If you’ve always dreamed of creating audio tracks and you do not know how to start, now with my help, I will list everything you need to start this business:
Start with a premise, the web there is some confusion about it. So I point out that the computer is the D.A.W. (Stands for Digital Audio Workstation) and Sequencer is the software that lets you compose, edit, record, play, mix and master the track created. Then by necessity you need a keyboard (MIDI Controller), the first plea in order to interact with that recreate VST synthesizers, drum machine, groove box … etc and the second reason that you can assign some commands of your sequencer to the buttons, knobs, sliders, and keyboard pad (MIDI Controller). To finish the list of what you need to start creating music is an external sound card and studio monitors to listen to the project. These are the basic devices that you need to start producing your audio tracks, then if the passion for music will take you to higher levels you can imitate the DJ / producer who produce their music directly with the Drum-Machine, Groove -Box and modular synthesizers.
Create music with your PC or Mac has become an easy thing to handle especially for the production costs were reduced considerably and for this reason many people came to this way of making music.
With this article I will try to help you in the ideal choice and begin immediately to create music with the PC.
Meanwhile, you should know that in order to use most of the software that will list you need a fairly powerful computer (especially to prevent the use of contemporary audio files, VST PlugIn and it blocks all presenting the problem of latency) then you must purchase a external good quality sound card.
TO CREATE MUSIC THAT KIND OF COMPUTER DO I NEED?
No matterif you choosea laptoporTowerfor music production,it is importantthat they havecertain characteristics.Truly theTower isonTopfor asystemin the sense ofpowerand expandabilityD.A.W..
Your computerto usein order tocreate musicwithouttemporarilyblockswill have anInteli5 or i7processorsupported byaminimumof8 GBRAM memorywith regards toWindows.
If you want toopt fora computerApple Macplay it safebecause yousay it ismore stable andhas a hardware/softwareintegration perfect butthe purchase will besalty.
I personallywork ondedicated computerrunning Windows7and I am very well.Of courseyou can startwith yourcomputer thatyou currently own…hoping it doesn’thangbutifin the futurethe workwill progressyou will need to purchasea computerdedicatedonlyto makemusic production.
A Computer thatwill haveOS,sequencer,VSTplugins,andprogram to be able to dothe Mastering!(without an internet connection, antivirusor other software thatmayinterfere with andslow downthe workof the microprocessor.)
WHAT SEQUENCER YOU CHOOSE?
In a nutshella sequenceris software thatacts asan audio recorder(oncethis workhadthetapereels)that has the abilityto overlaydifferenttracks(audio, MIDI),which canalso be recordedone at a time,but which will beplayedallat once.In factthe appropriate definitionof the sequenceris “Multitracking“.
Now thatyou’ve takenyour computer tomake musicyou need toequipa Sequencerthat reflectsyour needs.Know thattheSequencerare similar to each other,allow you tocompose, edit, record,play, mixand burn, but not the same,someof the special featuresthatothersdo not have.Thenyou will need to choosecarefullythe Sequencerthatwillkick off themusic production.One tipI wouldgive youthe choiceof the sequencerto doyourcase is onlyonemost housessoftware offerthe potential customeraone-month trialsome eventwomonthsso it will be easyto navigate andchoosethe specific one.
The market is full offamous and lesserknownSequencer,fee andfreebut I prefer toshow youthe ones used byprofessionals.
AVID Pro Tools is the most audio software used in recording studios, a professional standard.
Pro Tools is available for Windows and Mac systems.
There are two versions, the first one is named with the initials HD which is used by recording studios with special hardware devices in the same House (AVID). The second addition to work with AVID audio devices are supported from compatible 3rd partyASIO and Core Audio interfaces, all this is possible since version 9. Its strength is its ease of use, the many integrated features of high quality and many Plug-ins available. Used a lot in post-production. If you want to try it click here for the demo.
Anotherhistorical pieceisCubasewhich at the end of the eightieswas usedon the AtariST, surehas come a longway…finding itin recording studiosand remembering thatthe sameSteinbergwas the firstsoftware companytocreateVST.
Working environment thatmay seemdifficultat first,offers many possibilitiesinways of working, along witha wide rangeof effects andvirtual instruments.
Available onWindows and Mac platforms.
Come to thePro version 9toproveyou have to downloadthe Demo.
Some time agoa MAC userto be able to producemusic hadonly twochoices:Garage thatis aentry levelsoftwareorprofessionalprogramLogic.Thenover timeothereditorsapproachedApplereleasingOSversions forthis platform.Continuing to readthis listofsequenceryou candiscover.
Logic Proarrived at version10.It is avery completesoftwarethatcombinesMIDImultitrack audiorecording.Comes standard withmanyhigh qualityvirtualinstruments and effects.If you’rean APPLE userandwant to learn more aboutLogic Proclick here.
Themost popularSequencerfor the PCisSONAR,bornfor Windows,currently on the marketwith three versions: Artist,ProfessionalandPlatinumthatshows offthe coverto the left.
Withtheselatest versionsopens to theApple world andgives you the possibility touse itevenon Mac.Her dowryisthe ease of useandthechannel strip (ProChannel)in each channelwhere you canequalizethe sounddirectly.The details of thisesteemedAudio/MIDIsequencerare amazingboth quality and quantityjust think of themanyeffects,virtual instruments, functionsfor Editing andMasteringas well as havingsupport forexternal hardware…etc.SONAR iscurrentlyamong themost completeaudioproduction softwareon the market.If you want to try thissequencerplease download theDEMO.
