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The Songwriters/Producer’s Starter Pack
If you want to make music, but don’t think you can, then this is for you. I promise you that as long as you stick with it, you will be able to do it.
I started this post as a straightforward starter’s pack, in honor of the hilarious Starter Pack meme, the newest viral trend surging through the cyber zeitgeist and making us snicker.
I was thinking about the most basic things that you need to have in your arsenal if you’re serious about getting started making real-deal radio quality music.
& you’ll find that making music can be one of the most amazing experiences you can have.
It can seriously be one of the most uplifting, exhilarating and blissful experiences in the world.
Imagine you’ve just created an awesome little groove.
It’s super catchy, like it could be the chorus of a really catchy song on the radio.
You let it play over and over, you turn your speakers up was high as they’ll go.
And no matter what kind of music it is, you bang your head and dance and strut around the room, rocking the hell out, swimming in the awesome sound that you created.
It’s utterly indescribable.
It’s as though you feel at once proud and privileged, proud because you made it, and privileged because you’re the first person to hear this amazing new music.
A Word On Musical Aptitude:
People tell me all the time the wish they could make music, these are people who love music themselves. This is what I tell them:
If you love music, then you understand music.
Musical aptitude isn’t about being able to pick up a particular instrument play like a virtuoso.It’s not about knowing chord names and scales.
Our appreciation and passion for music doesn’t require we have some kind of academic understanding of how music works
Then you know far more about it than you realize.
Why should you listen to me though?
I’ve spent countless thousands of hours learning, then writing recording and producing and arranging music. I had to teach myself, I had to make all the mistakes and learn all the lessons the hard way. That’s why I know.
& why I wanted to write this, because I wanted to encourage anyone to start making music if you ever wanted to. Because you should and you can!
You will need:
So today we’re going to talk about Computers
So, Mac or PC?
Answer: Both / Either
You may well think that you need a Mac to make music.
When I started, that’s what I thought. The older generation preaches using Macs with religious fervor.
Why? Because it used to be true when they started out, 20+ years ago.. So yes, Mac used to be the only option.
Now? Honestly PC & Mac are equals. Separate but equal. Neither one is inherently preferable. So don’t worry if you don’t have a Mac.
I started out making and producing music on a PC, because well, that’s all I had. People might tell you that you need a Mac for making music, it’s bullshit.
In fact, when I started making music and producing music 10 years ago, I was using my refurbished Dell 1330 XPS I initially got for taking notes & doing homework in college.
Believe me, I’ve made plenty of radio quality music right inside that an old refurbished 1330. It had something like 2 gigs of RAM. It’s not ideal, but it works.
Sure you could’ve fried egg on the motherboard, but it worked.
Later we’ll discuss Digital Audio Workstations.