I’ve been in the psytrance/GOA/dub/ambient scene for quite some time now but i feel it’s time to make my own contribution but when i look at your hard & software at your page (ottsonic) i go slightly mad.. What’s the recommended hardware to buy if you wanna start up your own music project and software, are there any other tips, hints or tricks for newbies like me if you wanna become a DJ???
thanks in advance
Well, im not Ott ( ^^ no shit! ), but anyways - i feel that im capable of providing you with good answer.
If you want to spin records, just buy a shitload of music you`d like to spin, buying two cdj-decks and decent mixer just to get started would be essential also. I would not recommend you to buy anything too cheap, since there is nothing more efficient way of killing inspiration and enthusiasm than a shitty gear which makes you feel that nothing is working.
But, more importantly - you need patience and time - practice, practice and practice! thats the only way to get forward.
If you want to start on producing your own music, you will need atleast a computer ( well, this is the setup i first started with, cradually investing on several synths, studiomonitors, and stuff like that ), along side with computer you will need a good soundcard ( not internal shitstem )
Here is my personal studio setup.
Cpu ( Guite old, dates back about 4 years, needs update ), soundcard ( m-audio firewire 1814 ), Yamaha hs80m monitors, clavia nordlead 2x, virus c and roland jp8000. Good headphones and few microphones. On the organic side, i have good quality electro acoustic hanging here on my wall.
Just to make my point, of all that stuff - just to get started you need that cpu and soundcard - and if you invest in a good soundcard with ability to support midi, and that has several out/inputs, will give you a bit space of upgrading for synths and plugging in mics and synths cradually.
Then, pick out software ( i wont recommend any of them, since there would be debate about that then ^^ ), tryout several programs, and pick out the one you fancy - you can upgrade about any daw ( software ) with different plugins, and load tons of samples to get started. Only software i know that cant support vst-instruments is Reason, and if i dont remember hugely wrong, even the fourth version did not bring that ability for it.
I hope this answered some of you guestions - if there is something you feel that is still blurred and you want it clarified, i can try my best to answer it.
Even… that.. im.. not… OTTTTTTTTT. ;P