If you’re a music producer with a music production PC, you’ve no doubt spent hours in the studio making new music. It wouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve also suffered from injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and thumb tendinitis, which are related to bad grip on a basic computer mouse. In our list below, we have made several recommendations, some which include trackballs and trackpads, which might be a better style for you. Here is the best mouse for music production:
Top 7 Picks Mouse for Music Production
Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse
The MX Master 3 from Logitech is one of the most pleasant experiences when it comes to using a mouse. The MX Master 3, available in Graphite and Mid Grey, is my personal mouse of choice in the music studio. With the additional buttons, which can be customized according to app, you will feel more productive in your DAW software too. It fits great in your hand, making it comfortable for extended use. It’s got an internal Lithium-ion battery which can be easily charged with a USB cable. It also can sync to 3 devices at once, which is nifty.
Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball
A similar model to the mouse above, but with the inclusion of a trackball, the Logitech MX Ergo will change the way you work and improve your efficiency while decreasing muscle strain as much as 20% There’s not much to fault about the MX Ergo – besides for the fact that it can be used by right-hand users only. Sorry left-handers!
Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse
For a third of the price, Logitech M570 is an incredibly comfortable and affordable mouse which also includes a trackball, something which many music producers have opted for in their music studio. It saves a ton of space and will improve wrist comfort. After getting used to it, the M570 trackball turns out to be great for long term use in the studio. It works on both Apple Mac and Windows computers, but sculpted for right-hand users only.
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic MouseThis is another ergonomic mouse for right-handed users only, and while the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse might look like a strange round bubble, it’s actually incredibly comfortable. The shape encourages a more natural hand, wrist and forearm posture. Sadly, the USB dongle is quite large and is prone to breaking (which is why we swapped to the Logitech MX Master 3).
Microsoft Wired Ergonomic MouseThe Microsoft Ergonomic Mouse is a cheaper, wired Surface Precision Mouse that still features programmable buttons and the same comfortable design. And for more than half the price of a Precision Mouse too. This is an excellent mouse for the price and is incredibly versatile.
Kensington Expert Wireless Trackball
While it initially might seem daunting, a finger-operated trackball might be the best way for some to work in a music studio. The Kensington Expert Mouse works great for right and left-handed users. It’s wireless and can be connected via Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless dongle, and uses AA batteries. There’s also a cheaper, wired option if you don’t want to spend around $65 on this wireless version.
Apple Magic Mouse 2If you’re using a Mac Mini, Mac Pro, iMac, Macbook Pro or another Apple PC, then the Magic Mouse 2 is the obvious choice for music production. The mouse is wireless and rechargeable, has gestures and is actually quite affordable for an Apple product.
Music Production Mouse FAQ
Is a trackball better than a mouse?
It is entirely personal preference. However, most people won’t realize how much they enjoy a trackball mouse until they try it! A trackball is great in a music studio for long durations.