Our Recommendations

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Our Recommended Rigs & Gear

Keyboard

I get asked all the time about my rig... especially about what I'm running on my iPad. So here's the low-down on my rig as well as gear to consider if you are a beginner or looking to upgrade!

Metronomes

Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat

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You see this full-featured metronome in all our bass and guitar videos. Where do we begin? Tap tempo, customizable subdivisions with easy to use slider interface, multiple voices including human voice counting, midi and quarter inch cable input so you can practice with headphones in and still hear you guitar. Includes a handy drum hardware connection. It's top of the line but you'll never need another metronome.

Tama Rhythm Watch

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The RW200 is a programmable metronome with plenty of volume and easy to use dials and plenty of volume. Built specifically for drummers but a nice substitute for the DB-90 if you want to save some coin.

Pro Metronome for iPhone

App Store

If you've already got an iPhone this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Pro Metronome For Android

Google Play

If you've already got a phone, this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

My Rig

Roland RD-700sx Stage Piano

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I've used Roland products since I first started playing and this stage piano is simply great. It has an awesome feel. It's fairly lightweight compared to other 88-key keyboards and it has onboard sounds that are great for backup, should your computer happen to die. I use this in my studio as a main controller.

Korg Nano Kontrol

zZounds

For those times when I need a small hardware controller for muting sounds and such, this is a great piece of gear. It's small, easy to use, and many top keyboardists are using these days.

M-Audio Uno

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This is a great MIDI interface to use in case the keyboard you're playing on doesn't have USB out on it. I always keep it in my bag... just in case!

Native Instruments Komplete 11

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As if Keyscape, Omnisphere, and Trillian were not enough, there are times when I need different sounds, such as a great Hammond B3, accordion, or bag pipe! Enter Komplete. It's got everything.... and I do mean almost everything. "The Giant" is a fantastic Upright piano that I'll go to if I'm looking for a specific kind of sound. Vintage Organs is great for B3s. If you can't find a certain sound here, you're not looking hard enough.

Spectrasonics Keyscape

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I can't say enough about Spectrasonics. They make incredible libraries and there are not enough words to describe Keyscape. It's my go-to for anything pianos, EPs, etc. Plus it can run through Omnisphere which is AWESOME! Anytime I'm using a piano of any kind, I'm using Keyscape.

Omni TR App

Apple App Store

If you are using Omnisphere Live, then this is a must. It will completely change the way you use Omnisphere. Being able to load up to 8 individual sounds and change them at the touch of a button is fantastic. I use this everywhere I play and love it. It's a staple in my rig.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

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If there's one plugin that I use the most, it's this one. Omnisphere is AMAZING! I use it for all of my synths, arps, pads, and more. The processing capability is unparalleled and it's easy to use. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny.

4-port USB powered hub

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One thing is for certain: there aren't enough USB ports on laptops these days. This little guy will take care of that.

Spectrasonics Trillian

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Again, what can I say? Spectrasonics! If you need great bass and guitar sounds, this is the one to have, and it even works thru Omnisphere. What more can you ask for?

Apollo Twin Duo

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This is a fantastic audio interface. It's a little pricey around $800, but it's definitely worth it! The converters are clean and the user interface is easy to use.

Apple Macbook Pro

Apple

You need some power to run all these plugins and MacBook Pros are the industry standard. Plenty of speed and plenty of RAM should keep you out of lag purgatory.

Apple MainStage 3

Apple's App Store

If you are getting into the software side of playing keys, then Apple's Mainstage 3 is a great place to start. This is probably one of the most foundation 'hosts' that professional keyboardists are using today. What's great is it's only $30! And it comes loaded with great sounds and plugins right out of the box and will also run your 3rd party plugins like Omnisphere, Native Instruments, etc. I use this every time I play.

Transcend 2 TB SSD Thunderbolt drive

Amazon

These little 2 TB SSDs are fantastic and ultra fast. 2 TB is a lot of space for your libraries and, being Thunderbolt, it's going to be fast.

