As a lady making jams for over 10 years, it’s taken many googles, youtube watches, conversations, dj-ing workshops, courses, and concert goings to shape my tastes and knowledge of home music production. A lot of my other friends always ask me tips & advice on getting started, so here are some simple steps to begin your new hobby below.
- Ableton Live — recording, mixing, producing, live performance
→ you can download a Free Trial, but you won’t be able to save your work — I would just buy it if you want to start making music!
→ there are great resources out there for just understanding the basics of music making… here are a few topics to get you started
- computer (with speakers or external speakers or headphones) + MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) controller, yourself!
→ a program contains the sounds, the midi controller (eg a keyboard or pad controller is what controls the sounds
→ some great brands to buy from are Novation, Akai, or Native Instruments and some starter ideas of what to buy now are below
→ a good MIDI controller to get is something with keys so you know what notes you’re playing, pads (for making drum beats), and knobs (for controlling sound effects)