OK, anyone that knows me knows I’m a complete keyboard nerd although I have heavily streamlined my setup in recent years due to more travelling. So here’s my current list of babies and links to where you can pick up the same kit.
OK, maybe I went a little over the top with this and the smaller version would have sufficed but it’s the heart of my studio. I manage my entire career from this, not only audio and video production but photo editing, website building, marketing, distribution and more.
Yamaha P-115 Digital Piano
Have always loved Yamaha kit, their weighted keyboards have a fantastic feel and are so responsive and expressive. Picked up this lightweight piano back in 2017 and it’s been great for the studio although I will probably be switching it for a controller keyboard early next year (I need my pitch bend and mod wheels) and putting a CLP 665 in the lounge for chilled out playing and writing 🙂
This has now been replaced by the Yamaha P-125, links below.
Roland Lucina Keytar
I ruddy love keytars and this is my 3rd model (after Yamaha KX5, Roland AXIS). I love how much lighter this is than the Axis while still having full size keys. Added bonus is that I can finally go completely wireless – freedom!
Logic Pro X DAW
We each have our favourite DAW but for me it’s Logic all the way. Such a great price for an amazing piece of software, with the option to add so much more with third party plugins. I have Kontakt plus a few Waves plugins, including MAXX Volume and CLA Vocals.
Korg nanoPAD2 Controller
OK, what I really want is a full set of digital drums to bash but this has been great for tapping in drum beats while on the road. I’ll probably keep it on to use during live performances once it gets replaced in the studio.
CME Xkey 37 LE
Recently my Keyboardist website has been working alongside Hands On Music, meaning that I’ve had the chance to try out the wonderful CME Xkey. I’m really taken with the whole idea of it and will be adding one to my portable setup for sure.
Although I’m working with the Xkey 37 LE, there’s now just a bluetooth version available called Xkey AIR.
Buy at: Keyboardist
Yamaha AG06 Interface / Mixer
This little piece of kit is a great two in one mixer / audio interface that is lightweight, doesn’t take up much space and has just the right number of inputs for a small studio. Nice, clean recording signal with no latency issues.
Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro
I can wear these for hours at a time and not feel any discomfort. Perfect for doing basic mixes and nicely padded, plus I like that the cable is seperate which extends the lifetime of the headphones.
Yamaha CLP 665
On my wish list for 2019, this is just what I need for the lounge. Sometimes it’s good to get away from the computer and go to a separate space where you can just play and create without distraction.
Rode NT1-A Studio Mic
An industry standard, this is a great budget mic for a small studio setup that’s done a great job on all of the projects I’ve used it on so far. I’ll be replacing it with the USB version soon as I look at making my studio more compact.
Even though I’ve got an older machine (I love it because it matches the rest of my kit) and it’s not a Pro, this baby has never let me down. I run Mainstage for live performances and have recorded remotely using Logic. Time for an upgrade soon though, maybe a Macbook air…
Old, grubby looking kit I can’t bear to part with, including a Yamaha KX88, Yamaha KX5, Roland Axis, Yamaha TG500, Yamaha TG55, Korg 05RW and Digitech Vocalist II.