Electronic music is becoming more and more popular as time passes, with artists like Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Owl City and others topping the charts. If you have ever wondered how they make this music, and how you can do it for yourself, this article will cover some of the essential tools you will need.
The first thing you will need is a computer. The computer you are using should be able to run large software and have plenty of memory for saving files. It also helps if it runs quickly, to reduce latency from any of your external instruments.
DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation. In short, this is the software you will use to design, arrange, edit, and in general produce your music. The most important thing to look for in your DAW is usability. In the words of MusicRadar, if you have a good DAW, you’ll hardly know its there. You want one that you can understand. This is not to say that you should be able to use the ins and outs of the software within minutes of turning it on, as it will take time to get used to any software, but if you have to consult a support technician every time you want to use the software, you probably need something else. Some of the top-tier DAW’s include: Ableton Live, Reason, Cubase, Logic and Pro tools.
MIDI, which stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a connection from a hardware instrument to your computer. The hardware itself is called a midi controller, or a midi instrument. This is the way you will control sounds in your DAW. The most common form of MIDI controller is standard keyboard format, however controllers are available in many other forms as well.
These are the basics. For more advanced recordings you can use external instruments such as guitars and microphones through an audio interface, and many people use synthesizers. The key to making great electronic music is practice, the same as any other music, so whatever you want to do with your production, make sure to consistantly practice.