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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject:  Making electronic music: how hard? Help! Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello,
I love electronic music, and generally am a details person. Growing up I took piano lessons for 4-5 years, and was also in band in high school. I do computer programming as a job.

I don't have any exposure to any of the hardware for making electronic music, for instance a 303, or drum machine (and only have a very basic understanding of it all). I downloaded the trial version of Reason a year ago, and felt way over my head. I own a regular piano, but not an electronic one. I have a decent computer, running Windows 7.

This weekend I downloaded the trial of MixCraft 5, and it was fun to play with, but I feel like without some sort of musical input (midi keyboard or something), I would only get frustrated with it over time.

I guess I'm looking for advice - I can see that I could really have fun doing something like this, but every time I try it out I feel completely lost, and am trying not to spend a fortune before figuring out if I like it. Is this something I should try out?

Where should I start? Is there free software that I should be playing with? How do you get more familiar with the hardware without buying it?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Making electronic music: how hard? Help! Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

welcome

MobileOak wrote:
Where should I start?


Depends on what you want Wink

Could be as simple as using a tape recorder (read: the audacity program), record sounds and compose with that ... there are a lot of free tools around for all sorts of things ...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi,

Have a play around with this:

http://www.angryoctopus.co.nz/synth13/

My 11 year old loves mucking around with it. I may have to buy the hardware version for him soon. You could probably find other free virtual stuff to experiment with.
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