An in­stant rock start rig

Write and record mu­sic or jam with a band, with mu­sic gear fit for a rock star 102017 Gib­son Les Paul Stan­dard High Per­for­mance 20Fen­der Must ang GT100 30Al esis Strike Pro 40Roli Seaboard Bl ock 50FO­cus­rite iTrack Solo Stu­dio 06i Pad Pro 12.9-inch

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Ge­orge Evett

As­pir­ing rock star Ge­orge is look­ing for a great-sound­ing, easy-to-use home record­ing rig. He’d like to join a band even­tu­ally, too, so any­thing to help him sound great on stage would be a bonus. Noth­ing ru­ins a wail­ing solo more than an out-of-tune gui­tar, but that’s no is­sue with Gib­son’s self-tun­ing axe. Built into the head­stock of ev­ery High Per­for­mance model, the G Force auto-tun­ing con­troller mea­sures fre­quency and in­structs small servo mo­tors to wind tun­ing pegs up or down un­til strings hit the cor­rect pitch. £2,699, gib­son.com

If you want clas­sic gui­tar tones but can’t stom­ach the cost of a vin­tage am­pli­fier, this 100-watt pow­er­house should be top of your list. The GT100 dig­i­tally mod­els iconic Fender amps, plac­ing decades of tone roy­alty at your fin­ger­tips. For added con­trol, down­load the Fender Tone app, dial in cus­tom sounds and load them into the amp with a tap of your touch­screen. £325, fender.com

If you plan on bash­ing out tunes at 3am, in­vest in neigh­bour-friendly electronic drums. Ale­sis’ Strike Pro kit in­cludes six pads, five cym­bals and a sturdy chrome rack, while the Strike mod­ule, com­plete with full-colour LCD screen, puts 110 kit pre­sets and more than 1,600 multi-sam­pled sounds at your dis­posal. Ready to record? Lay down beats into your record­ing soft­ware via the USB to Mac/PC con­nec­tion. £2,099, ale­sis.com

Chris Barnes

Chris is a tech-lov­ing gui­tarist with years of ex­pe­ri­ence mak­ing mu­sic. To help Ge­orge in his quest, Chris has pieced to­gether the ul­ti­mate record­ing and per­for­mance setup.

Roli’s portable Block key­board makes it easy to write cin­e­matic string ar­range­ments or funky piano loops at home or on the go. Strike, press or glide over the pres­sure-sen­si­tive sil­i­cone keys and Roli’s 5D Touch tech trans­lates your in­put into ex­pres­sive notes. Ac­cess hun­dreds of free sounds via the Roli Noise app, and pair wire­lessly with your Block to play, edit and record in­stantly. £279.95, roli.com Record­ing mu­sic was once an ex­pen­sive busi­ness. Now, with an iPad and some cheap hard­ware you can be per­former and pro­ducer. The iTrack Solo Stu­dio has an au­dio in­ter­face, a large di­aphragm CM25 con­denser mic and over-ear stu­dio head­phones – ev­ery­thing you need to record gui­tar, bass and vo­cals. The best part? Con­nect the in­ter­face to your iPad with a Light­ning ca­ble and record into Garage­band. Take that, Rick Ru­bin! £219.99, fo­cus­rite.com

Noth­ing beats the Garage­band app for mo­bile mu­sic-mak­ing, but which iPad is best for record­ing into the app? The 12.9-inch Retina dis­play iPad Pro has plenty of vis­ual real es­tate for play­ing vir­tual in­stru­ments, and the A10X Fu­sion chip han­dles pro­cess­ing. Go for the 512GB edi­tion and you’ll have plenty of space for that Ed Sheeran cov­ers al­bum you’re plan­ning. From £769, ap­ple.com

Make bet­ter­sound­ing mu­sic at home and on stage with high-tech up­grades to your rock star setup Ch ris Barnes

iPad, cam­era, ac­tion!

Once you’ve writ­ten your sum­mer smash hit, you’ll want to shoot a mu­sic video, right? Time to fire up the iPad Pro’s 4K cam­era and get cre­ative with the iMovie app

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