I want to start making electronic music as a creative outlet for fun. But I have 0 knowledge or background, I just like listening to the music.

Where can I start — Any good resources or advice? Best beginner software/equipment (not too expensive & good to learn)?

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Depending on how "committed" you want to be I'd suggest getting Ableton Lite (I think it's free now) and also buying a midi controller like Arturio minilab mkII or Novation launchkey 25.

Those are only around $100 and personally i find having the tactile aspect of keys and pads significantly more engaging than purely programming the music in a DAW. Definitely worthwhile even if you have 0 experience with piano or music because it makes the experience more fun imo.

As for tutorials Youtube is a great free option. Udemy also has solid courses for cheap with generally a bit more structure.


Also ableton allows upgrades to its more premium versions if you find yourself wanting more

Not sure what type of music you’re interested in making, but here are my best recommendations: Two general paths to take to get started are 1.’ in the box’ (software based) and 2. ‘out of the box’ (a collection of instruments and devices that you can string together.) they’re not exclusive but offer a potential starting point.

If you take the first path, I’d start with a DAW(digital audio workstation) that allows you to use software synths as well as recording / controlling external sources. Ableton Live is a very common app right now.
To use in conjunction with that, you’ll need an interface of some kind and a controller. These two can be the same device like Ableton Push.

If you go with the out of the box approach, you can find a ton of sampler/sequencer/ synth options. To get started, something simple like a Groovebox or Sampler (Roland SP 404 or MC series) offers you a single unit to learn first and get the feel first.

YouTube links galore, like anything else in the world. You get a sense of demos, sounds, definitions between key devices & functions (what’s a sampler, a sequencer, how they work with each other, etc.)

What sort of genres you’re into might push your direction a bit more. Also- how much actual musical structure (chords, keys, notes) you’re interested in creating with - vs more percussive / sample based.

DM if I can help and have fun!


Start with GarageBand and watch tutorials on YouTube. Then maybe upgrade to logic pro and build a home studio for fun

^this. Many hits on the radio have been made with Logic.

Reaper as a DAW and a basic Midi keyboard.

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