Equipment Tour

Many of you ask me what all equipment I use for the work I do. I hope this will clear things out.

1. Laptop

When I started producing music in 8th grade, in 2009, I used this laptop.

Dell Studio 1555 (early 2009)
Dell Studio 1555 (early 2009)

It was pretty great. I’d custom ordered it with a FullHD screen, backlit keyboard, 500GB hard-disk, 4GB ram and a 2.4GHz Core2Duo processor. I used it for quite a while until 2013, when I took my sister’s Dell Inspiron 14, since the Studio 1555 was getting way too slow and sluggish for my use.

The Better Side EP and It’s The Time were both recorded on the Dell Studio 1555. It’s The Time was recorded half on the Studio 1555 and half on the Inspiron. Final mixing and mastering was done on the Inspiron.

When I joined college in August 2014, my college gave us all an HP ProBook 440 G2.

HP ProBook 440 G2
HP ProBook 440 G2 (mid-2014)

It was a pretty good laptop too and it still is, for a college laptop. I upgraded its RAM to 8GB from the stock 4GB and I was able to make a lot of videos with it. In fact, it was the laptop I started making videos properly with. The only thing lacking in the laptop was a decent screen and trackpad. It was alright, performance wise. I also installed Mac OS on it and used that for a month before I bought my MacBook Pro. Keep in mind, that all my videos are edited in 720p and the laptop was able to handle that okay-ish.

Recently, I purchased a base-model MacBook Pro 15″, mid-2014.

MacBook Pro 15
MacBook Pro 15″ (mid-2014)

I’ve edited my Delhi Vlog and Darjeeling Vlog on it so far. It runs GREAT. It’s my first MacBook and I don’t think I can go back to using a Windows laptop now. I love the trackpad of it, specially, and I don’t even need a mouse any more to edit videos and make music. GarageBand serves my purpose for recording right now too.

Buy it here: MacBook Pro 15″ mid-2014

2. Accessories

External Display

A lot of times while editing videos, I found the laptop screen to be way too small. This was when I was using the college-given HP ProBook. The screen was lacklustre, and also very small. So I invested in an external display.

Dell S2240L 21.5
Dell S2240L 21.5″ Full HD Monitor

This monitor is really, REALLY great for its price. It has an IPS panel, with wide viewing angles and great color reproduction. It isn’t washed out like the screen on the college HP laptop. It’s really an indispensable tool for me, having extra space to place my windows on.

I can keep the main video on the display and do the editing on the laptop screen
I can keep the main video on the display and do the editing on the laptop screen.

Buy it here: Dell S2240L

Headphones

Back home I have a pair of nice studio monitors but in college I don’t have anything to listen to good quality and flat audio on. So I went ahead and purchased a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50x studio headphones and it’s been the best decision I’ve made till now, as far as personal audio is concerned. I can’t really say anything else about them other than that they’re ABSOLUTELY worth the money you pay for them. If I lost them, I’d probably save up for another pair. I can’t go back now.

ATH-M50x
ATH-M50x

Buy them here: Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Speakers

The sides of my workspace are occupied by a pair of M-Audio BX5 D2 studio monitors for all of my mixing and mastering. And also a lot of listening. I’ve written a review of them here.

M-Audio BX5 D2
M-Audio BX5 D2

Buy them here: M-AUDIO BX5 D2 Studio Monitors

Storage

These are the hard-drives storing my data. A pair of Western Digital 1TB drives.

WD Elements and WD My Passport Ultra
WD Elements and WD My Passport Ultra

They’ve been fairly reliable so far.

Buy here: WD My Passport Ultra 1TB

3. Music Equipment

Guitar

Ibanez V72-ECE
Ibanez V72-ECE

My guitar is an Ibanez V72-ECE and it’s the only guitar I play. It’s 6 years old.

Interface

Zoom G2.1u
Zoom G2.1u

There was a time when I used to play the electric guitar. For that I had an effects processor, which I use now as a USB interface to connect my guitar to my computer, since it can act as one.

Buy here (updated model): Zoom G21Nu

Microphone

M Audio Producer USB
M Audio Producer USB

To record my vocals and other sounds, I have an M Audio Producer USB microphone. It’s one of the cheapest USB condenser mics available and it serves my purpose pretty well.

4. Camera Equipment

Camera

I shoot with a Nikon D5200 body. It’s a great body with really great value for money. Half the photographers I know own this camera. I also have an extra battery for it, since video recording takes a lot of juice and won’t let the camera last an entire day of travelling/shooting.

I also have a Sony HX9v point and shoot camera for when I don’t want to/can’t carry a huge DSLR with me. It was actually the first camera that I had.

Sony HX9v
Sony HX9v

Buy DSLR here: Nikon D5200

Updated Model: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Lenses

I have a 35mm f/1.8G and a 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lens. They’re really great lenses with great value for money.

The 55-200mm f/4-5.6G
The 55-200mm f/4-5.6G

Buy here:

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G

Camera Bag

A Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW backpack carries all my gear with me. It was gifted to me by my friends on my last birthday. Great bag! I love the orange colour.

Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW
Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW

It has its camera compartment on the backside of the bag, which really helps while travelling. Also it has a rain-cover for when it’s raining and you don’t want to wet your expensive equipment. That really saved my ass in Darjeeling and Kalimpong this year.

Camera compartment
Camera compartment

Buy here: Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW

So that’s pretty much it. This is all the equipment I use to make my work. However, remember that it’s not the equipment but what you do with your equipment that always matters.

Any other questions feel free to leave a comment below.

Also, if you plan on purchasing any of these things, PLEASE purchase them through the links on this post. It won’t make any difference for you, but it’ll help me out a lot. Thank you so much. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Equipment Tour

  1. About the HDD reliability: how long have you been using them for, and roughly what % capacity is used up at any given time? (Oh, and this post was over two years ago so are these still fine?)

    1. I’m still using the old ones for backups even though I’ve bought new ones as well. I’ve been using them for 3 years now almost and they’re still going good! Approx 50% used at any given time.

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