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Hey guys I'm looking around for the best music creation software for either windows or mac doesn't really matter to me. I'm pretty new at this stuff so yeah I will be teaching myself pretty much everything! I'm currently using Fruity Loops but I'm aware of other software but I want other opinions what people think. The music I'm looking to produce is Hip Hop, and Rap beats. So yeah thanks for your help and advice!

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You have tons of options, however... I'd really recommend Fruity Loops (FL Studio) for beginning production. It's the easiest in my opinion and is VERY support. Also, remember just because it's the easiest does not mean it's bad. I know tons of EDM producers (professional and put out EPs) that use FL Studio and swear on it.
post #3 of 10
i make music since 2005..

most pros use Cubase(5), Ableton and Logic.. There are many addons and plugins for theese programs.
I would recommend getting a midi keyboard at least or a real one that is programmable and has midi functions.
There is more software like Fruity Loops, Reason and so on but thats second class software IMO.. you need additional programs to have the functions and possibilities of sound modulation like in the first three mentioned.

what exactly are you going to do? maybe i can help you setting up a plan..
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Agree with above, Cubase, Logic, Ableton, and Reason are the more popular ones. They all have their good and bad points.
I would also 2nd the Midi keyboard. Makes things MUCH easier in the long run, and they aren't that expensive for a starter board.

EDIT:
Might check this site out. It's pretty fun to play with and learn some stuff if nothing else.
http://www.audiotool.com/
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My plan is to just learn the software first and then work on producing beats and stuff. As I said before I'm new to this scene making music/beats whatever; I just love music and find this extremely enjoyable and so I'm going to pursue it out. Yeah about that MIDI, I would love to get one probably a cheap one though at first since I will most likely be dropping stacks on the software. I've been looking at Logic and Pro Tools due to those being "Professional Quality" software and not to mention Ableton (Personally I just don't like the feel I get from using Ableton).
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do you play an instruments.. or more of em?^^
if yes you need a good input via firewire or usb.. if i remember right usb got a slightly bigger latency if you want to use something like guitar rig to make live effects.

there are many guides to explain producing.. the internet can explain you almost everything.
the other thing is you need to train your ear.. this is a process that can take some time, try listening to good mastered music and search for music made by beginners.
one of the differences will be, that you will see that most of the beginners stuff needs either more or less bass (this is due many people dont know how to use compressors or even dont use them at all) and the mix by it self. try to understand how a compressor works in combination with equalisers from the beginning.

one more important thing is what soundsystem u use.. if you really want to produce you will need some monitor boxes or something comparable..
this is because you need to be sure your mix sounds good on every system. mastering on crappy boxes will make your stuff sound bad on other systems than yours.
therfor always take your mixes to many friends as possible and try to listen how it is on their system to gain a better "ear"..

the most important thing i can tell you is JUST KEEP DOIN.. the rest will come by time. the biggest danger is to get frustrated and stop...
there are so many things to tell and my post would get more chaotic as it already is :/ start doing the stuff and then your questions will come by themselfes.. feel free to ask more ..GL
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I am actually a big fan of protools/logic. But since those are only avaible on the mac, I have both reason and FL. I perfer FL though.
    
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aah.. damn it.
heres what i´ve got out of reason. one of my boxes died last party while i wasnt there and i mastered this with 80$ creative 5.1 cheapo soundsys..
not to get offtopic but to show the op whats possible even with reason..
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wc43fj

@baseballboy.. what version of FL u got? i used it when 3.0 was "new"...
post #9 of 10
Just wanted to say Pro Tools works fine within windows. I've used it for the last few years with no issues. wink.gif
And I agree with a lot of what's been said already. You have to start somewhere, and just keep trying different sounds out, and you'll learn quickly what sounds good together, and what doesn't. The more you experiment, the better your sound will get.

Here's one of my fav tracks that I've made. smile.gif
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/371811/KaRRRma%20-%20Most%20of%20you%20know%20me.mp3
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alright yeah cool man thanks a lot... Right now for my speakers situation i'm using headphones they are Ableplanet Linx Audio; they don't sound bad at all imo.. But yeah man I get pretty frustrated at times trying to come up with ideas it kills me haha. Also about the instrument thing naw I don't play anything right now I used to play the Trumpet but I'm thinking about doing Drums or Piano soon...
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