How to Get Started Making Electronic Music

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A beginner’s guide to getting started making electronic music. Learn what equipment you need, how to find inspiration, and where to get started.


Hi, welcome to our guide on how to get started making electronic music. This guide will take you through the basics of everything you need to know in order to get started making electronic music. We’ll cover the basics of electronic music production, the different types of electronic music, and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your production. So without further ado, let’s get started!

What You Need

To get started making electronic music, you will need a computer with a MIDI interface and music production software. You will also need a MIDI keyboard and some basic music theory knowledge. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience with music production software, there are plenty of tutorials online that can help you get started. In this article, we will cover everything you need to get started making electronic music.

A computer

To get started making electronic music, you’re going to need a computer. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – even an old laptop will do – but it will need to be powerful enough to run a music production program. If you don’t have a computer, or if your computer isn’t powerful enough, you can always use a borrowed one, or rent time on a powerful computer at a local music school or studio.

In addition to a computer, you’ll need a way to create and manipulate sounds. This can be done with synthesizers, drum machines, software instruments, or even just by recording and manipulating real-world sounds. If you don’t have any equipment yet, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to get started without spending any money. Check out our articles on how to get started with free software instruments and how to make your own beats for some ideas.

Music software

Making electronic music used to require expensive and hard-to-use equipment. But now, anyone with a computer can make professional-sounding music with little more than some soft ware and a MIDI keyboard.

The first thing you’ll need is a DAW, or digital audio workstation. This is the software that you’ll use to record, edit, and mix your music. There are many different options available, so it’s important to do some research to find the one that’s right for you. Some of the most popular DAWs include Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and Pro Tools.

Once you’ve selected a DAW, you’ll also need some virtual instruments. These are software programs that mimic traditional musical instruments like guitars, pianos, and drums. Many DAWs come with a selection of virtual instruments included, but there are also many third-party options available.

Finally, you’ll need a MIDI keyboard. This is an external controller that allows you to play virtual instruments on your computer. MIDI keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll need to decide what type of keys (full-size or mini), number of keys (88 or 49), and other features (like pitch and mod wheels) you want before making your purchase.

Getting Started

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own music, but don’t know where to start, then this guide is for you. We’ll go over the basics of electronic music production, and give you a few tips on getting started. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a good understanding of the basics of electronic music production, and you’ll be ready to start making your own tunes.

Choose your software

The first step in getting started with electronic music production is to choose your software. This can be a daunting task if you’re not sure where to start, but fortunately, there are a few newcomers on the market that make it easy to get started.

The two most popular choices for beginners are Apple’s Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. Both of these software packages offer a wide range of features and are relatively easy to use. If you’re not sure which one to choose, a good rule of thumb is to go with the one that offers the most features for the price.

Once you’ve chosen your software, it’s time to start exploring. Both Logic and Ableton come with a wide range of built-in sounds and instruments, so you can start experimenting right away. If you want to add more sounds to your library, there are a number of online sources that offer high-quality samples and loops for a reasonable price.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of the wealth of online tutorials and resources that are available. These can be a great way to learn new techniques and get inspired by what other producers are doing.

Learn the basics

Here are some things you will need to know to get started making electronic music.

First, you will need a computer. Any computer will do, but a laptop will be more portable and easier to take with you to shows or jam sessions with friends. You should also make sure that your computer has a good sound card. This is the piece of hardware that converts the digital audio signals into analog sound that comes out of your speakers. A good sound card will give you better sound quality and allow you to use more advanced features in your music software.

Second, you will need some music software. There are many different programs available, but some of the most popular are Ableton Live, Logic Pro, and Pro Tools. These programs will let you record and edit your music, add effects, and mix multiple tracks together. You can also use them to create beats, synth lines, and other sounds. There are many other music programs available, so experiment until you find one that you like.

Third, you will need some audio files to work with. These can be WAV or MP3 files that you create yourself or download from the internet. You can also find royalty-free loops and samples online or in commercial sample libraries. These can be helpful in getting started quickly or adding new sounds to your tracks.

Fourth, if you want to use plugins or virtual instruments in your music software, you will need a plugin host. A plugin host is a program that allows your computer to run plugins or virtual instruments. Some popular plugin hosts include Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools,Cubase, and Fruity Loops Studio.

Finally, if you want to play live shows or DJ sets, you will need some additional equipment. This includes things like controllers and sound cards designed for live performance as well as DJ mixers and turntables

Tips and Tricks

Electronic music has become increasingly popular over the last few years. If you’re interested in making your own music, there are a few things you should know before getting started. In this article, we’ll give you some tips and tricks to get started making electronic music.


The key to making great music is experimentation. The best way to learn what works is to try a lot of different things and see what sounds good to you. There isn’t a “right” way to make electronic music, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

One of the great things about electronic music is that you can use any sound as an instrument. If you can think of it, you can probably find a way to create it with the right software and hardware. There are no rules, so feel free to be creative.

If you’re not sure where to start, there are a few basic building blocks that all electronic music has in common:
-Kick drums: These provide the “thump” that serves as the foundation of most dance music.
-Snares: These provide the “snap” that gives music its rhythm.
-Hi-hats: These are used to add texture and interest to a track.
-Basslines: These give tracks their low-end energy and drive.

Get feedback

When you finish a track, it’s important to get feedback from other producers and DJs. They will be able to tell you what works and what doesn’t, and help you improve your production skills. There are many ways to get feedback, including online forums, social media groups, and in-person events.


Now that you know the basics of making electronic music, you’re ready to get started! There are a few things you’ll need to do before you can start composing your own tracks.

First, you’ll need to choose the right software for your needs. There are a variety of software programs available, each with its own unique features and capabilities. Do some research to find the software that best suits your needs and budget.

Next, you’ll need to acquire some basic equipment. At a minimum, you’ll need a computer with audio editing software and a digital audio workstation (DAW). You may also want to invest in a MIDI keyboard and other MIDI controllers to help you create and control your sounds.

Finally, take some time to familiarize yourself with the basics of sound design and synthesis. This will help you create the unique sounds that will make your tracks stand out from the rest. With a little practice, you’ll be creating professional-sounding electronic music in no time!

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