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post #1 of 10
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I'm taking up .. 'experimental' music as a hobby, and was wondering what hardware + software I would need. I'd like to be able to vary from grindcore to softer melodies. I was thinking of going with Pro Tools M-Powered for software and the Audiophile 2496 to run it. I'd also need a mic :]. I'm quite clueless so any help shall be much appreciated as always ^_=

P.S. I don't like FL @ all -- perhaps I didn't have decent plugins? >_>
post #2 of 10
Trust me.

esp seeing that you're just begenning, as well as the type of music you want to create.

I'd reccomend Fruity Loops, or Cubase.
Cubase is a bit harder, but its also a bit more flexible in some ways.

Fl gives you functionality, with EASE.

I have a few songs I've made ^_^

I'll share them here when I get around a faster PC ^_^

try FL man!

as for hardware - most any ol Soundcard will be fine for the type of Rig you have :]
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The last time I tried fruity loops there seemed to be only a small amount of sound samples.. are there plug-in's or packs I should be aware of that are *must-haves*? I want to be able to have a highly distorted electric guitar + fast drums, as well as soft stuff too..
post #4 of 10
Oh man!
You should check out FL6 - its sort of reputed for having a nice variety of samples, they're really nice.
And yeah, you can dowload loots of plugins and samples, to suit your exact needs.

try it man! - I'll be happy to help
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Theres also abelton live, you can also mix on it as well.
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What are the instruments like?

Does it use VST plugins?
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I use Cubase at school and find it very easy
    
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post #8 of 10
Do it old school and use Screamtracker, or fasttracker The above mentioned [Cubase + fruityloops] are the best for beginners . if you want a cheap drag and drop sequencer with lots of samples available Magix is ok. It also has some simple drum machine and synth machines built in.
    
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post #9 of 10
frinika:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/frinika

Nice free software. Still needs a little help (needs a tutorial / how to), but it's pretty nice. I've messed around with it, but when I get the chance I'm going to break out my old electric piano and create some [hopefully] awesome stuff.
post #10 of 10
I'll also recommend FL. I have Studio 5 and it has alot of good stuff there, and you can download thousands of addons. It's very easy to use once you know where the right buttons are.
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