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    Question What do I need to really get started?

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    Hey, I'm an electronic music fan from Atlantic Canada. I've been listening to EDM extensively for about 5 years now, and I've decided I'd love to actually produce. I know a bit about song structure, and I've been told by a couple of people that the best DAW to use would be FL Studio (since I'm on a PC, and a beginner). Besides decent speakers + headphones, and FL, what else do I need to set up a basic little studio, in terms of gear?

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    Aside from what you already listed, the next 2 items on the list are usually a MIDI Keyboard for playing the virtual instruments you'll be using in FL, and an Audio Interface for running various instruments and mics into/out of your computer. (You may not need this right away, but I got one to start with, and my MIDI runs through it.)

    Other than that, take plenty of time to learn FL or whatever DAW you end up on. The more familiar you are with the software, the easier it is to get rolling.

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    I suggest these two VST for your sounds
    1.Massive
    2.Sylenth1

    and there are tons of free drumkits out there designed for trance,dubstep,techno,etc...
    so a lot of hard pump bass drums,clap,snares


    I like Sylenth1 and Massive because I'm a preset slut

    but with these two vst you can make your own presets as well





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    You need money and some imagination...
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    Any MPC can help your cfrat too...make sure ya read the manual though

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    if you wait to go hard-ware based yes a Akai MPC could help
    I use a Akai MPD16 which is just the pads and hook it up through USB for doing MIDI recording with FL Studio's FPC VST

    but I'm probably confusing the guy now


    just download demo of different DAW and try them out

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    or Reason

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    Dude,

    I've been producing for 5 months now, and use FL Studio, without any complementar gear.

    As Coach Antonio said, Massive is a great VST, I use it for almost any sound I want to. Still, I'm getting the hang of FM8 (also from Native Instruments) for my basses.

    As for drums, I use sample based sounds, you can find thousands of good ones for free with a little googling.

    I advice you to search youtube for tutorials on both Fl Studio (Image-Line has a YT channel, btw) and the VSTs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ddream View Post
    Dude,

    I've been producing for 5 months now, and use FL Studio, without any complementar gear.

    As Coach Antonio said, Massive is a great VST, I use it for almost any sound I want to. Still, I'm getting the hang of FM8 (also from Native Instruments) for my basses.

    As for drums, I use sample based sounds, you can find thousands of good ones for free with a little googling.

    I advice you to search youtube for tutorials on both Fl Studio (Image-Line has a YT channel, btw) and the VSTs.
    ^^^it all comes down to research homie
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    know what kind of car you want and your budget
    budget being a big thing(don't get gear-lust right away)

    Sweetwater.com is a great place to look at gear to fuel your gear-lust as well


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    Basic hardware produce:

    Monitors
    Interface
    Midi controller with keys and/or a pad controller
    A good sounding space to produce in


    You don't really NEED anything, but these are all a very good idea to have.
    Good monitors so you can hear what you're doing
    Interface so you can run your program smoothly (a good one will be much better than your built-in soundcard, a notsogreat one will be maybe a tiny bit better), provide good sound for your monitors to amplify, hook up your keyboard (unless it's a USB keyboard), and record things when the time arises.
    Controller so you don't have to use your mouse and/or QWERTY keyboard to create midi notes... that's for the birds. Too time consuming.
    A good sounding space so your monitors will give you a better picture of what you're hearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPhoenix View Post
    Basic hardware produce:

    Monitors
    Interface
    Midi controller with keys and/or a pad controller
    A good sounding space to produce in

    Without these you are p!ssing into the wind !
    The room/space can be improved over time though .

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