In this class, we are going to quickly walk you through some of the more daunting options behind getting started with producing electronic music. This class is designed as a "primer" for anyone interested in starting to produce, but are at a loss for what equipment to buy, what software to buy, and how to set it up.
I'll walk you through some of the more popular options for software and hardware, as well as how to setup and configure everything once you get your hands on it.
And I'll even show you some tricks to get started with some of the more popular options of software inexpensively or even free!
A little about us, where we come from, and our classes.
First up: What you need for hardware (it isn't much!)
Next up: Software! What your options are, and what I recommend.
Some of the key differences in software.
Software can be expensive, but there are a few (completely legal) ways to get started on Ableton Live for free and/or cheap.
Now that we have Ableton Live, let me walk you through the installation process.
Now for the big one: In this video we will go through a bunch of setup things to get you all ready for success.
You are now up and running! But you might not realize that we installed a few full tracks on your computer, so lets open those up and start playing around.
J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.
J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.
J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.
If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)