You know what separates your music ideas from actually manifesting and coming to life?
A solid music making software. Or better known in the industry as music production software (Digital Audio Workstation).
This is THE first step before diving into the music production world. Best part, you can get working demos of most of these softwares for free.
What In The World Is A Music Production Software?
A music production software is simply a music software that allows you create professional music.
If music is your passion than mastery of a professional music production software aka music production software will help you bring those ideas to life.
Plus the more you practice, the sooner you’ll graduate from a beginner to a pro.
Trust me, the learning curve is a year tops if you learn from the pros (People who actually know what they are talking about). Then it’s just about practicing and getting better in areas where you are weak.
The problem is most people try to figure out a music production software themselves and when they can’t find an answer to something, they get frustrated and quit. This is why a lot of people who want to become music producers fail.
Let me tell you something and it’s the absolute truth . . .
As fun and satisfying music production is, if you don’t have the proper knowledge, you will get frustrated and eventually quit.
Especially if you are more “creative” than “technical”.
Let me explain the difference real quick . . .
If you just want to make beats ASAP than you are more “creative”. If you are interested in how a certain sound is created, you are “technical”. I can’t speak for the latter but as someone who falls in the “creative” category, I hated the ‘technical’ side of music. Decay, compression, saturation, etc.
In fact, I quit music production for years and was happy just making ‘beats’ on a FL Studio app on my iPhone.
However, I felt my ‘calling’ was to learn music production properly at the very least. So I decided that instead of trying to figure stuff out on my own, I’m going to learn it from someone who knows their stuff.
I literally tried a few courses, even got random dudes on craigslist who produced and offered to pay them if they can teach me the basics and long story short, it worked.
Half decent teachers led to better teachers and soon I was being trained by people who’s music repeatedly gets featured on major labels. They helped me set up my home studio and everything.
This is when things finally started to fall into place.
Now I LOVE the technical side of music-making because I finally understand what each technical concept means. More importantly, I know how these concepts will shape the sound that I want to create. It all clicks and it all sticks.
Bottom line, I understand music making. I LOVE IT. The creative side and the technical side.
As a beginner, your job right now should be to download these different music production software (Don’t worry, almost all of them come with their own demo) and figure out which one is the one you like. Just make sure you have a desktop or a laptop to make music on. If you are DJing, you probably do have a laptop. Just use that one for now if you can.
My rule of thumb is use the same music production software that your favorite producer uses as it will motivate you to learn it faster.
This simple concept might not apply to you but definitely helped me out.
This way, you’ll have all the necessary pieces required to create professional music. So all and all, try to play with a music production software first and see if music production is really something you want to get into.
Now let’s see which music production software is right for you.
Choosing The Best music production software Software
Selecting the right music production software is a lot like deciding on what kind of wine you want to have with your dinner. No decision you make will be wrong (Contrary to what some wine connoisseurs might say), but it does help to know which wine goes best with certain foods.
In this case, it all depends on what kind of music you want to make and how your ‘workflow’ is. Workflow just means how do you like to setup things when you are producing music. It can only be determined after trying out different music production software.
I started with FL Studio, then jumped to Reason, played around with Pro Tools and then finally settled with Logic Pro.
Don’t worry, it’s a natural part of finding the best music making software for you.
Can You Afford It
music production software range from a few hundred bucks to more. A music production software is an investment meant to last you as long as a car (Maybe longer with the updates). I’ve been using my music production software for just about three years and will continue to use it (Logic Pro X). Yes when it comes to getting a music production software, you do need to spend some coin. Don’t worry, they are not that expensive.
Also keep in mind that all music production software (Almost all of them) have a demo that you can download. So feel free to use your ‘Try before you buy’ ninja skill here.
What’s Your Style
The music production software today are very similar so if you can accomplish one thing on a certain music production software, you can do the same on another. The best way is to try them all out and then stick with one that you like the most. Also, the type of music you want to make matters too.
Begin with a software that makes it FUN for you to produce music. I like Logic Pro X because I’m a visual person. Plus I’m a fan of Apple (I produce on a MacMini and a MacBook Air) so it was easy for me to learn it.
music production software Mastery Is Essential
Once you tried all the major music production software. Don’t waste your time jumping from one music production software to another.
Stick with the one you like and master it.
The better understanding you have of your music production software, the better you’ll get. With increased confidence in your own abilities, the quality of your music will rise great