Help me become a bedroom musician
October 9, 2011 5:37 AM Subscribe
I'm a professional musician, but specifically a classical musician with essentially no experience with sequencing, recording, amplification, or anything to do with electronics. Can you tell me how I become a bedroom musician?
posted by Busoni to media & arts (18 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
In addition to the violin, I play piano passably well, and know the basic chords for guitar. I used to play with a band in college, but it was mostly, "Hey, for this song, why don't use solo over this part?" type of deal.
I have some questions about equipment:
1. I'm planning on buying an iMac, the cheapest option. I figure I can upgrade the memory later if need be. The main reason I'm paying the hefty premium on the price, and not building my own, which probably would be kind of fun, is that I'm operating under the assumption that a Mac will make it easier to get started with making music without much hassle. Is this a correct assumption?
2. What kind of (musical) keyboard should I get? I assume I'll need one. Is there some kind of threshold, in your experience, where having less than this number of keys makes it a hassle to work with?
3. Should I buy Logic Express right away, or should I see what GarageBand is like first? (The reason I ask is that a friend can pick up a copy for slightly cheaper while he's in the US this week. I'm going to the US myself in December, so I could do it then as well.) Or do I try some other software?
And beyond this, anything else you want to tell me? Where to begin once I get my stuff? What to read? What sites or videos to check out? What to think about? I'm not set on a particular genre, at this point I just want to see what else is out there and try my hand at something different. Thanks.