Learn the basics of DTM

DTM Basics

In this day and age, it is now possible to create music with a single Mac, and even professionals are using DTM (desktop music) to create and release music.

Professionals and amateurs alike are composing and arranging music using the DTM that suits them best.

DTM is a very in-depth field, and it can take years to learn how to use it.

If you are using a Mac computer, it would be a waste not to learn GarageBand or Logic Pro and create your own original music.

Once you learn how to use them, you will be able to freely compose music, etc., so give it a try.

As I mentioned earlier, DTM stands for “Desktop Music” and is the basic term for using a computer to create music.

Therefore, when you create music on a Mac, you can replace the term “DTM” with “DTM music creation.

DTM is the image of creating music by editing external sound sources, your own sound sources, and MIDI sound sources.

You can start DTM as soon as you have a single computer, so if you are not sure, please research and find the right DTM for you.

If you are a Mac user, I definitely recommend GarageBand.

The reason is that it is easy to use and you can quickly move up to Logic Pro when you want to do higher grade editing.

Logic Pro is a one-rank higher software that allows those who are familiar with GarageBand to make professional-level adjustments.

GarageBand’s operation screen is also stylish and easy to read, so don’t hesitate to choose GarageBand.

What is DTM?

DTM is an abbreviation for “Desktop Music” and is used as a general term for music created on the desktop of a computer.

To create music on a computer, you need specialized software for that computer.

The software available will differ depending on whether you have a Mac or Windows.

Please consider whether or not you can easily create the music you want to make on your current computer or tablet, or on the computer or tablet you are about to purchase.

What is DAW?

One term that is often confused with DTM is DAW.

DAW is “Digital Audio Workstation” and is software dedicated to music production.

In the previous explanation, for Mac users, GarageBand and Logic Pro are “DAWs.

If you are a Mac user, open GarageBand, which you can use for free, and start your musical life.

Before starting DTM

Before starting DTM, GarageBand and Logic Pro come preloaded with a variety of sound sources.

If you want to make that sound source a little different, you can purchase additional sound sources with a wide variety of variations and put them into GarageBand or other software.

Some of the genres that DTM excels at include hip-hop, R&B, and hammering genres.

Even if you play live instruments, you can use an audio interface to record, compose, and arrange your own music.

Before starting DTM, decide what kind of music you want to make and choose a genre.

The way to create a song will vary from person to person, and there are 100 different ways to create a song for every 100 people.

It may be a good idea to decide comprehensively what kind of instruments you will use, whether you will use live instruments or not, whether you want to record vocals, and how far you want to go with the music at the beginning.

The equipment you will need will depend on the music you are aiming for, so before you start DTM, think about what you will need for the songs you want to create, and do it.

Equipment and instruments needed for the music you want to make

The equipment and methods you will need will depend on the songs you want to create and what you want to do.

When recording live instruments, some equipment is always necessary.

One piece of equipment that everyone who does DTM will need is an audio interface.

The role of this audio interface is to convert analog sounds such as guitar and bass into digital sounds.

With this audio interface, you can connect a microphone to record a song, or connect headphones to listen to and monitor your music.

If you are going to do DTM, this is a must-have piece of equipment, so be sure to choose the right equipment that you will not regret.

We will also introduce some equipment that will come in handy as you become more familiar with GarageBand and Logic Pro.

If you want to use keyboard instruments or MIDI input, synthesizers and MIDI keyboards are useful equipment to have.

The efficiency of your work will be totally different if you do not have these keyboard instruments.

Although GarageBand and Logic Pro have functions that allow you to convert a keyboard into a keyboard instrument in advance and type on the keyboard, it would be much faster to purchase a keyboard instrument for typing and recording.

If you want to make a sound source for a singing video or a live folk guitar performance, you will probably need a condenser microphone as well.

Compose music using Logic Remote

Some of the most powerful features exist in GarageBand and Logic Pro.

Do you have an iPhone or iPad?

You can control GarageBand and Logic Pro with your iPhone or iPad.

Simply download the Logic Remote app and use the same Internet connection (W i-Fi) as your GarageBand or Logic Pro to pair them instantly.

If you experience delays with the W i-Fi connection, we recommend using a USB cable.

This feature can be operated even when you are far away from the device, so there is no reason not to use it.

Even if you are recording at home and are recording or adjusting the volume alone, you can operate it from a distance, eliminating the tedious back-and-forth of returning to the computer to record, going to the recording location to record, returning to the computer again to stop, and so on.

Another appealing feature would be that even those who cannot play chords on the keyboard can easily type chords using the Logic Remote.

(1) Tap the triangle button on the Logic remote.

(2) Select the chord strip.

This will allow you to strike a chord immediately.

Please try to use it.

Summary of learning the basics of DTM

How was it?

If you want to start DTM and create music in the future, think once again about which DAW to use and make sure you have no regrets.

After all, you can create music using any DAW, but if you are using a Mac, I definitely recommend GarageBand and Logic Pro.

Since it is unlikely that Apple Inc. will go bankrupt, they will be software that you can continue to use for the rest of your life.

If you are not sure which DAW software to choose, go with GarageBand or Logic Pro.

See you soon.

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