Should I buy a Music Production Center and Make Electronic Dance Music?
February 21, 2013 9:39 AM Subscribe
I want to start making electronic music. I'm thinking about buying maybe an MPC type of device but not sure where to start. Novation Launchpad? Maschine? Any recommendations for a total, total beginner? Or should I really get a copy of Ableton and figure out if I'm truly into it first?
posted by windbox to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Would buying some actual hardware as opposed to just software be a wise purchase?
My only experience with making electronic music at all is pretty minimal - I had a copy of FL Studio like, 6 years ago, where I played with it for a few weeks tops. I was able to figure it out pretty much from scratch and made a few cheapy sounding beats with the pre-programmed stuff (never learned how to sample) so I eventually got bored, especially just staring at a screen clicking around tweaking stuff. I haven't really touched much since.
When I sit down to play a new instrument though, like a drum kit or a keyboard, I definitely feel a "rush" of excitement just getting my hands on it and messing around figuring out how to play it. I have a good ear for picking up a beat/melody on a new instrument without much training. So I'm thinking maybe I would love an actual piece of hardware like a pad of some sort to make the process more hands-on and maybe more exciting?
So I guess my question is two-fold:
1 - Is an MPC type of device right for me, given my very minimal experience with EDM production or are they strictly for vets who have mastered software like Ableton or Reason? I'd really like to just get my hands on something.
2 - If it is, what is the best "beginner" pad? I was looking at the Maschine or maybe the Maschine Mikro, but it seems like there's a lot of stuff out there and I don't know where to start.