Building a home studio is now as simple as plugging in a few USB cords. The newest audio gear interacts directly with your computer, eliminating complicated setups and even a couple of pieces of hardware.
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The Venom keyboard doesn’t need a separate converter to connect to your computer. Instead, this synth has one inside that converts and pipes sounds directly to your music-editing software. M-Audio Venom from Avid, $600: M-Audio
The 20 onboard effects on the Kaoss Pad can combine in nearly 1,300 ways. Mix four effects–such as looping and distortion–and you can adjust each one’s speed, intensity and more on the pad’s touchscreen. Tempo detection keeps effects in time with the music. Korg Kaoss Pad Quad, $350; Korg
What’s the point of great concert footage if the sound sucks? Twin microphones on the Q3HD pocket camcorder face 60 degrees from center (the ideal angle for stereo) and record two separate soundtracks that merge with your high-def footage. Zoom Q3HD, $300; Samson
Two devices in one, MOTU’s mixer moonlights as an instrument-to-computer interface. Tethered to a computer over USB of FireWire, it converts riffs for digital editing. Untethered, it’s a standalone four-channel mixer. MOTU Audio Express, $450; MOTU
More versatile than most USB mics, the Yeti Pro retunes to grab solos or the entire band. A knob changes the capture angle to hear what’s in front, on two sides, or all around. Blue Microphones Yeti Pro, $250; Blue Microphones