So you want to start writing Trance Music ? Where to begin ?
The bad news is that you will be required to spend some money to get you started, but the good news is, you can be up and running and making Trance Music quite cheaply. We’ll assume that you also own a computer whether this be a PC, Mac or Tablet.
First of all, you will need a music sequencer program. A music sequencer (or Digital Audio Workstation) will let you record, edit and playback music, either via MIDI controlling Virtual or Hardware Instruments such as a synthesizer, or via manipulating Audio such as using Samples, or loops. Most music sequencers available today, perform both functions very well.
Secondly, it is worth noting that, whilst most music sequencers can cost hundreds of dollars, you can start off with an Express or Lite version of the software, which offers the basic functions for writing Music. You will also be able to upgrade, at a reduced cost, to more feature rich versions of your software at a later date. Finally, it’s worth noting that most Music Sequencer offer a free Trial version, so you can try the software out before you part with your hard earned cash.
The following list is by no means exhaustive but lists some of the more common and established Music Sequencers.
Currenty available in 3 formats with prices to match starting with Live Intro, a more feature rich Live version and the flagship Ableton Suite, Ableton is also heavily geared to Live performance. Favoured amongst a lot of DJs with a widespread dance music community, Ableton Live has won a number of awards over the years, in categories as diverse as “Best Digital Audio Workstation” and “Best DJ Software.” Ableton offers audio manipulation alongside virtual instruments and comes with a lot of audio content to get you starting making music quickly.
Steinberg’s Cubase is a highly developed Music Sequencer with first rate Audio manipulation capabilities. Similarly as Ableton, Cubase comes in 3 versions, an entry level version called Cubase Express, Cubase Artist and the top of the range Cubase Studio. Cubase was first released in 1989 and continues to develop to this day and counts Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Dark Knight) amonst its users.
Logic Pro is an Apple only Digital Audio Workstation and Music Sequencer running on MAC OS/X. Logic Pro supports some first rate Synthesizers and Software Instruments with the added benefit of the vast, royalty-free library of instrument loops Apple Loops. Now only available as a digital download.
4. FL Studio
FL Studio currently offers the greatest number of variations of its software. From FL Studio Express, Fruity Edition, Producer Edition and the flagship FL Studio Signature Bundle. Its maker Image Line offers lifetime free updates to the program, as well as iPad versions. FL studio comes with its own Virtual Instruments but can also support Steinberg’s VST format.
Here’s also some handy information in this video to help you get started – How to Make Electronic Music in 5 Steps