Electronic music production tools?
March 20, 2005 12:08 AM Subscribe
. I'm an amateur musician who wants to start producing electronic music on my PC.
posted by gentle to media & arts (19 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm into glitchy, crunchy, clicky, organic-sounding electronic music -- think Mouse on Mars, Autechre, Sasha, Apparat, Dntel, Ellen Allien, etc., the type of grungy yet warm industrial-influenced electronica that's coming out of Europe these days. I'm not at all interested in the classic clean Casio synth sound. If anything I want to mess with and warp the sound like so much crepe paper.
I suspect that the choice of VSTi-based synthesizers is less important than the various effects processors and filters and doodads and gizmos and machines that go ping that I can use to sculpt the sound. Do these artists use tools specifically designed to mash up and clickify their stuff? In stage performances these tools seem to be available in small mysterious boxes with knobs and dials -- are there equivalent software boxes available?
I'm also interested in learning about which general-purpose production apps I should invest in. Reason, Cubase and Cakewalk seems to be the leading ones, but I'm not sure which would give me the most flexibility given the above.
Reason looks cool, but I feel I might not be in the target demographic: to me, emulating the look and feel (including rack cables!) of real-world instruments is a step backwards, since a software program could produce a much better user interface; for example, the drum machine that comes with Reason has a fixed number of beat slots, just like the real thing.