Music is one of those multifaceted pursuits that can go in any direction, but all musicians need the right tools to make their art. Whether you're a producer, a drummer, or a DJ, you're going to need a few key accessories to create exceptional music. These are the best Mac accessories for musicians that can be used for a variety of disciplines.
A pair of professional studio monitors are a necessity for creating any type of music. You need to hear what you're making, after all! KRK's Rokit G4 monitors are known for reproducing sound with pure integrity and precise detail.
Best for voice recording
This USB microphone from Apogee is amazing for recording vocals, but it can also be used for instruments. Connect it to any iOS device for instant connectivity and sound capture.
Easy instrumental recording
Connect any instrument directly to your Mac, speakers, or headphones with the Apogee Jam+. The instrument input and stereo output are simple and easy to use with a USB port.
Keys and then some
The iRig Keys is more than just a compact keyboard. It also incorporates a MIDI controller and audio interface for an all-in-one music production workstation that's portable and works directly with Mac computers.
A pair of wired studio headphones is a must, especially if you're working on editing and production. These closed over-ear headphones by beyerdynamic reproduce high-resolution sound in a comfortable package that's easy to wear for hours at a time.
Need to add some background beats, percussion, and electric grooves to your jams? The iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller is a versatile controller that makes mixing and post-production work fun.
Best for mixing
If the DJ in you is ready to mix some grooves, you'll need a good mixing interface. The portable Traktor Kontrol Z1 is a full mixer with a range of controls like faders, effects, loops, and transport functions.
Working with music means you have some big data to move around. Make it easy and quick with a compact SSD like this little external drive from SanDisk.
All the ports
One problem with newer Macs is that every new release seems to come with fewer ports. When you need to connect multiple devices at once to your Mac, a good versatile dongle like this one from CalDigit will be a necessity.
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This list includes a lot of the gear a musician needs to set up a music studio run by Mac computers. Any of these products will plug and play easily with your Mac so you can start recording quicker. The first thing you might want to invest in is a good pair of KRK Rokit G4 Studio Monitors so you can properly appreciate the sound you're making.
If mixing or production is more your flavor, check out some of the IK Multimedia gadgets on this list, like the iRig Keys and Pads, to create a complete musical product. Combining these tools will make it easier (and fun!) to put together new beats and grooves. No matter what kind of creator you are, one or two of the best Mac accessories for musicians will make a valuable addition to your studio.
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Jaclyn Kilani is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. Jaclyn has also worked in the marketing sector for over 16 years, dabbling in a bit of everything from writing to graphic design and digital marketing. In her heart of hearts, however, she is a born writer and an avid reader who adores everything about the written word. Someday she may even churn out a book or two.
Throughout her career, Jaclyn has also developed something of an addiction to all things Apple. Her professional and personal life is enhanced by an ever-growing collection of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and even AirTags. Luckily, this expensive habit is of great use to her work at iMore, where she writes with authority on Apple products and the accessories that go with them.
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