If you are an absolute beginner when it comes to making beats, then you are at the right place! In this article we will discuss some beat making equipment for beginners. Our goal is to get you up and running quickly and on your way to making fire beats.
Here is a list of what you will need as a beginner to start making beats:
- Midi Controller (Keyboard or Drum Pad)
- Audio Interface
- Studio Monitors
The computer is the heart of the whole operation. Without it, you are going to have a hard time making beats.
When it comes to computers, you have two choices: Laptops or Desktops. We have covered this topic in detail so you can check out our guide Laptops and Desktops for Music Production: The Definitive guide for more detail.
Choose a laptop if:
- You want to be able to make beats anywhere
- You plan to use this laptop for other things
- You see your self going to other people’s studios or sessions
- You don’t really care too much about processing power. You just want enough to make good music as efficiently as possible.
Choose a desktop if:
- You want a high powered machine
- You plan on customizing your computer
- You don’t really like laptops in general
- You don’t really go places that much or you always want to make music in one area.
I went with a laptop and I currently use an Apple Macbook Pro. Here are some details on it:
- Ninth-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 Processor
- Stunning 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology
- Touch Bar and Touch ID
- AMD Radeon Pro 5500M Graphics with GDDR6 memory
- Ultrafast SSD
If you are thinking about going for a desktop, here is one we recommend:
- System: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9GHz 6-Core | Intel B460 Chipset | 8GB DDR4 | 500GB PCI-E NVMe SSD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB Video Card | 1x HDMI | 1x DisplayPort
- Connectivity: 6x USB 3.1 | 2x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | 802.11AC Wi-Fi | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Keyboard and Mouse
- Special feature: Tempered Glass Side Case Panel | RGB Case Lighting | RGB 7 Colors Gaming Mouse
- 1 year parts & labor | Free lifetime tech support
Once you get your laptop or desktop, the next thing you need is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
Your DAW is the next important thing on this list.
For those that don’t know, a DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation. It’s a graphical program that allows you to create, edit and manipulate music in different ways. DAWs are extremely versatile in what they can do so sky is the limit when it comes to making beats!
The top DAWs that people to make beats are:
Personally, I recommend FL Studio. Why? Because after trying out pretty much all the DAWs on this list. I found FL Studio to be the most versatile for my style of music, which is Hip Hop, R&B, Trap and Afrobeat.
Which DAW works for me?
Even though FL Studio is my DAW of choice, yours may be different. If you are wondering which DAW you should go for, here are some tips on how to choose a great DAW for you:
- What kind of beats will I make?
- The type of music you will make will determine what will work for you. If you are in to making straight beats, FL Studio, Abelton and Maschine are your best bets.
- If you are into scoring music, Logic Pro X to me is best for this application
- Will I do other things such as mix and master music?
- If you plan on doing other things such as mixing and mastering, then FL Studio, ProTools and Logic Pro X shine here.
- Which DAW has the easiest learning curve?
- Hands down, Fl Studio, Ableton and Reason are all easy to learn.
- Which DAW has the cleanest Interface?
- Ableton and FL Studio take the cake here
Regardless, you can visit a DAWs website and download their trials and play around with them. This is the best way to find out what DAW is meant for you!
So far our list for beat making equipment for beginners is growing! Lets continue…
MIDI Controller (keyboard or drum pads)
The midi controller is next up on the list of beat making equipment for beginners.
The type of midi controller you go for matters here because it can either speed up or slow down your work flow. The man two types of midi controllers that beat makers use are:
- MIDI Keyboards
- Drum Pads
- Hybrid – Keyboards with Drum Pads on it
Having owned both, since you are starting out, I would recommend a Hybrid option: Keyboard with Drum Pads on it. An EXCELLENT one is the AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 | 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs
Here is a video of it in action:
As you can see, this is an amazing keyboard!
- Music Production and Beat Maker Essential – USB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesizer control and beat production
- Total Control of Your Production - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes
- The MPC Experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-Style MIDI beat pads with Note Repeat and Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synthesizer/DAW controls
- Complete Command of your Virtual Instruments and FX - 8 360-degree knobs assign to all your music studio plugins for mixing, tweaking synth controls and more
- 1500 plus Sounds and Everything You Need for Pro Production - Complete Music Production Starter Kit including MPC Beats, 6 Virtual Instruments and 2GB of sound content
Next up on the list is the audio interface. An audio interface is a device that connects to your computer and allows you to play music to large speakers (studio monitors) and allows you to record sounds cleanly into your computer.
An audio interface is not necessary immediately but eventually you will need one when:
- You want to play your beats out loud to larger and more powerful speakers
- You want to record guitar, bass and other instruments
- You want to record vocals
- You want to sample other sounds
An audio interface I will recommend right away is Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface.
This audio interface is powerful and it’s a great interface for beginners to beat making. It gets the job done in a cost effective way.
- Pro performance with the finest pre-amps - Achieve a brighter and a more open recording thanks to the best performing mic pre-amps the Scarlett range has ever seen. A switchable Air mode will add extra clarity to your vocals when recording with your Scarlett Solo.
- Get the perfect guitar take - There’s no need to sacrifice your tone with the high headroom instrument input when recording your guitar and basses. Capture your instruments in all their glory without any unwanted clipping or distortion thanks to our Gain Halos.
- Studio quality recordings for your music and podcasts - You can achieve professional sounding recordings with Scarlett’s high-performance converters which enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/192kHz. Your recordings will retain all of their sonic qualities so that you can sound like the artists you admire.
- Low-noise for crystal clear listening - Two low-noise balanced outputs provide clean audio playback. Hear all the details and nuances of your own track or music from Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. Plug-in your own headphones via the output for private listening in high-fidelity.
- Easy Start - It’s easier than ever to get up and running with your Scarlett with our online tool, Easy Start. Whether you’re looking to record or playback audio, we will help you get started.
As for me, I own the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and that one has been my interface for years because it allows me to easily record two sources at once.
All in all, you should go for an interface that is cost effective, has great reviews and many other people are using it.
Studio monitors are another set of beat making equipment that you should consider. I started out making beats on my headphones. Although this did work for me for a while, I eventually got studio monitors and did not regret my decision.
Studio monitors are great because it allows you to play your beats at a louder volume.
Purchasing studio monitors really changed the game for me. It allowed me to hear all the low end of my music and also the highs as well. It’s like all my beats just came to life all because I purchased some studio monitors.
Please, I urge you to get them NOW.
I use the KRK Rokit Series. These speakers are amazing and stylish to me. Here is some info on the speakers:
- 2 Pack ROKIT 7 G4 7 " Powered Near-Field Studio Monitor - AC Power Cord - KRK 3 Year Limited Warranty - 2 Pack 20' 6mm Rubber XLR Microphone Cable
- Professional grade 7" (bi-amp) studio monitor designed and engineered in the USA
- 7" matching woofer and 1" tweeter made with Kevlar
- Built-in efficient Class D power amp
- Proprietary speaker drivers built in-house from the ground up
Conclusion – Beat Making Equipment for Beginners
We went over all the beat making equipment for beginners. As you can see, all of these equipment is necessary so that you can be up and running with your beats.
Whats your favorite type of equipment from the list? Let us know in the comments.
Last update on 2021-04-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API