How Hard Is It To Make Your Own Music & Beats Using a Computer?
If you’re just starting to consider the idea of creating music and making beats then you’re probably asking yourself: “just how hard it is to get started?” Can you go from zero to hero over night and crank out the next banger?
Like anything, music production and beat making takes some time to build up your skills and find your flow. Not to mention developing yourself as an artist.
BUT, with that said, you can definitely get started fairly quickly and easily these days thanks to huge developments in technology and what’s available to the average person with a simple desktop or laptop computer (or even a mobile phone!).
As I have said often, there has never been a better time to be a music maker. Anyone with a computer has the potential to produce at a very high level without spending a ton of money on software or equipment. All it takes is some grit and the will to succeed.
Aside from pushing yourself to become the very best, how about just getting started and having some fun?
The answer is that yes, you can definitely get started without too much trouble, it’s not hard at all, and you’ll have a ton of fun making music from day 1.
Example: How Kaytranada Got Started With Making Music
In a recent interview with Kaytranada, Mixmag Cover boy and 2016 Polaris Prize Winner for best album of the year, he talked about how he got started with making beats at the age of 14.
Here was his progression in terms of the tools he used when just getting started:
- Windows Sound Recorder: Kay and his brother (Lou Phelps) started their production careers by simply rapping over instrumental versions of 50 cent. He claimed that most of it was mumbling and not that good, but it gave them the idea that they could create music on their PC, and that was what lit the fire.
- Virtual DJ: If you haven’t heard of this program, it’s a legendary virtual dj mixer that has been around for a long time. It gives you a pair of virtual dj decks and you can mix together tracks. Pretty simple stuff, but again, Kaytranada said that it really got him thinking about how he could mash sounds together and be creative with music on the computer
- Fruity Loops: This was the next big step (and really, the first) in his evolution as a producer, because this is the first real production software that he started to use. After mixing together tracks, the next logical step was to start sampling and cutting up other beats and re-arranging them, so that’s exactly what he did. After that came creating original beats using step sequencers and the rest was history.
The above shows just how easy it is to get started.
No expensive equipment, no crazy advanced production software, just the desire to have fun making music and the easiest / cheapest tools at ones disposal.
If you want to get right into producing and creating tracks then you can skip the first 2 steps and just find yourself some basic production software.
Levels of Music Software & Equipment
One thing to keep in mind is that there are a ton of programs for creating music available out there. Some are really easy to learn for beginners, some are a bit harder, and some are very advanced. Keep this in mind though: the most expensive or advanced software is not necessarily what you should shoot for. Many producers get started with a simple program like FL Studio and stick with it even once they become pros. Find what works for you and prize creativity and making great music over everything else.
Getting obsessed with the latest plugins, software, or equipment is not what will make you into a great producer. Many of today’s greatest producers work with a simple beat making app, a pair of headphones, and their laptop and that is pretty much it.
Getting started with making your own music and beats is not hard.
Just get yourself some software and get down to work. Eezy peezy 😉