1 Sonarworks Reference 4 Headphones Edition
Poor acoustics are often the reason you struggle with muddy mixdowns, and your headphones are part of the problem. This software reverses the EQ curve that manufacturers add to their cans, so you’ll finally be able to hear a flat and truthful representation of your tracks.
£90, buy here.
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2 Røde i-XY
You need to be ready for when inspiration strikes. If you want to capture that killer vocal idea or record found sounds for sampling but you haven’t got an expensive mic to hand, this clips straight on to your phone ensuring you’re never without a studio-quality recording device.
£135, buy here.
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3 MeeBlip Cubit Go
If you’ve a handful of hardware midi machines from your DAW but the latency is driving you nuts, try this bargain-priced USB interface that takes one midi signal in and splits it to four, letting you get tighter clock signals to your midi devices. Pre-order now for free worldwide shipping.
4 ISO monitor stands
There’s no point shelling out for expensive monitors if they’re channelling vibrations through your desk or stands. Sitting them on these is the next best thing to inventing a magic levitation device as the design eliminates energy transfer leading to tighter bass and uncoloured sound.
£89, buy here.
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5 Samson S-Patch Plus
So your small family of synths has now grown to include effects boxes and that synth you borrowed from a mate? This flexible patch bay will sort out your cable madness, allow you to get creative with instrument patching and plug in your mate’s iPhone when they pop by to play a tune.
£135, buy here.
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