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HELP!! Want to create beats and stuff. What should i get and how do i use it


i really would like to create beats and i had previously bought an Akai MPD 24 and an M-Audio Axiom controller. Only to return it because i had no idea how to really use them or rather to use midi. i tried to use ableton live demo that came with both and still didnt seem to understand how to use any of those applications. Basically i want to know what sort of equipment should i get to start out, keeping in mind of the recession lol. i want to go more of a daft punk/kanye west/ poppy sound. Can someone help me out. i own now a Korg MiniKorg XL and im interested in the akai XR20 but i dont think its exactly what i need or has the ability to add to its library.
March 3, 2010 @09:17am

My obligatory standard reply-for-newbies that I keep in Wordpad so this is just a paste (I don't want to re-type this all the time):
First off, immediately get a good beginner recording book (spend $20 before spending hundred$/thousand$) that shows you what you need to get started and how to hook everything up in your studio:
Home Recording for Musicians by Jeff Strong - $15
(Wish I'd had that when I started; would have saved me lots of money and time and grief)
You can also pick up this book in most any Borders or Barnes&Noble in the Music Books section!
Another good one is: Recording Guitar and Bass by Huw Price
(I got my copy at a place called Half-Price Books for $6!!)
And you can get a FREE subscription to TapeOp magazine at www.tapeop.com
Barnes&Noble or Borders are great places to start --- they have recording books and you can go get a snack or coffee and read them for FREE! Don't pass by a good recording book --- this is a VERY technical hobby and you REALLY want to start a reference library!!!
Good Newbie guides that also explains all the basics and have good tips:
21 Ways To Assemble a Recording Rig: http://www.tweakheadz.com/rigs.htm
Also Good Info: http://www.theprojectstudiohandbook.com/directory.htm
Other recording books: http://musicbooksplus.com/home-recording-c-31.html
Still using a built-in soundcard?? Unfortunately, those are made with less than $1 worth of chips for beeps, boops and light gaming (not to mention cheapness for the manufacturer) and NOT quality music production.
#1 Rule of Recording: You MUST replace the built-in soundcard.
Here's a good guide and tested suggestions that WORK: http://www.tweakheadz.com/soundcards_for_the_home_studio.htm
(you'll want to bookmark and read through all of Tweak's Guide while you're there...)
Another good article: Choosing an audio interface - http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep08/articles/audiointerfaces.htm
Plenty of software around to record for FREE to start out on:
Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net (multi-track with VST support)
Wavosaur: http://www.wavosaur.com/ (a stereo audio file editor with VST support)\
Kristal: http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/
Other freebies and shareware: www.hitsquad.com/smm
Another great option is REAPER at http://www.cockos.com/reaper/ (It's $50 but runs for free until you get guilty enough to pay for it...)
I use Reaper and highly reccomend it...
Music Notation and MIDI recording: Melody Assistant ($25) and Harmony Assistant ($80) have the power of $600 notation packages - http://myriad-online.com
Demo you can try on the website.
And you can go out to any Barnes&Noble or Borders and pick up "Computer Music" magazine - they have a full FREE studio suite in every issue's DVD, including sequencers, plugins and tons of audio samples. (November 2006 they gave away a full copy of SamplitudeV8SE worth $150, November 2007-on the racks Dec in the US- they gave away SamplitudeV9SE and July 2009 issue they put out Samplitude10SE. FREE. It pays to watch 'em for giveaways...)
April 7, 2010 @01:07pm