I want to produce instrumentals similar to death grips. I have ableton, serum, and a bunch of samples for drum kits, am I on the right track?
you can make any music out of anything dude.
analog synths would help though, if you're going for that industrial sound
I don't know much about analogues honestly but the virtual korg ms-20 is what I use when I want a "warm" or "classic" sound
Obviously real drums are a big part of the Grips sound, it'll be near impossible to totally replicate that with samples but if you put a lot of focus into the detail of the drums you can get fairly close. Apart from that, do a lot of sampling (both of already recorded sound sources and 'junk' instruments/sounds you make yourself).
See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olm9kkhLmgk for an example
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step 2: choose if you still want to continue with this
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>implying you have to know music theory to make good music
it helps after a while everything you make sounds the same because you dont know shit about progressions or keys and scales. i used to think it didnt matter too, but it helps a lot during the writing process instead of fiddling around or hoping for some inspiration of where to take the song, you have some ground rules and a general idea of what works or where you can go with the song.