So, you've seen your mates effortlessly make dance tracks on their computer and you fancy having a go yourself, but what do you need to achieve this? This article will discuss the computer software you may need to get your foot on the ladder. The times when you need expensive kit to help mix tracks in your bedroom are gone, today; your home pc is more powerful than you would need in order to help you make great music. You could even optimize your computer specifically for making music and magazines like Computer music and various XP audio guides are out there to enable you to do this.
To start with you will require a MIDI keyboard that will be connected to your computer via a USB port. This will enable you to trigger samples and play data notes into your PC. These are not at all that expensive and you may even have a compatible keyboard that has a MIDI output, then you will just need a USB to MIDI lead to hook you up.
The next step once you have sorted out your audio and got a MIDI keyboard is to look at getting a music sequencer program. This software hosts sound effects and virtual instruments including the ability to play back note data and also most importantly it allows you to record the music track. The sequencer software also allows you to mix in other sounds from files into your musical tracks, this program is crucial when making music. The main software programs in the industry are Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, Logic and Sonar.
Hopefully when you get all of the above in place, this will allow you to start making dance and electro music tracks. What's more don't get confused or unsure; there are plenty of magazines that are out there that will help you to improve your music making tracks. There is also a useful article database on Sound On Sound which is valuable for more experienced users.
Mark is a passionate DJ who loves to mix and produce tracks with various soft synth patches and synth patches. Mark works for dance midi samples in the UK who sell various DJ MIDI Sample packs.