What do I need to create dance-rock on a Mac/iPad in 2011?
October 13, 2011 2:45 PM Subscribe
Bring me up to date on modern music creation on a Mac and/or iPad?
posted by buckaroo_benzai to media & arts (10 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't used music software on a Mac in over a decade (Mac OS 9!).
Right now I have a MacBook Pro (2010), an iPad 2, an iPhone 4S, and an M-Audio Keystation 61es (with the iPad USB adapter on order). Some stuff I already bought for the iPad is Korg's iMS-20 and iElectribe apps. My roommate whom I will be collaborating with has a few guitars and mics.
Mostly I want to create dance-rock type music (think influences from Cut Copy, The xX, Miike Snow, CSS, The Knife, LCD Soundsystem).
At the moment I am really interested in finding a good MIDI control surface (plenty of knobs, sliders, buttons) to interface with my Mac and iPad, plus some good software synths and samplers. Is there any software that is on par with the amazing sounds you can get from a Nord Stage/Electro/Lead?
The key is that I want stuff that is SIMPLE. Think, at most, not much more complex than a Jupiter 8. If there are too many options, knobs, menu trees, etc I'll get overwhelmed and won't use it.
Also, is Logic 9 overkill for a simple home studio? Other options?
What should I get? What websites cover this stuff? Are there any good tutorials out there? Most of what I have found seems very outdated and links to software that was last updated a few years ago.