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Jay’s Production Setup and Recording Gear

My Production Setup

When I create my videos I have a fairly elaborate production setup to help me create the best possible content for you all. A lot of people ask about the equipment I use and what my creative process is like, so I’ve put together my list of production setups and equipment recommendations.


For microphones, I use the Rode NTG-3 Shotgun Mic for my voice and the Coles 4038 Ribbon Mic for the saxophone. My audio interface is the Universal Audio Apollo Twin and the Yamaha HS7 Studio Monitors are my monitor speakers.

For Instagram, I often record with a much more simple setup. If you’re interested to learn more about some of my various recording techniques, check out my video on “Easy Recording Setup and Tips for Saxophones,” where I review three different USB microphones that work well with mobile devices. The Shurve MV88, the Shure MV5, and the Apogee Mic+.

I consider the Apogee Mic+ to be the best USB mic for recording audio out of those three. If you’re looking for a clip on mic, the iSolo Choice Wireless Mic System by Cloud Vocal is a great compact solution for live performances.

Camera and Lighting Equipment

Nowadays, it’s becoming easier and easier to be a mobile filmmaker or content creator. With technology as advanced as it is, many people can just shoot with their smart phones. While I use my iPhone to record a lot of the videos that I post to social media, I have a more high-end camera for my lessons and courses.

I use the Canon EOS R Camera with the Canon RF 15-35mm Lens.

Lighting is sometimes overlooked when creating videos, but can make all the difference in the world to the overall quality of your image.

I mainly use the Aputure 120D II Key Light and the Aputure Light Dome Mini II.


Headphones are an essential tool for me in the practice room and while producing my audio and video content. My favorite practice earphones are the Bose SoundSport, Wireless Earbuds. My favorite recording headphones are the Sony MDR 7506 Headphones.

When I’m practicing I love using this Sax Deflector, which is great for bouncing your sound from your bell back towards you. It’s also perfect for gigs to help you hear yourself better when playing in a group.

Music and Video Production Software

When it comes to what kinds of computer software I use, I have three main ones: Final Cut, Logic, and Sibelius

Final Cut is the video editing software from Apple which runs at $299.99. However, sometimes there are free trials going on that can help you get started. It’s easy, intuitive, and user friendly. You could compare this with Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid in regards to other video editing programs.

Logic Pro is a DAW (digital audio workstation) that basically turns your computer into a recording studio.

Sibelius is the world’s largest selling music notation program. Some people prefer Finale and that’s another great option.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to recording and production equipment. It’s easy to spend a small fortune on microphones, cameras, lights, and headphones. But if you’re on a budget and just want something quick and accessible, sometimes the best piece of equipment is sitting right in your back pocket – your smartphone.

What kind of equipment do you use? Comment below what your production setup looks like.

Interested in more production and recording techniques? Check out this article on recording yourself over a backing track.

About the Author

As the founder of BetterSax.com Jay’s mission is to help developing saxophone players break away from traditional music learning methods and discover a more efficient, practical and fun way to become a Better Sax player. The BetterSax YouTube channel’s videos have been watched by millions and thousands of students have made meaningful progress on their instrument thanks to BetterSax courses.

Jay Metcalf


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  1. I teach editing on the same mobile device as you shoot with. It saves a bunch of money and has a far shallower learning curve. iMovie for IOS is a great (and free) editor to start with. LumaFusion offers almost as much sophistication as Premiere Pro or Final Cut and can be had for just $30. If you must work on Android then Kinemaster is a popular option.

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