Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Good and Bad of Computer Music Production

If you're a musically creative kind of person, you may have considered the possibility of making music on your own on a computer. These days, with computer technology as it now is, it's truly amazing what can be achieved just by one person and a minimal amount of equipment.

Low Cost
One of the main benefits of making music on a computer is the low cost involved. Once you have bought yourself some good music software, a good MIDI controller keyboard, and some good speakers, you're pretty much good to go. It's not like in the past where only big recording studios or very rich musicians were able to afford the big and expensive recording equipment and mixing desks.
Perfect for Control Freaks
Many creative people like to do things their own way and be in full control of the creative process. The problem with being in a band is that you have to compromise. Well, it's either that or one of you has to take control and boss the other band members around. When you make music on your own on your computer, you are in complete control and you don't have to compromise or rely on anyone else.
The down-side of making music on your own is that you don't get to interact and socialise with other band members like you would do if you were part of a band. There is something to be said for being creative with other people and being part of a team. Also, if a band works well together, they can often bring the best out in each other, and the end result will be the combination of the best musical qualities of each of the members.
Creativity at the Touch of a Button
With computers these days you have so many sounds and effects at the touch of a button. This is great if you don't want to waste any time. As soon as a musical idea pops into your head, you can start to bring it to life on the computer.
However, the down-side to this is that you can end up spending too much time sat in front of a computer, and this is not really a very inspiring place to be. By always being sat in the same room in front of a computer you can sometimes miss out on other creatively inspiring things. However, one possible way round this is to use a laptop, which would enable you to play around with computer music while you're outside, for example while sat in your garden.
Musical technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, along with computing power. This has broadened the scope for someone making music on their own in their bedroom on a low budget. However, we must not forget the importance of collaborating with other people and experiencing other creative environments and processes.
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