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How To Use Music Making Software To Create Dance Music

Making beats has never been easier; with a Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), anyone can learn how to use music making software to create dance music. It only requires a few things.

Desktop Computer or Laptop – Music files take up quite a bit of space therefore a hard drive with a minimum of 120 Gigabytes is recommended. For smooth operation, the system should have at least 1 Gig of RAM. A quality sound card is going to give you better playback and sound. A CD burner is necessary if you want to save music on disk. To add personalised vocals to tracks you need a microphone, a cheap one will do to start with. Finally, you must have speakers or a set of headphones to hear sounds.

Music Software or DAW – There are plenty of music making programs to choose from, and most come with help files and tutorials right in the software. Decide what software you will use and either install it from a CD or download it and follow the instructions for installation. Many software companies offer demos of their programs that are functional, some may have limitations, but most allow users the opportunity to try the program.

After installing music software, you will need to set up the sound card and mic to work with the program. This is usually very simple and the software normally guides users through the process.

You are now ready to learn how to use music making software to create dance music. Open the program, choose the instruments and sounds that will be used in the song, set the tempo (bpm), and begin adding tracks.

Drum Tracks – The basic set up for drums in dance music consist of a kick drum, snares, hi-hats and claps or snaps. Software that has a step sequencer makes adding notes easy, but learning to use the piano roll if available is more precise. Put the drum parts on separate tracks so effects and EQ settings will be independent.

Bass & Guitar – Most music has bass, on a new track create a bass line or riff. The guitar should be on its own track, guitars are used to create melodies from scales.

This is a foundation; build the dance music into a song by adding keys, strings, and other sounds. A common beat arrangement has an intro, verse, chorus (hook), bridge, and an out-ro. When using music making software to create dance music you can try different tempos, instruments, sounds and arrangements.

How To Make Music Using Computers.

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What Do You Need

Nowadays almost all electronic music is written on a PC or MAC computer. Producers use music software programs to process and arrange the music so that it sounds the way they want it to sound. Although some people may use dedicated hardware, this is not always necessary. You can get by with a simple set-up, then later on down the line you can add to your studio set-up by buying more gear.

There are lots of options when deciding what to buy for your studio setup. However, to keep it simple, lets assume that there are three main “stages” of personal studios. These stages are described in the following list:

Basic Setup This studio set-up has a minimal requirement necessary for music production. It contains:

A home computer (PC or Mac). New or second hand.
Music Software. Fruity Loops, Garageband or MIDI controller.

Good Setup This studio has the tools needed to create high quality music productions. It contains:

A Computer (PC or Mac). A fairly new and up to date MAC or PC computer.
Music Software. Modern software such as Ableton , Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Cakewalk Sonar, MOTU Digital Performer, etc.
Audio Interface. Offers low audio latency with high quality inputs and outputs.
MIDI Interface. Possibly included with the audio interface, this device enables you to “play” instruments contained with your computer.
MIDI Controller. MIDI keyboard or guitar to control virtual instruments provided by your music software.

Pro Setup This studio has everything needed to produce any kind of top quality music. It contains:

A Computer (PC or Mac). It was purchased new within the last 4 years.
Music Software. Uses a modern package like Ableton Live, Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Cakewalk Sonar, MOTU Digital Performer, etc.
Professional Audio Interface. Offers low audio latency with multiple (more than two) high quality inputs and outputs. More inputs and outputs allow you to record multiple microphones at once, or process audio with external hardware.
MIDI Interface. Possibly included with the audio interface, this device enables you to “play” instruments contained with your computer.
MIDI Controller. You can use a MIDI keyboard or guitar to control virtual instruments provided by your music software.
Studio Monitors. High quality speakers enable you to listen to you songs completely “flat”, accurately reproducing the sound without audio distortions.
Acoustically-Treated Room. Room sizes and shapes greatly affect the way your songs are reproduced on your speakers, as well as how sound is recorded by microphones.
Hardware. Microphones, preamps, external processing units, etc. The possibilities are infinite.

To be really honest, the Good Setup is all you need. The Pro Setup will take your sound to a whole next level, but this is really only for the Old School veterans and enthusiasts. What ever you do, dont listen to much to the music shops, they will usually try to sell you something you dont really need. Be aware of this! If you only have a home computer and some basic music software, you already have the tools necessary to begin making really exciting music.

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So what are you waiting for? Start making those beats and songs and become the next top music producer well all be talking about very soon.

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