Composing Career Bootcamp

๐Ÿ› ๏ธย The Gear You Need to Compose Full-Time

๐ŸŽš๏ธ production Nov 07, 2023

It can often be overwhelming to see big-name film composers with massive setups and thousands of dollars worth of gear.

But here’s the good news:

You don’t need all of that to start getting paid to make music. โŒ

Here’s what my setup looked like in 2016:

I’ve got a laptop propped up on a wooden board on a dual keyboard stand, sitting in-between my Yamaha HS5 monitors (which I’ve had my whole life and am still using). Below it is a very lightweight 61-key keyboard (used that for nearly 10 years), and behind it is a $20 monitor I got on Ebay.

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Hardware Cost: $2,000

(If you go headphones instead and buy a cheaper MIDI keyboard, you could drop that down to $1,500)

In terms of software, I’ve only ever used Logic Pro ($200). And the VSTs I had totaled around $500.

๐ŸŽป Software Cost: $700

๐Ÿ’ฐ TOTAL COST: $2,700

And that’s the setup I used for years.

I’m not saying that $2,700 isn’t a sizable investment. But you probably don’t need to upgrade your gear from where it’s at now to start getting paid to compose.

Here’s why ๐Ÿ‘‡

The shift from hobbyist to professional doesn’t happen because of a fancy new VST plugin, top-of-the-line monitors, or an 88-key weighted MIDI controller.

The shift happens from what composers do when they’re not writing music. โœ…

(My Composing Career Bootcamp covers all the groundwork that happens away from composing. The 50% pre-sale launches in two weeks!)

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