Alright christmas is coming up, and I've been saving some money as well, all because I wanna splurge out a bit now in the christmas time on some production gear. I have an idea of what I need, but I need some help on whether they're the right things, if I should be saving for something else, what brands/models I should buy etc.. So essentially I saved 300 quid and I'm gonna get around 500-700 for the christmas time. My setup right now is pretty minimal, consisting of only a macbook pro, a midi keyboard (that will do for now), and hardly anything else. An audio interface and some monitors are definitely high on my list, so if you have any suggestions for some nice soundcards please let me know, cause I dont really know much about them. At the same time, I was seriously thinking about investing some money on a nice hardware synth (analog or digital). I produce minimal/dark dnb, and although an Access Virus TI Polar is incredible, its kind of out of my price range right now. I dont really know a lot about what makes each synth sound different, and some suggestions for some synths would be nice. I hope I'm not sounding like some kid whos just gonna throw money out, I've been giving this some thought, I'm just relatively new to production and wanna know from someone who knows more than me the right products to buy, or which things I should be aiming for to start out. Cheers! ---------- Post added at 19:08 ---------- Previous post was at 19:04 ---------- Also I heard from someone the other day that it is incredibly important to have a mixer/mixing desk because it completely changes your sound. Is it worth investing in it at these stages?