Kanye West Studio Equipment, Bio & More

Kanye West

Kanye West Studio Equipment, Bio & More

Some hate him and some love him. No matter your stance on Kanye West, you can’t deny the man has some serious musical ability. He’s transcended into the fashion industry, dominating it with this Yeezy Season clothing line. Kanye is also married to Kim Kardashian, whether that is a good or bad thing is up to you. Coming from a rough life in Chicago, he deserves some props for creating such a successful life. Mr. West started out producing before rapping thus we’ve put together a compilation of equipment he uses. Enjoy!

Keyboards Kanye West Uses

Akai Professional MPK49

Maximize your musical ideas on-stage or in the studio with the new Akai Professional MPK49 performance controller.

The Akai MPK49 ushers in a new era for USB/MIDI controllers by combining a high-quality, 49-key, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch and 12 genuine MPC drum pads. 48 total pads are accessible via 4 pad banks. The pads feature the heart and soul of hip hop: the MPC Note Repeat function and Swing parameters.

The Akai MPK49 Performance Controller also has its own arpeggiator, for creating quick, creative riffs in seconds.


  • 49-key, 12-pad, 8-fader, 8-knob USB MIDI keyboard controller delivers groove-infused command over computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 49 full-size, semi-weighted keys with aftertouch deliver amazing performance note after note
  • 12 genuine MPC pads for legendary percussion programming capability
  • 8 full-sized sliders with 3 controller banks for each for 24 sliders total; tweak, mix and adjust any MIDI assignable paramter to your hearts contentMMC/MIDI transport controls keep you in command of your DAW without having to touch the computer mouse
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC; no driver installation required. Perfect for Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc
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Drum Machines Kanye West Uses

Akai Professional MPC

Akai Professional listened to four years of user feedback to take the best-selling MPC Studio and find a way to improve it.

MPC Studio Black is still small, sturdy, and covered in features: 16 Genuine MPC pads and 4 Q-Link control knobs with MPC Note Repeat, Full Level, and 16 Level for inspirational workflow.

But now it has improved knobs, scroll wheel, and the MPC Renaissance’s spun aluminum data dial, so it will hold up even longer and give you a better feel during your performances.


  • Best-selling MPC Studio upgraded to look and feel even better
  • 1.5″ profile, less than 2 lbs., and USB-power provide sleek digital music production anywhere you can take your laptop
  • Larger knobs, scroll wheel, and MPC Renaissance-style aluminum dial for improved tactile experience
  • 16 genuine MPC drum pads and 4 control knobs with all the dedicated buttons of classic MPC line
  • 7+ GB of sounds included for inspired-production out of the box
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Studio Monitors Kanye West Uses

Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor

Beginning with the legendary NS-10M, and continuing with the MSP and previous HS Series, this new lineup shares a design philosophy that emphasizes sonic purity without any coloring or alternation of the original sound. While many manufacturers seek to enhance the sound of their monitors to make them sound impressive, Yamaha studio monitors are designed to achieve the best possible mix by ensuring that the sound from your speakers is true to the original.


  • 8inch cone woofer and 1inch dome tweeter
  • 38Hz – 30kHz frequency response
  • 75W LF plus 45W HF bi-amp system 120W total
  • ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM response controls
  • XLR and TRS phone jack inputs
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