Hi all. Well, it's the time of year where New Years resolutions are in order, so one of mine is to follow a dream of learning how to make music. I'm in my late 30s and have no illusions of fame and fortune, I am just feeling an instinct that creating music would be theraputic and fun, and I need some changes in the direction of my life. I can hear the music in my head and have often thought "Damn I wish I knew how to reproduce those sounds".
I have loved electronic music all my life, so this seems like a good place to begin. I don't have any ability when it comes to playing any musical instruments, but I am very interested in the sound editing and arrangement.
I like breakbeat, glitchy acid stuff, downtempo, ambient, hard techno and house, but I would eventually like to be not just limited to electronic music.
This board has usually been helpful in the past, so I thought I'd come here and ask for any advice for beginners on easy to use/inexpensive software/gear.
Here's what I have to work with so far.
Myself and my partner were given a M-Audio Axiom 25 keyboard for Xmas (I have never used a midi keyboard before) , and I have a G4 Mac with Garage Band (which I have a few days worth of experience with) and I have messed around in the past with creating drag 'n' drop Soundtrack songs. I liked using Soundtrack, but creating music based entirely around using other people's loops just isn't satisfying enough. Creating my own loops would be what I'd want to do.
I've seen a few Youtube tutorials that talk about using iDrum in creating their own drum loops (which seems like an ideal place to start), and it seems easy to use to me. Does anyone here have experience using this Idrum, is it shit, is it good for beginners, is there anything better that's not too daunting?
I am on a shoestring budget.
Thanks for getting through this long post, and I welcome any tips and advice from the experienced.
-Future music producer