Some info about the tools I use:

In short:

  • DAW: Image-Line FL Studio Signature Edition
  • Favorite VSTs: XferRecords Serum, XferRecords LFOTool, some Native Instruments Kontakt libraries
  • Audio-Interface: Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
  • Microphone: Røde NT1-A
  • Monitors: a pair of old Hi-Fi speakers  (only used to monitor the final mix), some custom build speakers and Sennheiser HD 598SR

DAW

FL Studio Signature Edition

by Image line
A picture showing the interface of FL Studio

I really love this software! It's such a versatile DAW and allows me to get my ideas down very quickly. It's also very customizable, as it allows for a workflow tailored to your personal preference. This means, that you can work as quickly and organized as you want.

Image-Lines own forum is also very helpful, as you can get answers to your questions there very fast. All in all I can only recommend this software if you’re just starting out and even if you are on sort of an intermediate level in terms of music production.


Favorite VSTs

Serum

by XferRecords
A picture showing the interface of Serum

This is the best soft-synth I ever used! Its sheer endless possibilities in modulating and shaping a sound the way you want is just something incredibly useful when doing some sound design.

Add high-quality oscillators to the package and you got a really nice option for synthetic sounds, which despite being synthesized breath and got warmth to them

 

LFO Tool

by XferRecords
A picture showing the interface of LFO Tool

If you know what an LFO is, you should quickly realize, how useful this plugin is. It has a total of 12 LFOs in it which can be altered any way you want. This allows for custom LFO shapes. After setting an LFO with a time synced rate you can modulate volume, filters and panning directly from the plugin.

In addition it has a ton of filter types, so even if you don't use the LFO you can still use it to add filtering effects to your audio

Useful links:

 

Kontakt 5 libraries

by Native Instruments
A picture showing the interface of Kontakt5

Kontakt 5 is my go-to when I need some sampled instrument in my track. I collected some nice libraries over the years which allow me to add some natural sounds to a song if needed.

The instruments are usually sampled with really high quality and preserved details and are superb in my opinion.

My favorites include:

  • The Grandeur
  • Studio Drummer
  • Session Guitarist Strummed Acoustic 2
  • Emotive Strings
  • Session Strings

Audio-Interface

Komplete Audio 6

by Native Instruments
A picture showing the audio interface Komplete Audio 6

Very nice audio interface. It has enough in- and outputs for me and has some nice DACs and ADCs in there for clear signal processing.

Also has a decent headphone amp and dedicated port for it in there which is nice as you can switch between monitoring with monitors and headphones very easily.

 

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