The first thing you need is a computer, preferably an Apple Mac as mentioned in the previous section. This could be a laptop, but most Producers prefer to use a larger monitor with a desktop computer. In addition to the computer and DAW software, you will need a large-diaphragm condenser-microphone with the important accessories (cable, stand, pop-filter), a good set of studio reference headphones (do not use the popular consumer brands, they are not designed for music producing), studio monitor speakers, an audio-interface, MIDI controller (usually a keyboard or some pads), and a proper desk and chair.
Note that you do not need a separate mixer, as mixing is done using the software. Having an outboard mixer is not helpful as it will also degrade the signal, and most Producers don’t use them. The exception is when music is recorded analogue, usually in a full-fledged recording studio, and then converted afterwards to a digital file.
Packages for home studio recording setups start at about $800.00 and the sky is the limit in terms of what is available for purchase.
The hardware packages for producing music are very affordable, aside from the computer, which will be the most expensive component of a home recording set-up. Besides a microphone, audio-interface, MIDI controller, and monitor headphones/speakers, having a well-designed and comfortable room will enhance the production process and experience.