Are you wondering how to start making electronic music fast? Well, you came to the right place. Here are 3 ways to make music producing easier for yourself.

1. Start with samples: Subscribe to Splice.

Everything you really need to write electronic music is in one place, and it’s called Splice.

I recommend starting out with Splice if you are new to producing. If you haven’t gotten Splice and you have been producing for years, get it. Seriously, it’s awesome. If I was using Splice when I first started producing, I would have found the sounds I was looking for so much faster. Ah, my life would have been so much easier. Instead of scouring the internet for expensive sound packs or incomplete free sample packs, try doing a monthly subscription to splice. It’s about as much as a large coffee. Ever since I started using splice, I make songs a lot faster. It’s also way easier to get started with a new idea! Splice is not only equipped with sample packs. They also have midi packs and sound presents. Finally, they even offer “rent to own” VST plugins for you to try and buy, making them a “one-stop-shop” for electronic music producers.

If you use samples, it will save you from having to worry about creating new ideas. For a lot of us, this is the hardest part. Not everyone is naturally gifted at playing music, and even if you are, samples can help you save valuable time. It’s good to make music with a little help from our friends sometimes, and there are tons of samples out there to use when starting a bit.

2. Buy an audio interface and get a cool synth to play with.

Alternative: Splurge on a VST synth like Massive or Serum (available through small monthly payments on Splice).

One of the most fun parts of producing music is using an analog synthesizer. Don’t get me wrong, VST synths are pretty much just as fun, but there is value in hands-on learning from trying out analog gear. There are so many options! I recommend the Novation MiniNova. It has huge power packed in and is pretty portable. I also have really enjoyed using my MicroKorgXL because it’s so straight forward and easy to use. Both of these synths have tons of classic sounds to use for electronic music production.

If you don’t have a ton of space or a ton of cash, I would recommend using the payment plan through spice to get yourself a synth like Serum. Serum is debatably one of the best synths available. And, it is probably the most popular VST used in bass music. I can’t stress enough how useful Splice is, really it is a lifesaver. The rent to own is so reasonable you can get tons of synths for a small monthly fee. In the long term, you are going to find some samples from your favourite producers on Splice and make a gnarly collection, along with the synths they have available through rent-to-own. Then you will be crushing your music production goals much easier.

3. Use a midi controller to make beats: MPK Mini/Maschine/Ableton Drum Rack

This one is a game-changer. If you have ever seen a video like this then you know how powerful this Maschine is.

If you want to have similar control of Ableton without the price of the Maschine MK3, opt-in for an MPK Mini. It may be best to learn Maschine when you are first starting out as a producer. Out of the gates, you are in learning mode. You are very excited about learning how to produce music and you have a little extra money for something fancy. If this is you, definitely try to get your hands on a Maschine. In a similar way to the first two steps, Maschine is equipped with samples and controller capabilities. It will help you shortcut some of the pains of producing everything from scratch in your DAW. I especially find Maschine useful for drumbeat creation. With hundreds of customizable drum kit libraries, you really have endless capabilities for drums. Although you will have to practice, it will open the doors to music creation in a hands-on way, similar to analog gear. Like I said above there are many alternatives to these steps, but I think these are three big steps you can take if you want to avoid some of the pains most of us experience starting out as a producer. Not to mention, these things do make the process of music production a ton of fun! I personally did not have these resources when I first started producing. When I did finally have all of these things though, it did make big difference in how EASY the process of electronic music production was. When it comes down to it, you can always keep it simple, but if you are looking to upgrade your studio power, here are a few great ideas. Use ANY samples you can find that fit your vibe. MASTER the built-in synths of your DAW. Use your computer keyboard as a MIDI CONTROLLER. There are SO MANY ways you can produce music with just a computer and a DAW if that’s all you can afford. If you can buy a little something extra, it will definitely be worth it and make your life a little bit easier and more fun.

 

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