Looking to make a career change, and considering doing something with music…which is probably completely idiotic because I have next to no musical talent or experience. The only thing I guess you could say is I ‘think’ I have a decent ear for music…kind of like you can hear how the direction in a song is going before it gets there. I really enjoy electronic music - not necessarily the ‘electronic’ music style persay, but moreso sounds, notes, etc that can be computer generated. I’m actually very good with computers (so at least I’ve got one thing going for me)!
The reason I’d like to make this career change is music has been one of the few things I’ve experienced in this world that has helped me work my way through some extremely tough times with Depression. The inspirational music I’ve heard from some of the authors here on audio jungle has been incredible to listen to. I’m also a big fan of some of the stuff other composers have done - like Tony Anderson. If you haven’t heard his stuff before, you can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHuUJqNsezg It will also give you guys a better idea of what I mean by ‘electronic’ music. He superbly melds the piano with these ensnaring notes and tones in the background. I’d really like to learn how to do something similar over the next few years.
I would like to start out with this as a hobby to begin with, and if I find I have a knack for it…pursue it full time. So my first question is, where do I begin? Right now, I’ve got a few microphones (I’ve done a few voice overs), a set of yamaha electronic drums, 2 ukulele’s, and a partridge in a pear tree. I’ve got a pretty boss computer server I’ve built myself that should work well as a recording platform. Beyond that, I’ll have to buy the other stuff I need. I’ve loved the piano for years, and so we’re considering a grand piano…but wanted to check here first because I know the piano is pretty important when working with this type of stuff - so maybe some type of electronic piano is the way to go? If we did get a piano, I’ll be taking lessons to hopefully get up to speed sooner rather than later.
What else is recommended? A hardware mixing board or would a software board work? What other equipment/instruments would you guys recommend to a noob committed to doing this over the long term? I’ve got 2 very young boys, and I’ve always wanted a home filled with music so hopefully they’ll take an interest as well - so I’m not afraid to spend a little cash, but like I said…I’d like to start at the hobby/semi-economic level prior to diving in headlong. Hopefully, $5k (which is what I originally budgeted for a used grand) could help at least get me started?
Thanks for any tips/advice!