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08-06-2008 12:25 PM
Don't ask to ask, don't say "HELP!" don't ask "Question..." - state your question clearly and in a concise way in the title of your topic. If you need help picking a digital piano for around $1000, ask "Which digital piano for around $1000" instead of "I'm wondering...". The former's good and gives you good answers, the latter is useless. Big load of bonus points if you've already visited a few music stores and looked at certain models, because this tells us you're not afraid to find information yourself.
I am a new member but tried using the search and couldn't really find answers to my question.
Yes. The first questions for anyone posting topics like "complete beginner" is: - show us what you already have (e.g. nothing at all, a computer, basic keyboard) - tell us what you already know (you know nothing, you play a little guitar, you DJ, etc.) - tell us what you're willing to spend - tell us which direction you want to go (e.g. playing live, sounding like artist x, how to expand studio) The first pieces of advice for complete beginners are: - MIDI is not audio, like sheet music is not a CD - one tells you what to play, but not how it sounds; the other tells you how it sounds, but not how to play it. - gear does not give a rat's ass about genre. There is no trance synth, no hiphop drum machine. The fact that certain pieces are iconic or often-used still doesn't mean much, actually. - using the same gear as your favorite artist won't give you the same results - it's going to take work. You won't find presets that exactly mimic that sound at 1.45 in an obscure b-side of some indie electronic artist only 6 people including their grandparents know about, so this means you have to make the sound yourself. - don't buy everything at once; build it up slowly so you get to know your equipment - get to know your equipment intimately; if you want to produce music at home, you have to turn into a jack of all trades. This takes dedication and study. The more you can squeeze out of your gear, the less you need to spend. - download trial/demo versions of all sequencers on the market and see if you can make a song in a week. If it feels like the software is hindering you, switch. - the software route has a high initial investment of a computer, soundcard, sequencing software, etc., but expansion is cheap - you can download several free softsynths and effects. - the hardware route can be cheap to start with (a mixer doesn't cost much, there are some really cheap synths), but expansion may be expensive. - discarding either one on basis of purity of ideology is constrained thinking, which is not interesting at all. At least consider what it can do for you. - that said, knowing how to use a computer to record music is pretty damn vital if you want to get heard. - the best route is what works for you personally - your rig should act as an extension of your brain. You should not have to think about mundane tasks.
If you are a junior member won't you necessarily ask some pretty basic questions?
If you're starting out, why spend a lot of money in the first place? There's a slew of secondhand gear that's excellent which in a lot of cases you can resell for the same or a few bucks less than you paid for it. Workstations nowadays are evolutionary - the instruments are a little bit better, a little more realistic, but there's no ridiculously huge leaps being made (as for now, that is). Buying a model of the previous generation is in a lot of cases very economical.
there are new synths and work stations released all the time and an up to date answer is better before spending a lot of money on the wrong keyboard? Thanks.
08-06-2008 01:31 PM
- MIDI is not audio, like sheet music is not a CD - one tells you what to play, but not how it sounds; the other tells you how it sounds, but not how to play it.
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