Are you a traveling music producer?
If so, this post is for you! In it, we’ll share 7 must have studio equipment while traveling. This includes everything from the best laptop to use to what kind of headphones will help keep your sanity intact during those long flights.
Follow along and let us know if you have any other must have equipment that we left off on the list. Enjoy!
Traveling Music Producer Equipment List
- Laptop (MacBook Air 13″)
- Headphones (Sennheiser HD 280Pro)
- Headphones splitter (Belkin RockStar 5-Jack)
- Compact MIDI Keyboard (Alesis V49)
- Soundcards (M-Audio Fast Track)
- Portable Hard Drives/USB Flash Drive
- Portable recorder (Zoom H4n)
1. Laptop (MacBook Air 13″)
This is at the top of our list because it’s impossible to produce music without a computer. If you’re traveling by plane, we recommend a MacBook Air 13″ over anything else simply because they are more durable and easier to carry around when compared to an iMac or PC laptop.
Not only is it a pro-looking machine, but it has the processing power needed for most music production workflows. The Macbook Air 13″ is also a good option for PC guys out there or those who just need an ultra-lightweight laptop (less than 2 lbs). Besides, almost all the producer’s backpacks have enough space to store the Air while traveling.
2. Headphones (Sennheiser HD 280Pro)
We love our Sennheiser HD 280Pro headphones. They’re comfortable, affordable and sound great! If you find your headphones falling off too often or not staying in place while wearing them then we recommend getting the Audio-Technica ATH-M40X which are very similar but include an adjustable headband which makes them a much better fit for most people.
3. Headphones Splitter (Belkin RockStar 5-Jack)
When working with a partner or producer over Skype, it’s often hard to share the same experience together if one person is listening alone in their headphones. We recommend getting a headphone splitter that will let you both listen at once!
This allows you to hear your mix together as well as have that satisfying feeling of hearing yourself on speakers (even though it’s just coming from your headphones). We recommend Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Multi Headphone Audio Splitter for its small, easy-to-use size.
4. Compact MIDI Keyboard (Alesis V49)
This is one of the must have studio equipment for travel producers that really helps save space! We highly recommend getting a 49 key compact keyboard over something like an 88 key model or an ultra-portable 25 key mini-keyboard.
The smaller size allows you to easily fit your controller into a carry-on and still have enough keys to work with! We also love the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32. It’s very small and lightweight but can easily be powered by USB (if you’re not using it as a midi controller). If you’re looking for some extra value, check out the Akai MPK261 featuring semi-weighted keys.
5. Soundcards (M-Audio Fast Track)
While there aren’t any great compact soundcards out there, we recommend checking out the M-Audio Fast Track. We love the fact that it’s super small and is a true USB interface. It also features 1/4” TRS ins and outs as well as S/PDIF and ADAT optical inputs and outputs.
A simple tip: In order to make your life easier, simply use this device only as a USB interface and always have it plugged into your laptop before you startup. It will act just like another drive where all of your virtual instruments are located!
6. Portable Hard Drives/USB Flash Drive
With many of the recording accessories, a hard drive is required. While they don’t have to be big, this is one of those must-have studio equipment items that will save you tons of space if you opt for an external hard drive (as opposed to purchasing multiple additional USB flash drives). The Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive is very portable so it’s easy to slip into your pocket or purse while traveling!
7. Portable recorder (Zoom H4n)
Depending on your budget, there are a few great options for compact portable recorders that would be perfect when traveling. Although the Zoom H4n Pro can fit into some pockets, it’s not exactly comfortable to walk around with and is one of the most common recorders used by professionals today so it will definitely get you noticed!
If you’re looking for something more affordable and pocketable then we highly recommend checking out the Tascam DR-05. The preamps sound very nice and it has all of the features found in larger models that also include built-in microphones (like Rode smartLav+).
Last Few words..
Thanks for checking out our must-have travel producer equipment article. We hope you enjoyed learning about the gear we use and recommend. If you think there are any other items that we missed, feel free to leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.
I am John, an outdoor gear staff expertise with tons of practical knowledge. My favorite hobby is moving around the world and adventurous in all the parts of the earth. I have been a worldwide traveler for over 10 years now with no sign of slowing down. I’m happily espoused and residing with my kids in California.