Music software programs have grown in popularity over the years as more people have become involved in music production and beat making. In the past, the recording software available to the public was very limited in features and accessibility. Fast forward to 2011 and you will see that making music with software is the norm for nearly all music producers. However, upcoming beat makers often run into problems when choosing music production programs. With the internet at our fingertips, you can download just about any software program available, but how do you figure out which one is best for you to compose music? The following hopes to provide you with some simple steps to follow before choosing your music production software.
Before you decide what software program you want to make music with, you need to establish a few things:
1. Do you plan on making beats casually or professionally?
2. What is your music software budget?
3. How much time do you want to invest in the learning curve of the beat making program?
Casual Beat Maker Vs Serious Music Producer
Determining how serious you are about your music career is a critical step you must take before moving forward and buying a music production program. If you intend to be only a casual beat maker, you may want to download a demo of Fruity Loops Studio or another entry level beat making program to get a feel for what you’ll be getting into. You may even want to do a little research on the features that are available. If you plan on becoming a serious music producer, download a few demos of some beat making programs, test them out, research the software company, and visit your local music store to speak to a sales professional about the product. This may seem like you are doing a lot just to find a music production program, but your efforts will be well worth it. Being informed about your software will help you as you grow as a producer.
Music Software Budget
Before buying your music production program, establish a budget. Price is a big determining factor for many upcoming producers. Research the upfront cost for the program and be aware of what the costs are to upgrade the program as well. Upgraded versions of beat making software often provide new, better features and functionality. You should also find out if there are any additional extensions that are available for the program.
Beat Making Learning Curve
Regardless of your final decision, you will have a learning curve with whatever music production program you choose. Casual beat makers and aspiring music professionals should be prepared to invest a few months learning how to maneuver through the software program. Each music program has its own bells and whistles. Be patient during this time as it can be very frustrating period for some producers.
Personal Experience with Beat Making
When I first started out in music production, I would have considered myself a casual beat maker. The first program I ever made a beat on was Apple’s Garageband while I was in highschool. I didn’t know much about music, but I knew that I enjoyed making instrumentals. After I graduated high school, I did not try to demo any other programs because I did not know where to find them. I got an idea to go to Best Buy one day hoping they’d have some music production software.I purchased Magix audio software (Magix music maker). It was the first beat making program I bought. It was only $50 USD at the time so it was a perfect fit for my limited budget.
With no mentorship or research I fumbled around in the program for 2 summers trying to figure out how to make beats (My learning curve). Eventually, I was introduced to programs like Fruity Loops (now FL Studio) and Propellerhead Reason through friends. I now use Propellerhead Reason, Logic Pro, and Pro Tools as my main beat making tools. I also have grown into a music professional now.
In my opinion there is no “best” music software. It really depends on the user and what they are most comfortable with. The aforementioned tips are things that I wish I would have known before entering into the music production field. Hopefully, you’ve found this information helpful and beneficial.