It’s adecidedlysoftwareof high qualityin the fieldof electronic music,and since it iscalled (LIVE)its use isintended forperformance ofDJsandnot only(as well as in the studio).Thissequencer hashad a great developmentin recent yearsfollowingthe originalbut effectivesolutionthanthe other software.WiththisLive performancecan be achievedby connectingthe MixerController,Drum machines,SynthGroove boxesand other external devicesin addition to thecharacteristic of beingevensequencer.You can use it onWindows and Macsystem,currently soldin threeversions:Intro,Standard and Suite.Ableton Live isusedby the most famousinternationalDj/Producer.Ifyou arecurious to trythe latest versionto do isvisit the website.
FL Studiois a software createdin the late90‘sthat allowed you tocreatebeats/groovesused by manymanufacturers ofelectronic music.Over timeit has becomea complete andfull ofhigh-qualitytools.Has advanced featuresfor managingaudioloopsand samples, along withrequirements andoriginal solutionsin the approach tomusic production.Can only be usedwithWindows operating systemis up for salewiththree flavors:Fruity,Producer,Signature.Forthe latest versioncan be purchasedthe full packageof pluginscalled (AllPluginsBundle).
The advantageisthatcustomers who boughtsequencermanufacturerImage Lineensuresfree upgrades(includingmajor versions)without anytime limit.
Whenin2009the parent(PropellerHead) askedhowthey couldbeadding to thesequencerand managingaudio tracksa program called(Record),at that timethe softwarehas joinedthe list ofconsiderablysequencer forprofessionals.Suitablefor electronic musicand not, used by manyDJs.
There would beother programsto createmusic tracksbutI end upheremy list ofsequencer todon’t makethehard choicethen…
WHAT KIND OFSOUND CARDSHOULD I CHOOSE?
Theexternal sound cardisthatdeviceby connecting it to your computergives yousoyou canhearsounds andcreate themifconnectedwithvarious electronic equipmentsuch as keyboards,drum machines,Synths, etc.
If you are looking touse your sound cardof your PCor Macyoudo not recommenda prioriis notperformingasthe outer oneand it has noinputs andoutputs for connectingthe various devicesyou needin your projects.All the more reasonwhyyou should choosethe outer ishaving itsDSP (digital signal processor)that isalmostall of the workit will do theDSPinstead ofyour computer’smicroprocessor.
Operation of anAUDIO interface (whenoutsidethey call it that) is simple,capturessoundsthrough specialentrances (INPUTS): itsA/D converter (analog/digital)transforms theincominganalog signalinto digital datathatthenleave the computer;digital informationisthenconverted intoelectrical signalthroughA D/A converter(digital/analog),which is thensentto the outputs(OUTPUTS)thentowardsthelistening systemwhich are usually(studio monitorsor headphones).Choosingan Audio interfaceis notdifficult …the important thing is to knowyour needs.
Let me explain,if you’re going todedicateto creatingelectronic musicsobased solely onGrooves/Loopsorvirtual instrumentsand MIDI…is clearlypointless tohave a large numberof inputs and outputs.Ifthere are large amountsof shooting as(vocals,acoustic and electricinstruments), thenthe type andnumber of inputsbecomean essential aspect.
Choosing anaudio interfaceisalso thinkingabout how toconnect itto your computer, such asa USB or FIREWIRE port.
Thesespeakers,mostlysuitable fora home studioorasmalllocal,are designedto listenclosely,to limittheacousticproblemscaused byan environmentnot suitablefor this type of activity:in practice, thenear-fieldmonitoringminimizesacousticenvironmentalinfluences(reflectionslikethe effecttable tennis,naturalreverberations…)highlightingwhen you hear the soundcoming directlyfrom the speakers.
There are two types ofcategoriesfor this typeof speakers:
PASSIVE MONITORS(needan external amplifier)
ACTIVE MONITORS (integrated amplifier in the enclosures themselves)
The choice ofstudio monitorsallmade accordingto the musicthatyou have toproduce, if you makeelectronic music,choosea monitor thathasa tweeterandwoofer,the lattermust havethe diameterby7“or8“andbeBASS REFLEX.Ifyourock, pop…etc,you need to purchase a speaker thatsoundsbetter onmedium frequencies,so opt forathree-way.
In addition tomusical keyboard,have a panelfull of buttons, knobs(knob), sliders(sliders)anddrum pad.Before you buya keyboardyou shouldquantifywhat and how manyof these controllersmight be usefulandchoosea model thatmeets your needs.Usingknobs andslidersfor example, you canadjust the volumeofeach track, changethe parameters of a real-timeVSTor whatever‘s on your mind.You can usethe buttonsPlay,Rec, Stopto play, recordorstopthe progress ofthe track on the sequencer withoutusing the mouse.The drum padsare useful for performingdrum hits,orstartofloops in real time.Soyour keyboard, in addition to playingnotes,isatruecontrol environmentandwill make you feelimmersed in yourproject andspeed upthe way you work.You will need to changeyourwork habits:beforeyou clickedordraggingsomethingwith the mouse,nowyou have to remember to do it witha specialknob, sliderorbutton,but onceyou got thathand and mapped thevarious commands, you’ll havean amazingspeedon the controls andon editingduringyour sessionson thesequencer.A reallynice convenience,then…you can’tlive without!. 😉There are4versions:
At this point,I am leftonlyto makeyoua greatwish,perhaps startingtoplay,then…bornpassion andinfuturewill becomefor youa job.Justa suggestion…make a nicesound engineerdoes not hurt…and indeedI formedis ideal.Why?Because it will be more clear…Why isexplained byan industry professional,you’ll knowwhere to put your handsright awaywithout spendinghours andhours asdoesa self-taught(thoughattimesone gets moresatisfaction).It is a nicecraftproduce music 😉 Until next time! Hello!