My Gear & Software Setup
Hey! Here's the gear I use! I'll only include things that I like using and would recommend to others. If you do end up buying any of these for your own setup, I've included Amazon affiliate links on all of them.
Seagull Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar
This was the first guitar I bought on my own when I was younger, and I still love it. I really like the acoustic sound for recording. Plugged in playing live, I've had some mid-frequency buildup when plugged in live, but might just be how I turn the knobs on it.
JBL 305P MK2 Monitor Speakers
These are great. But honestly - get a good pair of mixing headphones before upgrading speakers - because unless your room is well treated for sound, headphones are probably more accurate.
Akai Mini MK3 MIDI Controller
This little MIDI keyboard is my travel go-to. I have a little case for it to throw it in my backpack. The pads feel fantastic. Plus, this edition just looks cool with reverse color keys. The other editions have normal color keys.
This mic is great for live shows, and is probably all you really need for vocal recording when starting out. It's a very common, standard mic for a reason. When first starting (esp. if you do live shows and need your own mic) - this would be my choice.
Shure SM7B Microphone
My Shure SM7B is my jack-of-all-trades mic. I used to use a couple different mics for instruments and vocals, but since I got this, I literally use it for everything haha. The other benefit of it being a dynamic mic is that it can prevent some of the problems that more sensitive condenser mics have in untreated rooms / home studios.
JBL Professional LSR310S Subwoofer
This subwoofer has been immensely helpful in mixing low end of music. I got it when I moved to Stockholm and sold my car (city life), so this basically replaced my "car test" for referencing. Now my mixes translated to car even better without all the back-and-forth testing.
As I started connecting more gear to my laptop for audio recording, I ran into issues of the devices not getting enough power via USB, and other connection-related problems. I upgraded a basic USB dongle to this thing - and it's a beast.
Logic Pro X
Logic Pro X is my primary DAW. I grew up with GarageBand, already had a MacBook Pro - so this one made the most sense for me (great built-in sounds, great bussing and grouping design, and overall just very usable). Tons of other great DAWs will work just fine.
PreSonus AudioBox iTwo Audio Interface
A solid audio interface. Pretty much all the name brand ones are equally good from what I can tell. This is just the one I happened to get. Haven't had any issues with it. Two inputs (nice if I ever need to get stereo input from synths or other instruments).