Ivory II pianos

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Before there was Keyscape, there was Ivory II Pianos by Synthogy. Now there will always be a debate over what piano plugin sounds the best, but in my opinion, Ivory is hard to beat. I don't use it much now that I have Keyscape, but I still hold onto it just in case. It's kind of like your first guitar... you never get rid of it!

Akai MPK mini

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Akai has always made great products, and this little guy packs a lot of punch as a featherweight. I use this mainly for programing on my desktop. If I need to do something on a plane or in a hotel room, it can fit in my Thule backpack.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61

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What's great about this controller is that it's fully integrated with Komplete. Plus, you can customize the knobs and buttons for third party plugins. The keys feel great and it makes for a great secondary controller. Bonus: it has customizable LEDs at the top of each key. Great for playing in the dark!

Nord Stage 2 EX

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It's RED! What more needs to be said? Ok, if you need more... it's a great keyboard in its own right. It's modular. Easy to use. Lightweight. And did I mention it's RED? I don't actually own one of these due to the $4500 price tag, but I am endorsed by Nord and I use this board weekly at my church. It's a great board for beginners to learn on!

Beginner Rig

Apple Macbook Pro

Apple

You need some power to run all these plugins and MacBook Pros are the industry standard. Plenty of speed and plenty of RAM should keep you out of lag purgatory.

Apple MainStage 3

Apple's App Store

If you are getting into the software side of playing keys, then Apple's Mainstage 3 is a great place to start. This is probably one of the most foundation 'hosts' that professional keyboardists are using today. What's great is it's only $30! And it comes loaded with great sounds and plugins right out of the box and will also run your 3rd party plugins like Omnisphere, Native Instruments, etc. I use this every time I play.

Akai MPK61

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This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light, which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

Hardware

4-port USB powered hub

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One thing is for certain: there aren't enough USB ports on laptops these days. This little guy will take care of that.

Akai MPK261 (secondary keyboard)

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This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

AOC Powered Monitor

Amazon

The E1659FWU 15” monitor is great because it's USB-powered. It's light and only needs 1 cable to both power it and feed the display. When you're on the road it pays to keep things lightweight.

Apollo Twin Duo

Reverb

This is a fantastic audio interface. It's a little pricey around $800, but it's definitely worth it! The converters are clean and the user interface is easy to use.

Apple Macbook Pro

Apple

You need some power to run all these plugins and MacBook Pros are the industry standard. Plenty of speed and plenty of RAM should keep you out of lag purgatory.

Transcend 2 TB SSD Thunderbolt drive

Amazon

These little 2 TB SSDs are fantastic and ultra fast. 2 TB is a lot of space for your libraries and, being Thunderbolt, it's going to be fast.

Akai MPK mini

Reverb

Akai has always made great products, and this little guy packs a lot of punch as a featherweight. I use this mainly for programing on my desktop. If I need to do something on a plane or in a hotel room, it can fit in my Thule backpack.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61

Reverb

What's great about this controller is that it's fully integrated with Komplete. Plus, you can customize the knobs and buttons for third party plugins. The keys feel great and it makes for a great secondary controller. Bonus: it has customizable LEDs at the top of each key. Great for playing in the dark!

Nord Stage 2 EX

Reverb

It's RED! What more needs to be said? Ok, if you need more... it's a great keyboard in its own right. It's modular. Easy to use. Lightweight. And did I mention it's RED? I don't actually own one of these due to the $4500 price tag, but I am endorsed by Nord and I use this board weekly at my church. It's a great board for beginners to learn on!

Roland RD-700sx Stage Piano

Reverb

I've used Roland products since I first started playing and this stage piano is simply great. It has an awesome feel. It's fairly lightweight compared to other 88-key keyboards and it has onboard sounds that are great for backup, should your computer happen to die. I use this in my studio as a main controller.

M-Audio Uno

Reverb

This is a great MIDI interface to use in case the keyboard you're playing on doesn't have USB out on it. I always keep it in my bag... just in case!

Akai MPK61

Reverb

This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light, which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

Software

Spectrasonics Trillian

Reverb

Again, what can I say? Spectrasonics! If you need great bass and guitar sounds, this is the one to have, and it even works thru Omnisphere. What more can you ask for?

