What Software & Hardware Do I Use?

What Software & Hardware Do I Use?

I’ve had quite a few emails lately with people asking me about the software/hardware I use and if I have any recommendations so I thought it would be a good idea to show you my setup and the equipment I use.

The Setup

Ryan Davies - studio layout - www.ryan-davies.co.uk

Above you can see my humble set-up, I prefer using a laptop as not only does it allow me to make music on the move, it also allows me to demo projects to clients without having to rely on their equipment or software.
I have a Novation Nocturn, M-Audio Oxygen 8 Keyboard and an M-box all connected to my laptop via USB. M-Audio BX8a monitors are connected to the Mbox using XLR to Jack leads, however when I’m on the move I rely on my trusty Sennheiser HD215 headphones.


  • M-Audio Oxygen8 V2 MIDI Controller Keyboard
  • Novation Nocturn MIDI Controller (this uses python script for ableton live to give more indepth contol parameters)
  • M-Audio BX8a Active Monitors
  • Sennheiser HD215 Headphones
  • DigiDesign Mbox 2
  • Custom-build Laptop from PC Specialist.


  • Windows Vista Home
  • Pro Tools 8
  • Ableton Live 8
  • Reason 4

Synths, Samplers, ROMplers, Effects Etc.

  • Absynth 5
  • Battery 3
  • Evolve Mutations 1 & 2
  • FM8
  • Guitar Combos
  • Guitar Rig 4 Pro
  • Kore Electro
  • Massive
  • Reaktor 5  (I have a programmed a couple of custom synths that I use for Lo-fi/retro sounds)
  • Synapse Audio Plucked String
  • Mini Grand
  • True Strike – Tension
  • Hybrid
  • Effectrix
  • Junglist
  • Rhino CM
  • AvatarST Basic
    + Various other instruments and effects

Guitars, Basses Etc

  • Amp – Marshall MG30dfx
  • Guitar – Ibanexz RGR421 + Plus Various others (including acoustics and bass)
  • Digitech RP14 Valve FX Processor
  • Behringer V-Amp
  • Zoom 505
  • Digitech RP50
Ryan Davies is a Freelance Composer & Sound Designer for Video Games, Film and multimedia. If you need sound or music for a project you are working on, you can find Ryan on Google+ or get in touch via Twitter (@rynde) or LinkedIn