While choosing a controller/MIDI-keyboard it is recommended to pay attention not to the brand but to the number of octaves it is capable of processing. As practice shows, 2-3 octaves are sufficient unless you write complicated pianoforte scores. As for specific types of controllers, we recommend CME Xkey 37 or M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 II.
The right choice of studio monitors is essential for a sound engineer. In fact, this question is worth covering in a separate article, but we will focus on active short-range field monitors like KRK ROKIT RP5G2. Also, high-sensitivity Yamaha HS5 monitors are recommended as they possess excellent dynamic features.
· Monitor headphones
It is important to realize that our ears (and we ourselves) tend to get used to sounds, which is unacceptable. That is why it is necessary to have two monitor lines when writing music. Among monitor headphones available we especially recommend Sony MDR-7506 and Audio-Technica ATH-M50X. Why? Because these are the best monitor headphones at a reasonable price.
Everything depends on the purpose. And there are plenty of variants! We will focus on the most popular vocal microphones with legendary dynamic Shure SM58 on top of our list. It still remains the best microphone in its price range. As for budget-friendly condenser microphones, Rode NT1-A can be recommended as one of the best low-noise studio condenser microphones. Due to its characteristics that can be found only in some expensive microphones – "warm" sound, high dynamic range, clarity, and ability to cope with high levels of volume pressure, NT1-A has become an industry standard.
Besides, you will need installation hardware, stands, wiring etc. Everything depends on your goals and opportunities.
We do hope that you have found valuable information in this article that will help you create a high-quality home-based recording studio at reasonable cost!