My name is Ruud de Graaff and I’m the creator of AudioDiggers, your one stop site for all your home studio ideas, music making software reviews, synthesizer reviews and a place to help you build the best home studio experience.
My electronic music journey
About 20 years ago I discovered that many of my favorite electronic music artists are recording their music on the computer, both Mac and PC. I also learned that artists like Moby, Underworld, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and bunches of other electronic musicians make music not only with hardware synths, but also with computer software. All sounds were in the computer I used at home! I wanted to make electronic music too.
That’s when my journey began: how do they create their sounds? What software are they using, and why? What is their favorite hardware? What audio interfaces are they using and what about MIDI devices? What music production secrets do they have? Can I replicate the sounds they’re creating on pc?
At the beginning of the 2010s we had the revival of analogue hardware synths. I reviewed and bought some of them and integrated them In my music production workflow. I even created some great Deep House presets for the Novation Bass Station ii. You can find them in the Shop. The Bass Station ii is still a great analogue synthesizer for beginners, highly recommended!
So where does the name AudioDiggers come from? Well, my surname “Graaff” means digger in Dutch. Yeah, I know it’s a little bit cheesy, but I can’t help it. My father was a cheese merchant, but that’s another story.
The best music production experience at home
Through the years I learned a lot about electronic music production, the best music making software and hardware like studio monitors, headphones, microphones and audio interfaces.
My goal with this site is to share what I learn while making electronic music. Hopefully some of what I share will inspire you with ideas, products and tools for the best music production experience. I love to help you to make more informed buying decisions while building up your studio at home.
The fact that everyone can record music on their home computer, smartphone or tablet still fascinates me today. There are so many creative ways to use modern technology in your music, the possibilities are endless!