Tools & Resources for Musicians & Illustrators. 

The tools you need to grow your creativity and succeed. These are products or services I use personally or have tried and highly recommend. (Scroll to bottom for art supplies)

Microphones

Rode K2 Microphone

This is the home recording condenser mic I use myself. Its sound quality is superb. Its fantastic for its price as far as condenser studio mics go and its got a ‘surround sound’ recording feature so you can stick the mic in the middle of the room and have the band play around it and it picks everything up. Great for acoustic band YT videos on the quick and easy.

(AWESOME HOME RECORDING MIC)

 

Shure Beta 87A Microphone

This is a stage condenser mic so you can technically use it to record vocals for YouTube videos as well and still get a great result. You may need phantom power to operate this mic and its more sensitive than the other two listed BUT for jazz voices with no edge, this picks up your mid-tones like a dream. Its literally PERFECT for my voice.

(TOP OF THE RANGE MIC)

 

Shure SM58 Beta Microphone

The new ‘standard’ dynamic mic. A better version of the Shure 57. Sound is clearer, crisper and its just as sturdy as the original.

(MIDDLE OF THE RANGE MIC)

 

Shure SM58 Microphone

The original Shure microphone. Was the go-to industry mic for the last 20+ years. I still have one and its sturdy and reliable BUT the Beta 87A is sooooo much better.

(THE LOWEST IN QUALITY YOU SHOULD GO WITH MICS)

 

Home Recording Tools

Ableton Live (Intro)

I’ve tried a few DAWS and my fave is Ableton because… you can use it LIVE (hence the name).

If you’re thinking of gigging and want some electronics in your sound, use Ableton. It will make translating the electronic sound you want to the stage so much easier that hiring a synth genius. This intro verison gives you pretty much the whole platform for basic music making. You will grow out of it though if you want to get into production but its a great starting point.

 

Ableton Live (Full version)

This is Ableton’s latest verison with all the coolness. I use this myself and its awesome. Takes a bit to learn it but look in my ‘Skill Building’ section for a cool and cheap course on how to get started with Ableton.

 

Presonus Audiobox

A soundcard you’ll need for home recording. You plug your mics into this and then plug this into your computer. I’ve had my Presonus Audiobox for 15 years now and its still awesome.

 

Skill Building

Singing Training for Beginners

My Singing Academy is perfect for you if you want to learn how your voice works and how to get it to do what you want. I take you through the mechanics of developing your vocal tone and strengthening your muscles plus we do a bit of fun song break down, vocal techniques and jazz improv at the end.

 

Vocal Warm Up Exercises

My mini course Vocal Warm Up Secrets gives you 5 different length vocal warm ups ranging from a quick 5 min warm up to a full 30 minutes.

 

Songwriting Course

My songwriting course ‘Super Catchy Songs’ shows you how to come up with ideas for songs, structure them so they flow, use chords and become a knowledgeable songwriter. 

CLICK HERE TO BE NOTIFIED OF WHEN THE COURSE OPENS NEXT.

 

Ear Training: Relative Pitch

The David Lucas Burge ‘Relative Pitch Ear Training Supercourse’ works. If you’re struggling with developing your musical hearing then this course breaks down how to do it, step-by-step. It IS a committment, because the course is long but if you stick with it you’ll have super ears.

 

Ear Training: Perfect Pitch

Can you train yourself to have Perfect Pitch? David Lucas Burge believes so. If you want to gain the elusive and coveted skill, then his Perfect Pitch ear training course is the way to go.

 

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Creative Live

I’ve done so many courses here and they’re quality and affordable. My favs are:

Intro to using Ableton Live

Ableton Push Fast Start

Make Things Make Money: The Business of Illustration and Lettering

The Power of Negotiation

Advanced Content Aware and Clone Techniques in Photoshop

 

Music Notation Software

Sibelius First

If you’re sick of writing charts out by hand, then do yourself a favour and get a music notation program like Sibelius. This is the entry-level version. If you like it you can spring for the full version which costs a lot more but for basic stuf, the ‘lite’ version should be fine.

Art Supplies

Copic Markers

Super high quality, re-fillable markers that don’t streak or run out quickly. I use these for the ultra fine details in my artwork when a pencil just won’t be fine enough.

Pastel Pencils

High precision, quality Faber Castle pastel pencils. This is a nice set with quite a few colours to get you started. I like Faber Castle because they don’t get brittle and snap off which means the pencil lasts a lot longer. The pigments are also nice and strong.

Pastel Pencil Sharpener

If you’re going to use Pastels, you need a quality sharpener so you can get a fine point to work with. This Faber Castle sharpener works with the Faber Castle Pastel Pencil sizes so its perfect. All sharpeners become blunt after a while so grab a few of them. I go through a new one every month.

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