i want to start making music but i have no musical knowledge or software. i guess my first question is, are there any good free DAWs out there?
A DAW is just a combination mixer and tape deck. It is not an instrument. You do not make music with a DAW, you process and record music with a DAW. Starting in this way will make you the modern equivalent of an old Amiga tracker goon- you'll think entirely in terms of writing for instruments you don't have or that suck, and as a result everything will be more like outsider art than actual music. The world has enough "music" made by teens who pirated Nuendo, Izotope and a bunch of romplers.
Even the dubstep kiddos using Ableton are primarily using software synthesizers they learned intimately in standalone mode controlled by hardware with MIDI outputs. They started with the production of a sound, and then came upon a DAW that suited them. The DAW is never a starting point. You start somewhere else and eventually come to it.
Go pick up a $200 instrument off Craigslist or a guitar shop and learn how to play something. Then, and only then, do you need to fuck around on a computer.
not trying to be moral or anything, ive never pirated anything and im too lazy to find out how to
is it any good?
so should i just buy a keyboard and learn how to play it
unless you have hardware (drum machine, keyboard, etc) audacity isnt where you actually make beats or anything. also any daw is free if you are looking in the right place. and expect to not like what you make at first, it took me 2 years before i could make anything ok and im still amateur. also i rec fl studio. rock on homie
nah id order one online
i rec pic related. use your judgement tho, many people say its crap but i have it and really like it. i just dont like how you cant mute individual pads but its fun to use
oh, i was thinking of something more like a traditional synth
Get a synth under $100 and start learning scales and chords. I know it may sound very technical and awful but they really do help. Just learn a few at first and play around with them.
Where would you recommend GETTING a synth under $100?
Not OP, I have a couple years of experience with guitar and music theory (still total shit), so I wouldn't really be going into anything blind. I'm interested in playing around with synths n shit to just make a soundtrack to a shitty RPG maker game I've been working on. I was wondering if something like ableton or FL would be the place to start or if I needed any hardware at all for that.
top kek op don't listen to any of these idiots telling you what to do. Do what you want. Do you feel the need to buy a keyboard and learn that way? then do it. Do you want to get started right away. pirate a daw and go watch some tuts on youtube. Do you want to master synthesis? then go do that. Something interested you in wanting to make music right? whatever it was go after it. Just cause it works some way for some dude doesn't mean it'll work for you. also theres a /prod/ thread go there