Required Equipment

The equipment requirements below include several choices. If you have questions, please feel

free to contact Instructor Travis Calvin at the DMI with questions related to the choices below BEFORE you make your final purchases.

Computer:

OPTION 1

13-inch Apple MacBook Pro (Apple M2 chip with 8‑core CPU)

(Recommended Computer Technical Specifications):

  • Display: 13-inch Retina display
  • Processor: Apple M2
  • Memory: 8GB Unified memory or greater (16GB or greater if AET)
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD or greater (512 GB SSD or greater if AET

13-inch retina display or greater Dual-core Intel Core i5 or greater

8 GB or greater (if AET, select 16 GB or greater) 256 GB or greater ( if AET, select 512 GB or greater)

The current standard connections on new 13” MacBook Pro laptops include two (2) Thunderbolt  connections and one (1) 3.5 mm headphone jack.

OPTION 2 (Better Choice)

14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (Apple M2 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU)

  • Display: 14-inch Retina display
  • Processor: Apple M2 Pro
  • Memory: 16GB Unified memory (standard configuration)
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD or greater (standard configuration)
  • Additional Features: Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, MagSafe charger, 3.5mm headphone jack, and SDXC card slot
  • Students are less likely to need additional dongles.

Software: Pro Tools Ultimate

Stereo Headphones:

Students may use any number of stereo headphones for work in the DMI studios/labs and at

home. However, please note the following recommended models for your use as you move into

the advanced audio production courses.

(Organized by price low to high)

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M40
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50
  • Shure SRH 440
  • Sony MDR-7506
  • Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
  • Sennheiser HD 600

Suggested Additional Equipment:

  • Audio interface (for AET students; a limited number of interfaces available for checkout
  • to EIE students)
  • PreSonus AudioBox USB 96
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
  • Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD

Keyboard Controller:

(DMI has MIDI keyboards available for student use in the DMI building) Depending upon your needs and keyboard skills, you may wish to review the following models which may be purchased at various music retailers or online sources:

  • M-Audio Oxygen 8v2
  • M-Audio Axiom 25-, 49- or 61-keys
  • Novation Launchkey Controller 25-, 49-, or 61- keys