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It’s always been about the music, not the gear.
I’ve lost sight of that recently. I’ve spent a lot of money on equipment, and I have little to show for it.
I’ve decided I’m going to put my hardware aside for a few months to focus on itb production. I enjoy most genres of electronic music, and I think it will benefit me to learn some actual production tricks. I’m likely never going to soundtrack an indie game just by goofing around on my synth, I should figure out a way to polish it and turn it into something that is compatible with the rest of the world. Modular taught me a lot about sound design, and I’m ready to take that to the digital realm for a while.
I know some DAW basics, but I’m pretty green in terms of knowing actual production terminology and practices. I have produced full tracks with Ableton and FL Studio, but somewhat by luck.
The reason I’m posting here is because lines offers great insight for all creative endeavors, so I’m wondering what some lines approved tutorials/courses are? Also open to sample and plug-in suggestions. I know the basics, but I don’t know how to use effect busses, set up instrument racks, etc. Basically I know how to program a beat (barely!), basic effect stuff, simple sequencing, and how to treat the machine like a tape-recorder.
I’m ready to dig deeper so I can further explore different genres, and I don’t want to get lost watching countless “how to deadmau5” videos so I can apply some theory to ambient music. Not that I have a problem with edm tutorials (and I do plan on making some bangers for fun and practice), but they seem to be the overwhelming majority in the realm of ‘learning Ableton’.
Where would lines send someone who isn’t an absolute beginner, but isn’t necessarily a seasoned vet? I have 9 Suite running on a slightly dated (but capable) iMac fwiw, and I plan on upgrading to 10 when funds allow and if I wind up getting as much mileage as I hope to out of 9. I’d like to spend as little money as possible on instruments and lessons, as there’s so much free stuff out that there that the options can be overwhelming.