Electronic Music Making Software – 3 Popular Programs

Whether you are planning to create dubstep, house, trance, hip hop, or downtempo, an electronic music making software is an essential link in the chain. Since electronic music is highly dependent on computer-based production, the software contributes a great deal to the overall result. While there are literally dozens of various production suites available to you, this article describes three efficient and well-built programs that are used by electronic music artists all over the world.

Reason

Reason as an electronic music making software is unique for its realistic studio-type-of setup, allowing you to use virtual racks and build your own custom sound processing chains by rewiring virtual cables and devices. So, besides creating music, you will also learn how to wire up professional equipment, since Reason is designed like a simulation.

While it does not support third-party plugins and VST instruments, meaning that you have to work with the instruments provided in it, there are more than enough different built-in features and instruments at your disposal. An example of a world-recognised artist who uses Reason, is a British dubstep DJ and producer Jakwob.

Ableton Live

Ableton Live is another widely used tool amongst electronic musicians. With its numerous features, this program allows not only easy creating, recording, mixing, and mastering, but is great for live performance as well. It contains a comprehensive set of functions, that make it a competent and flexible electronic music making software for tweaking and playing back your music on stage.

Ableton Live has a relatively huge following, with excellent tutorials and teaching resources online, which simplify the learning curve. Few examples of Ableton Live users include DJ Ski (aka Ski Beatz), an American hip hop producer, and David Guetta, a French house music producer and DJ.

Logic Studio

Although this program works with Mac OS X only, Logic is another complete package for creating music from the initial composing phase till final mastering. Its extensive and multi-faceted library of samples gives you a wide variety of sounds and instruments that you can use in your projects. The intuitive layout makes it fairly simple to work in this environment, while granting fast access to all the complex tools and operations needed.

Considering its relatively low price, and the amount of functions involved in it, this program is a fairly good bargain. One of the users of this electronic music making software is Paul van Dyk, a German electronic dance music DJ, musician, and producer.

How to Make Electronic Music

The 4 basic elements of how to make electronic music

Lets get straight into it shall we?

The 4 basic elements of electronic music are much the same as any other type of music.

You have your;

1. Drums or The Beat

2. The Bass line

3. The Melody

4. The Vocals

Now just to get one thing straight, A LOT of DJs/producers don’t sing in their songs, (probably because they can’t sing, like I can’t hehehe). Some get guest singers to sing but most just don’t do any vocals at all so don’t give up straight away because you can’t sing! In this article, I won’t discuss the vocal aspect of electronic music. If anyone would like me to though, please feel free to put in a request 🙂

Lets start with the Beat.

Almost every electronic song has a beat in it of some sort. Whether it be house music with a straight beat, or a breakbeat with different combination’s of different drums and cymbals, sequenced together to create a beat. A great beat can turn a mediocre song into a great song, but a mediocre beat could turn a great song into something not so great. I personally spend just about most of my producing time making sure that I’m happy with the beat.

Depending on what style of electronic music your making, generally the 2 main drums to consider are the bass drum, also known as the kick, and the snare drum. These 2 drums are the driving force behind a beat and they are then filled and polished around the edges with things such as percussion sounds and cymbals.

Electronic music usually runs in counts of 4, with the kick drum falling on the 1 and 3 and the snare falling on the 2 and 4. Some electronic music like house, trance, tech, and numerous others which use a straight 4 beat, have the kick drum fall on all 4 counts. Other styles like hip hop and break beats have different combinations of the kicks and snares and other sounds falling on different varieties of counts, but always counting in 4’s.