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What is some of the best affordable hardware and software for producing music? I just want a basic starter kit that will help me get to know the basics. I only want the absolute essentials for now.

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    Can you elaborate on what skills you have already, and what kinds of music you want to make? That would help for a recommendation. For example, if you play guitar, I wouldn't tell you to go out and buy a MIDI keyboard, or if you want to make techno music I might not tell you to get an MPC. – Aidan Miles Feb 4 '15 at 16:52
  • Look into a guy who runs the recording revolution channel on youtube (he also has a website with the same name). He has tons of great articles on this topic, as well as training on how to use it! – skids89 Feb 7 '15 at 5:49
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For software, check out DAWs like Tracktion and Reaper.

For hardware, take a look at the AudioBox USB audio interface.

If you're wanting to record MIDI and have a synthesiser that supports the interface, Yamaha UX16.

  • Hi Joel, welcome to sound.stackexchange. can you please elaborate on why Zack should use these specfic products? – Arnoud Traa Feb 5 '15 at 15:52
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    They fit OP's criteria of affordable and basic, and cover all bases; audio and MIDI recording, editing and mixing. – Joël R. Langlois Feb 6 '15 at 18:54

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