Music production

Enjoy samples of my work, a list of submissions to various music challenges and contests, and learn about my gear and plugins that I use.


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Orchestral, cinematic, and instrumental

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Gear and sounds

Akai MPK Mini mk3, M-Audio Keystation 49, and Akai MIDImix

My current setup primarily consists of:

  • Ableton Live as my main working environment.
  • I don’t have a dedicated studio, and often compose at night, so I use a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones.
  • Akai MPK Mini mk3: A gift from my wife for my 33rd birthday that kicked off my music production journey. This is a nice, compact MIDI keyboard, great for writing melodies and making beats.
  • M-Audio Keystation 49: My space for playing is a bit limited, so I wanted something with a wider range than the MPK Mini that’s still small enough to fit on a desk.
  • Akai MIDImix: A MIDI control surface with a good amount of knobs and sliders. Typically you’d use this to control your DAW, but I wanted a way to make it easier to adjust parameters of virtual synths.
  • Arturia’s V Collection: You’d have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to get all of the original synths, if you could get your hands on them at all. I have some cheaper and free synths as well, but I like that Arturia recreates the original circuits instead of just using samples, and in some cases they even get the original creators involved. I also recommend watching these detailed overviews of some of Arturia’s instruments.
  • Instruments and effects from Output.
  • Unique and free instruments from Pianobook.
  • And Splice is my go-to place for samples and loops.

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