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How do I produce music?

I am 10 years old and write music. I use garage band and Logic X Pro. Is there a better way to do this? #music-industry #music-production #music-education


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Margaret’s Answer

Both programs you are currently using are excellent for music production. Keep using those programs for now and watch YouTube tutorials/read online articles about tips and tricks on how to use those programs in different ways that suit your sound. Show your friends and family your music to get personal feedback but also make sure you're producing music that YOU like and not what you think others may like. And most importantly, keep practicing your production, record any idea for music you have, and don't give up!

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Kyle’s Answer

Hi!

I'm glad you've got some tools to start writing your own music! In fact, you have some of the best tools available. Logic is used by professionals around the world and has produced a lot of music that you hear on Spotify or the radio. If you haven't already downloaded the extra sample libraries that are available, I highly recommend doing so. There are so many gigabytes of free samples that are included with Logic that can provide you with nearly every kind of virtual instrument (VIs) - and most of them sound pretty good! If you're like using these VIs, there's an unlimited supply of virtual instruments you can buy and, while it's always better to have a real person playing a real instrument, these VIs sound amazingly close to the real thing. There's a lot of technical details with computers and software that can start to get complicated but Logic makes everything pretty easy. There's also other programs besides Logic (Pro Tools, Ableton, etc) that do different things perhaps better or worse than Logic. Having a solid knowledge of midi helps a lot.

Which brings me to my main point - don't get stuck on all these details. Continue to write songs so you get better even if you don't fully understand everything about Logic. Having the best tools in the world won't make a bad song become good. A lot of songs from major artists start as recordings on their phone. If you write a good song then it can be made to sound great using Logic or many other tools. However, if it's a bad song (weak lyrics, unsophisticated structure or form, a bad hook, little emotion, etc) then it doesn't matter how much you make it sound pretty - it'll still be a bad song.

Maybe check out this blog. It's got some great people talking about how they wrote some of their biggest hits.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/diaryofasong

Good luck! I hope I'm able to hear something that you write someday!

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Angel’s Answer

These are really good to start with. Millions of people use garage and logic pro and are successful. If you feel stuck try watching tutorials on YouTube. Remember it is about the mechanic, not the tools. Stick with it!

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Khanh’s Answer

I think you can use DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like FL Studio or Ableton, of course you need to pay for this. Its absolutely good and very esay to use (about 99$ for pro version). You can find some Free DAWs aswell. First, if you want to make music, the most important thing you need to learn is MUSIC THEORY (Theory of Music). If you have any question, ask me noww!!!!!

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Paul’s Answer

Hi Lion. You've picked two of my favorite programs for this purpose. So you have the tools, the next thing will be getting the knowledge you need to do good work.

You're probably already aware of this, but did you know you can use Garageband as a "sketch pad" for ideas, then open those sessions in Logic? It's designed that way so you can rough out ideas in a simpler interface, then go to Logic for more power and control. I did an entire album with a student who sketched nearly everything in Garageband, which was finished in Logic.

My best suggestion is learn about music. Learn chord progressions, song structure, learn about instruments and how they sound. Music is a lifelong education, and you never stop learning. It's a fun field, but a difficult one to get establish. You've started young, which is terrific for a long-standing career.

Good luck!

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