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Xij - Zero Cost Electronica [Free Electronic Music Production Crash Course]

Xij - Zero Cost Electronica [Free Electronic Music Production Crash Course]

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Published by Jack Oughton
This is a short guide taken from a talk/course I give on getting into electronic music production. It is essentially a guide on producing electronic music, using only freely, legally available tools and your computer (which you already have, right?). So basically, everything's free (including the guide).

It's based on a curriculum I originally developed for young people who didn't have much money, but who DID have a passion for media and music making. The charity I wrote it for has long since folded (and no, this wasn't my fault ^_^). As a longterm musician who feels I guess…empowered by the ability to produce all the music I want without paying anything or needing anyone else's assistance - I wanted to pass on the ideas and knowledge here so that others could do the same (it might be easier than you think)…

And, I've used this freeware setup (i.e a laptop using only this software) to create entire songs in COCKOS Reaper. So it works, if you do.

Like most of my guides it's pretty short and is made up of bulletpointed lists, hyperlinks, and signposts to further reading. More killer, less filler.

So, as I say, if you've never ever used a sequencer before, and making electronic music without paying ANY money upfront is your thing, this was made for YOU. Enjoy.
-Jack
This is a short guide taken from a talk/course I give on getting into electronic music production. It is essentially a guide on producing electronic music, using only freely, legally available tools and your computer (which you already have, right?). So basically, everything's free (including the guide).

It's based on a curriculum I originally developed for young people who didn't have much money, but who DID have a passion for media and music making. The charity I wrote it for has long since folded (and no, this wasn't my fault ^_^). As a longterm musician who feels I guess…empowered by the ability to produce all the music I want without paying anything or needing anyone else's assistance - I wanted to pass on the ideas and knowledge here so that others could do the same (it might be easier than you think)…

And, I've used this freeware setup (i.e a laptop using only this software) to create entire songs in COCKOS Reaper. So it works, if you do.

Like most of my guides it's pretty short and is made up of bulletpointed lists, hyperlinks, and signposts to further reading. More killer, less filler.

So, as I say, if you've never ever used a sequencer before, and making electronic music without paying ANY money upfront is your thing, this was made for YOU. Enjoy.
-Jack

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Zero Cost Electronica
v1.0
 
//
 
Jack Oughton
 
http://xijmusic.com//
 
https://www.facebook.com/XijMusic//
2013:
CC BY-NC-SA
 
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Wanna chat? Tweet
@Xij
 
“  
 Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
”  
~
Ludwig van Beethoven
 
Zero Cost Electronica 
 
Jack Oughton / Xij
˚,§’˚
 
 
Zero Cost Electronica
v1.0
 
//
 
Jack Oughton
 
http://xijmusic.com//
 
https://www.facebook.com/XijMusic//
2013:
CC BY-NC-SA
 
//
Wanna chat? Tweet
@Xij
 
“  
 Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
”  
~
Ludwig van Beethoven
 
I’m Not Making This Up
 
These days, if you've got a PC or a Mac, a little hard disk space and aninternet connection you've already got everything you need to producemusic. No, you don't need to buy any more hardware and you don'tneed to spend any money on software.
 None at all! 
 So, getting started is simple. But, as any dedicated producer will tell you,simple doesn't always equate to
easy 
. After all, the best tools are wastedon the inexperienced craftsman, right?So, no, I can't help you become a production wizard with this guide, butI
can
help you down that path, and honour my promise that you canst
art without a single penny/cent’s
outlay.And who knows, maybe a fruitful career in the music industry awaitsyou, a little later down the line?
Too Much Choice And Too MuchInformation
 
But there's the all-pervasive software problem. Of all the masses of freelyavailable software, where to begin?Well, take it from me, as a 
 since about 2006, I'vetried a
lot 
of stuff, both on Windows and OSX. I've wasted manyhundreds of hours testing glitchy software, suffering crashes, hard drivefailures and pretty much all that bad stuff technology throws at you.But I've also found some real diamonds in the rough too.So, the purpose of this article is to cut through all the noise and give youa list of things that have stood the test of time and just
worked.
I intend tospare you many hours of frustration.Let's see how we do.
 
Zero Cost Electronica
v1.0
 
//
 
Jack Oughton
 
http://xijmusic.com//
 
https://www.facebook.com/XijMusic//
2013:
CC BY-NC-SA
 
//
Wanna chat? Tweet
@Xij
 
“  
 Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
”  
~
Ludwig van Beethoven
 
Thus Simple: Good
 
And, obviously, with so many styles of music to produce, so many typesof plugins and so many individual ways of working - we're simplifying alittle here for the sake of your convenience (though it sure beatsinformation overload).So, let the simplifications begin!
Introducing The DAWs
 
A 'DAW' (Digital Audio Workstation) is essentially the tool that you useto take your musical ideas into musical reality. Everything fromrecording, to synthesis, to sampling to eventually mixing and mastering,is handled by your DAW.Commercial DAWs start at around £30 and go all the way into the four figure range. True, you aren't going to get £1000s worth of functionalitywith a piece of freeware - but you don't necessarily need all of thosefeatures if you are. In fact it might be better not to get stuck on detail andface the all to prevalent overwhelm which can get in the way of your actually making music...
 Windows/OSXFirst up is COCKOS' Reaper. Reaper comes up as #1 because in termsof speed and flexibility, I've found nothing to beat it. REAPER isn'tactually free, but COCKOS as super cool guys have made the trialeffectively endless, and priced it quite reasonably for personal use. Theyprobably find that those who stick with it eventually buy, and for $60 it'sa steal. Try it and see.
 - Windows/OSXI don't have quite so much experience with MU.LAB, spending most of my time in Reaper, but from what I've seen of it I don't know why it isn'tmore popular. Unlike many other freeware DAWs the UI issophisticated and the featureset is quite extensive. Considering you paynothing, it's a sweet deal.

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