They say that every new beginning is a hard one and music production is no exception. Most of the times you end up with too many tools available, not knowing where to start or which "toy" to use. There are tons of books and millions of hours of tutorials and tracks being released, so getting started can sometimes feel overwhelming. So when you finally get to a stage where you open on the of software's built for digitally creating music (Ableton, Fruity Loops, Logic, just to name few), you are faced with a view that will probably scare you off. In reality, making music was never as easy as it is now, so basically, all that you need is a simple starting point from a reliable source. One of the best schools for teaching electronic music production, Point Blank, has invited Australian blogger DJ Ravine to bring you the simplest entry possible. Besides Ravine, an experienced expert Saytek will also take viewers through the building process, using one of the most complete and intuitive DAW's around: Ableton Live.
In the video, Saytek, who teaches music production and live performance and Point Blank, only uses tools that are freely available to demonstrate the rudiments of making a track. He starts with the kick, which you can think of as the foundation for the kind of house track made here, using one of the aforementioned sample packs and some editing tricks to make it his own. Hi-hats and claps are added from the built-in core instruments on Ableton, as well as a bassline. From there he completes his basic loop with a synth lead, and we learn some basic elements of creating tension by dropping sections in and out of the track. To follow along or have a go yourself, all you need to do is download the free trial of Ableton Live, and download some free sounds from Point Blank to help you get started.
If you want to know more about music production or Point Blank's Music School, visit their webpage HERE.
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