Over the years, I’ve been trying and experimenting with various tools and software that’ll simplify my process of working. Here on this page, I have shared some of the best tools, software and services that have been a life-saver for me. I’ve categorized my recommendations into different categories for your convenience.
I use a 2016 version of MacBook Pro. I own 2 of it. Their core config is 16GB Ram 256/512 GB SSD. The 512GB SSD one is a workhorse and that’s my main system for all my music and audio production. The 256 GB SSD one is what I’m using for my marketing and other miscellaneous (non-musical) projects.
I use Cubase and Ableton DAW’s for all my music production work.
I love Ableton because I can quickly lay down ideas. And I love Cubase 10x for it’s editing capabilities for both song and background score projects.
I use a lot of hard disks for both project and sample backups. The best brand that’s worked for me is the WD. I have HDD’s ranging from 2 TB all the way up to 8TB, and they are reliable.
I do use a tower raid and a SATA HDD reader for my internal HDD’ s – which are again WD.
For headphones, I use the Beyer dynamic DT 990 Pro. This is purely for mixing and mastering purposes.
Now, when an artist comes in for recording or tracking, I pull out the Sennheiser HD206 headphones. They are rugged and are best suited for quick and short uses.
I use the KRK Rokit 5 Generation 3. They are beasts and a workhorse. When used with the right settings, they can deliver a tireless listening experience for long hours of work.
Midi Controllers / Keyboards
I own 2 keys from Arturia. The Keylab 49 and Minilab work perfectly fine. The semi-weighted analogue looking design is why I jumped in for the Keylab 49. And of course the Minilab for it’s portability.
Sound Proofing / Acoustic Treatment
If there is anything you must buy first, it is the Sonarworks Reference 4. It is a room correction hardware-software combo that’ll change the way you listen to music in your room.
I like working from my house. Right now, I work from my daughter’s room (she has a few years (12 years) to go before she can claim the room as hers until then, it’s mine). So the room that I was in was a mess, and the sound translating through all that beautiful gear was not so pleasing to the ears. That’s because my room is not treated acoustically, and not even designed to be used as a studio. It’s a music room – that’s it.
To change that, I got a few acoustic panels. I recommend using the brand MMT Accoustix. They have compact and well-designed acoustic panels/units of different sizes and shapes. I bought a few of them, pasted them strategically at all the problem spots in the room. Then tuned the room using the Sonarworks Reference 4. And the room sounds as good as any pro studio would.
Audio Tools Softwares / Plugins
There are a ton of places to source kickass plugins for your music production, mixing and mastering processes. I’ve found these places to be the best to source good reliable audio tools, plugins and other resources.
- Sudeep Audio (for India)
Backup and Storage
- Backup blaze – This is the most reliable hard disk storage solution you’ll ever find. For around $50 you can backup your entire system and all the HDD’s connected to it. And when needed, you can get an HDD couriered to you too.
- Soundcloud – for hosting my background score work, and selective soundtrack making podcasts
- Dropbox – for storing and sharing files of work and side projects.
- pCloud – I have a lifetime deal for a 2TB account of pCloud. I use this mainly for sharing with my team and for sharing client demos.
I use Namecheap as it’s the best in business. You can quickly run through thousands of options for your domain name. It is much more reliable and safe platform compared to Godaddy, Bigrock and more.
All my sites are split across different hosting platforms. Since most of them are WordPress based, I use WPXHosting’s professional WordPress Hosting Plan, Siteground’s GrowBig WordPress Hosting Plan and the EasyWP’s EasyWP Starter Managed WordPress Hosting Plan. I also use Carrd.co for some of my websites.
All of my emails are hosted on Gsuite. Since I was an early adopter of it, many of them are free for life accounts. The ones I pay for have been under the Basic Flexible Annual plan. For one of the businesses, I use Zoho email hosting service. Apart from the initial set up, Zoho’s service is pretty impressive.
I’ve been a fan of both creative and minimalists themes on ThemeForest. All of my initial sites had themes that I sourced from the WordPress Themes category on ThemeForest. Now I exclusively use Astra Theme Pro as my base theme, and build my sites with page builders like Elementor, Thrive Architect and Brizy.
I’ve off-lately trimmed down the site plugins to a bare minimum. Across my sites, you’ll find only these plugins.
- WPRocket for Website Caching
- SEOPress is undoubtedly the best SEO WordPress plugin
- Thrive Comments for Blog comments and discussion
- Thrive Quiz for setting up interactive Quiz on a few of my sites
- Thrive Apprentice that hosts a few of courses
- Convertful and Convert Box for lead capture
- Customerly and Gist for Live Chat and customer interaction.
Video and Audio Gear
These are some of the most reliable options that I’ve found after using a host of video and audio gears for live streaming, podcasting and video marketing.
Canon Mark G7X Mark II
Logitech C920 HD Pro
For writing my blogs, I use these tools and softwares. It’s a blend of simplicity and sophistication.
- Evernote is being used for capturing all my content.
- Notion is a rising productivity superstar of an app. This is where a portion of my writing is done. Getting used to the nuances of the app.
- Coda is used for designing the content schedule.
- Google Docs is where all my content is hosted and run through Grammarly.
- Canva is used for all designing purposes.
- Adobe Creative Cloud is my go-to software pack for detailing in designs.
- Adobe Rush is being currently used for editing all my vlogs and #HeyPP content.
- Camtasia and Screenflow is being used for screenshare of my music sessions, and also to make my courses.
Anchor is a service and tool to create, distribute, host, and monetize your podcast. It is where all my podcasts are currently hosted.
OBS & Ecamm are used in different settings for Live broadcast for Youtube and Facebook Streams.
BigMarker & Jet Webinar are the tools I used for webinars for my music projects and my 2 other businesses.
ConvertKit & MailerLite are the best options for list-based email marketing. All of business email marketing automation are run on these platforms
Social Media Marketing
I use Buffer, ContentStudio and Tailwind for all my social media marketing automations. They are simple in UI and do one thing, and they do it well.
Todoist is my personal task and productivity tool. It’s right on top of my favourite tools that I use.
Task & Team Management
- ClickUp is primarily used for content scheduling and project management.
- I recently shifted from the clutterfull Slack to the very mindful Twist for team task management and communication.
All Rounder App
Coda is my new favourite tool for managing all things about tasks, projects, timelines, finances and more.
I use the Gmail App and Spark App as my email clients for all my business and personal accounts.
For my meditation and mindfulness sessions, I use Calm App and occasionally use Headspace.
Music Listening Apps
I listen to streaming music and prefer the following apps, in this order
- Amazon Music
* Do note that most of the recommendations have affiliate links to them. Though it might not cost you anything, I’ll be getting a commission for recommending you the product or tool.