You there! Why aren't you creating music? There are only a few things stopping you from pirating a DAW. So what's stopping you?
Reaper is free
fuck, I don't know. I have the basis of songs in my head and the stuff I put on soundcloud get good reviews but I get so unmotivated and frustrated to actually record them and edit them. then every night I always say that I'm going to do it tomorrow but it never happens. day in and day out, it's really fucking annoying. I'm not even working right now so I should take the opportunity to finish an album but I don't know what's stopping me.
I've tried FL, ProTools (which is actually mad decent for recording) and Reason, and I still use Logic for mastering.
I just hit on Ableton and stuck with it. I love it. It's so sandboxy.
I'm gonna start using that in these discussions outside of /mu/, literally the best way to describe it. I can't use any other DAW because Live's sandboxy interface just feels so free. I totally understand that skill/talent/knowledge doesn't direct one skill level to one DAW and one skill level to another, but everything else feels like it wants to hold my hand and show me how to do what I want to do.
This. Take this to heart. It's amazing how much more progress I started getting when I had multiple SEPARATE saves down the line, not just constantly overwriting the last version. Step away from the workstation when it feels bogged down, GIVE IT TIME, come back late and jump through a save or two until you feel the vibe again. Repeat.
this is great advice.
always version your projects. anytime I hit a milestone with my project or anytime I am preparing to make major changes to a section, I save a backup version in case it comes out smelling like shit. Has saved my ass many times
Depending on how seriously you want to take writing music you just need to force yourself to sit down and do it. If it's a hobby, something you do for fun, then just put aside some time when you have it (even if you aren't working like you said). Say, "I'm going to do this for two hours in the morning ever day" and if nothing comes of those two hours then just stop and do it again the next day. If you want to do it seriously then treat it like a fucking job. Work out a routine and stick to it. Clock in at 9, finish at 5. You'd be surprised how easy it becomes to write music that you're happy with after a while, how easy it is to get your ideas down.
I know... I love being able to just slam out automation in arrangement view and quickly bounce it to audio without having to do a full export. I have nothing against other DAWs, they all have their strengths, but I do a lot of glitch hoppy type stuff and the freeform nature of Live's arrangement view just really appeals to my particular ADD-ish creative style
my best friend was looking at some of my project files and literally told me my workflow was appalling lol
I have a friend who does the same thing, he always rails on me for my workflow and arrangement. That being said, the most recent project I sent him to mix was an older one that was a complete fucking mess (in regards to like jumping between using utilities AND the channel level for volume automation).
I mostly catch flak because I seriously prefer working with MIDI and I will avoid bouncing to audio if at all possible hahah. I just got to the point where I'll bounce for a master, I used to just do all that shit in-house in Ableton and master over MIDI tracks
made my homie furious
Honestly, I need someone else who also wants to do music. If it's just me on my own, the motivation isn't enough. Who am I going to bounce my lyrics off of? Fuck it. Anyone in the 201 area? I want to make "obscure rap" like afro-sama, Xavier Wulf, kidd buu, and bones.
Im taking a break cause my ears need a rest.
But i do
Pirate a DAW
Learn to growl
Be/Find a guitarist
Pirate addictive drums
Learn to program drums - make someone program drums for you
It has a bad reputation because it is supposed to have shit tier interface and because using to make trash is really easy with it but i never got Ableton's interface t b h.
My experience with FL is that it's a great DAW if you don't want to record real instruments / vocals. You can record in it, there just are better choices ( ProTools notably but also Ableton )
listen to some Agoraphobic Nosebleed, if you havent already. awesome grindcore band and they program the drums in every record. also Anaal Nathrakh is just one guy in the studio albums, not sure but think he program drums too.
Because I can't associate sitting by my computer with creating music. I am learning guitar instead.
Takes way too much time to fuck around in the program to be able to make something.
Can't really concentrate enough to learn a DAW because I only use my computer to fuck around, listen to music, play games, watch movies and browse the internet like a normal human.