Apple MainStage 3

Apple's App Store

If you are getting into the software side of playing keys, then Apple's Mainstage 3 is a great place to start. This is probably one of the most foundation 'hosts' that professional keyboardists are using today. What's great is it's only $30! And it comes loaded with great sounds and plugins right out of the box and will also run your 3rd party plugins like Omnisphere, Native Instruments, etc. I use this every time I play.

Ivory II pianos

Reverb

Before there was Keyscape, there was Ivory II Pianos by Synthogy. Now there will always be a debate over what piano plugin sounds the best, but in my opinion, Ivory is hard to beat. I don't use it much now that I have Keyscape, but I still hold onto it just in case. It's kind of like your first guitar... you never get rid of it!

Korg Nano Kontrol

zZounds

For those times when I need a small hardware controller for muting sounds and such, this is a great piece of gear. It's small, easy to use, and many top keyboardists are using these days.

Native Instruments Komplete 11

Reverb

As if Keyscape, Omnisphere, and Trillian were not enough, there are times when I need different sounds, such as a great Hammond B3, accordion, or bag pipe! Enter Komplete. It's got everything.... and I do mean almost everything. "The Giant" is a fantastic Upright piano that I'll go to if I'm looking for a specific kind of sound. Vintage Organs is great for B3s. If you can't find a certain sound here, you're not looking hard enough.

Roland Integra 7 Sound Module

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I've used Roland since I first started playing keys, and I can't say enough about them. Their sounds are great and their keyboards feel awesome. The Integra 7 sound module is a beast in its own right, but it's great to have a backup sound source in case your computer was to die. Trust me... it will happen, so have a backup plan.

Spectrasonics Keyscape

Reverb

I can't say enough about Spectrasonics. They make incredible libraries and there are not enough words to describe Keyscape. It's my go-to for anything pianos, EPs, etc. Plus it can run through Omnisphere which is AWESOME! Anytime I'm using a piano of any kind, I'm using Keyscape.

Omni TR App

Apple App Store

If you are using Omnisphere Live, then this is a must. It will completely change the way you use Omnisphere. Being able to load up to 8 individual sounds and change them at the touch of a button is fantastic. I use this everywhere I play and love it. It's a staple in my rig.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

Reverb

If there's one plugin that I use the most, it's this one. Omnisphere is AMAZING! I use it for all of my synths, arps, pads, and more. The processing capability is unparalleled and it's easy to use. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny.

Wishlist

Akai MPK261 (secondary keyboard)

Reverb

This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

AOC Powered Monitor

Amazon

The E1659FWU 15” monitor is great because it's USB-powered. It's light and only needs 1 cable to both power it and feed the display. When you're on the road it pays to keep things lightweight.

Roland Integra 7 Sound Module

Reverb

I've used Roland since I first started playing keys, and I can't say enough about them. Their sounds are great and their keyboards feel awesome. The Integra 7 sound module is a beast in its own right, but it's great to have a backup sound source in case your computer was to die. Trust me... it will happen, so have a backup plan.

Accessories

Thule Backpack

Amazon

You can, of course, roll with whatever backpack or gigbag that you want, but I've found the bags by Thule to be great. They're light, rugged, and can carry most everything I need including my laptop, iPad, cables, headphones, SSDs, etc. I don't head to a gig without it!

Mono Case Vertigo Keyboard Case (61 Key)

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This is a great hybrid case for your 61 note keyboard. It's made of shark skin. That's right: SHARK SKIN! This make is water resistant. It has a rigid skeleton on the inside with a soft exterior, making it nice and light. Plus it has backpack straps for ease of carrying. Love this case.

Vocal Training

Singing Success 360 Course

Singing Success

You've heard about Singing Success on our podcast a few times. This is a foundational course. It features nearly 30 hours of instruction and exercise that's easy to customize to your focus. The exercises create muscle memory and help you build muscle control, extend your range and develop your style. You can buy the full CD set or simply download it for a significant discount.

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