As EDM and dance music in general gains in popularity, some children may prefer to learn how to produce beats than to play piano or guitar. Some producers are hitting the scene as young as 17 or 18. Take Bondax for example – a pair of young guns who are currently tearing up the house scene.
What does it take for a kid to become a professional EDM producer? What do they need to achieve to take the big step from professional DJ to producer? There are a few things to consider. Does your kid want to be an EDM producer? 6 tips that you need to know.
1. Get Them a DAW
Start by getting them a DAW (digital audio workstation). There are various types of software to choose from at various prices. Bitwig is a good beginner option, as is the entry-level version of Abelton Live. Both of these DAW brands offer free demos, so there is no commitment to outlay money if it doesn’t turn into something serious. And who knows, Mum and Dad might jump on, start turning knobs and tweaking filters!
2. A MIDI Controller
The next step is to get a MIDI controller keyboard, so the child can learn some basic scales and chords – something that even an adult professional producer worth their salt should take some time to learn. A good MIDI controller will have keys as well as some MIDI-mappable pads and knobs to easily control the DAW.
This could work the other way around of course, with keyboard lessons coming first – then followed by the purchase of a DAW. However a DAW gives access to software instruments.
3. Studio Monitors or Headphones
The next step is a small pair of studio monitor speakers or some headphones – so the child can listen to their wild beats, and so they can share them of course! However to start with, standard PC speakers work just as well.
4. Free Online Resources
The Internet is full of resources for the budding EDM producer. There are free piano lessons and scale finders , as well as YouTube tutorials on synthesis, drum loop creation, and a wealth of other information for anyone wanting to learn production and synthesis techniques.
5. Software Instruments
Although most DAWs have some in-built instruments, there is also a host of VST instruments available that operate as third-party plug-ins. Some cost a fair bit, but there are heaps of free ones available such as Synth1 and TAL-Noise Maker. With just a few of these, any child wanting to produce EDM will be ready to create some cranking drops and groovy basslines.
6. Have Fun!
Music is meant to be enjoyable, so make sure that any child who wants to be an EDM producer thoroughly enjoys the journey!