible, don't buy hardware when it first comes out. Find out why, in this video.

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    USB Hubs

    USB hubs are a nightmare. Outside of super simple situations, they rarely work correctly. I share a few cautionary stories, as well as a few principles for using them effectively.

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    Balanced vs Unbalanced Cables

    At a glance, they look the same, and they both fit into the same holes.. but, there's an important difference. Learn everything you need to know (apart from the math/physics underpinning it), in this video.

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    What would you do if someone stole your gear? Or maybe there was a fire? You probably haven't thought about it (most people haven't). And even if you have, there's a good chance you aren't actually covered.. Let me explain.

Product Overview

Adam Pollard aka Multiplier presents an in-depth video series for those just getting into making music and the endless options for studio gear. Save endless hours of research trying to find answers to the most basic questions, when setting up your first studio and all the gear that goes with it!

Adam begins by welcoming you and then tackles the not so easy question of "What do you need to make music?". He then hits the floor running and covers MIDI Controllers, Audio Interfaces, using a Sub Speaker, Open vs Closed Back Headphones, External Metering and how to customize your recording gear.

Next you'll explore topics like how to Protect & Transport Your Gear, Keeping Your Setup Simple and Why, the differences between Balanced and Unbalanced Cables, should you really treat your room with Acoustical Material, is gear insurance a good idea and how much, buying what you love for inspiration and much much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you want to get started making music and have no idea what's involved, or the type of gear you should invest in, this series will save you countless time and frustration… Watch “Beginner's Guide to Music Production Hardware” today.

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Beginner's Guide to Music Production Hardware is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GREAT LOVE IT GREAT STUFF
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Yeesh. Video quality is pretty good. Editing is choppy, which seems to be an intentional stylistic element. Audio is good. Host seems knowledgeable. But the rambling presentation style quickly moves from distracting to downright obnoxious. There's probably some good information and training here; too bad it has to be so painstakingly filtered out of the oovy-groovy stream of consciousness delivery. This scatter-shoot ramble style is a time waster, and makes the information that's supposed to be the subject here unnecessarily difficult to put together in a useful way.
Date published: 2020-12-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Basic, but very useful Like the style and approach of Multiplier
Date published: 2020-11-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a nice broad overview of subjects which, in many cases, are skipped over by typical introductions to the world of music production. I was surprised at how many of the questions I've had to chase down answers for were addressed by this course, often better than what I had dug up. So while sometimes a little too repetitive, and arguably at times a bit overly simplistic, I think this is a thought-provoking and very worthwhile course.
Date published: 2020-05-03
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Not very helpful. Not very helpful. Could be done in a third of the time if Adam didn't repeat every sentence tow or three times.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of info in short, easily digestible sections. Many tips that will be useful in future gear purchases. Lots of issues explored that I wouldn’t have thought of. Very helpful, especially if you’re a music hardware noob like me.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Thorough Overview of the Basics Generally speaking—Well done! I was a little surprised that the second to last video about balanced cables vs unbalanced cables did not include at least of brief depiction of a cable with a 3-pin XLR connector since these appear on most microphones. Although, I didn’t expect Adam to explain the electrical characteristics of balanced lines, I do think he should at least have shown one and tried to explain that you could have a cable with an XLR connector on the microphone-end and a TRS plug on the other end. And one more thing. I’ve noticed that in the last few tutorials, in which you can see one of his computer monitors in the background, the lighting reveals fingerprints and smudges on the monitor’s screen. I find these a little distracting. I recommend that he either clean the screens or redirect the lighting to reduce the glare on the monitor screen.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well organized. I am not a newbie, but still found that this would be an excellent start for a person starting out.
Date published: 2019-04-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Nice tutorial as always Multiplier!
Date published: 2019-04-20
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