Originally Posted by RT_437
Glad I found this thread. I'm a self taught drummer and have been playing for about 12 years. Im looking to get into EMP. I have messed around on garageband a few times but havent dug deep into how to use it.
I play a little bit of guitar, piano and ukulele but my skill level is nowhere near to what I am with drumming. My influences are Bonobo, Boards of Canada, The Album Leaf and usually listen to ambient when Im not listening to electronic.
If anyone could give me tips on where to start, free softwares, anything that would help me understanding what this is all about I'd really appreciate it. Here's a song I created on garageband this past weekend. Don't hate too much.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ8OmzcVTVI
Love Bonobo. Him and Blockhead are what got me into producing in the first place. As a former drummer myself, Bonobo has a special place in my musical library.
I didn't listen to the original song you covered, but I liked what you made.
As for tips on where to start, it's difficult because everyone is different in how they learn best. For me, my best friend had been producing for a couple of years before I actually got into it. I would watch him and he would explain what he was doing.
Him and I are both pretty musically inclined, although he is a WAY better guitar player than I am, I think it's a big head start for anyone to have at least some sort of rhythm or musical talent.
I obtained a free copy of Reason 5 from a friend so I was pretty lucky in that regard as daw's are pretty expensive. I learned best by just doing. Trial and error really. See what works and try to figure out why it works. Also a big resource in learning for me is YouTube. I can't express this enough. Watch videos of other people doing what your trying to do. If you can't figure out how to produce a certain sound you may want, look it up. There are endless resources for producers on the internet and I fully suggest finding as many as you can.
One in particular for me because I'm using Reason is boyinaband.com.
Although Dave (boyinaband) is INCREDIBLY annoying and sometimes I have to mute him and just watch what he's doing, he taught me more in a month of watching his videos than I had tried to learn on my own in 2-3 months. There are plenty of tutorials out there from people using all sorts of daw's, so whatever one you decide to use, I'm sure you will be able to find tutorials.
Good luck and don't hesitate to post any tunes in this thread.