What tools do I need?
You won’t be an unknown figure producing music forever, but for the first 10 years of your career you will only be making money with the tools you have in front of you. You will need:
1. A music composition program.
The best way to begin with your music composing is using either Ableton Live or Logic, both of which are free and both of which are great audio production tools.
Ableton Live is the best way to begin with any type of music production, as it is so versatile and allows you to do anything from composing a simple song to building a full song from an idea to production.
The biggest downfall of Ableton Live is, of course, that it is a piecemeal program meaning you cannot edit at the level of professional producers like ProTools. It also offers limited editing tools which is an issue if you are only starting out with your own music.
Logic is more of the same when it comes to editing. You can record yourself in real time and you will be able to edit tracks from your laptop or the phone, though editing and mixing will only take you so far as you will only be able to edit one section of a song.
There are so many plug ins and effects that you should definitely consider purchasing a software instrument to help you get a deeper understanding of what you are doing.
2. A microphone.
While there is no substitute for a good microphone, it is still a necessity if you have a plan because if you do not use a microphone you will have something sound like:
A microphone with a microphone built in.
A microphone with a microphone, it’s an odd one in that your microphone has a microphone built into it, not its own. The other reason this is a good option is because you can use a microphone for recording.
Mufflers and mic’s are a great way to record yourself talking, so be sure to buy one soon if you use a microphone.
3. An external microphone.
This is a little less important right now, but as you continue in your musical career you will want to upgrade from the cheap cheap cheap mic’s you are buying at the time. We recommend using a high-end mic like a Zoom H4n or Neumann KM184, but you can also purchase an external mic for less than $20, but do so only if your budget is large enough!
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