just a theory: “hello, i like music” is a simple statement which demands simple replies… “what softwares are you using” is an open question and the reply is a poem, this might discourage peple to join the conversation i believe…
…and here is my poem:
you can definitely produce music (in many different genres and styles) with software only: software that anybody can simply purchase/install without additional tools. Mike Verta used to say “all you need is a laptop and a pulse”. However, some pieces of hardware (e.g. external controllers, soundcard) might be necessary at some point.
The very first step is to purchase a DAW (digital audio workstation), this is meant to be the core of your computer-based production and it will merge all your sound sources (whether they are vocals, external instruments or virtual intruments) into a consistent workflow. There are many DAWs out there, most of them are suited for Win/Mac either and some have entry-lever releases that can be a good starting point (e.g. Cubase Elements).
Whatever the DAW, you will find good enough built in sound sources (virtual instruments and samples). It’s very hard to give advice on DAW choice, i am a Steinberg user and i fell in love with Cubase workflow the very first moment i saw it/tried it, if you have friends who make music you could have a look at their setup, otherwise you will find many walktrough videos and reviews on YouTube…i could have a look at them and see what DAW inspires you, you can always switch to a different one in a second time (most people do it). AudioJungle composers use Cubase, Logic, ProTools, Ableton, FL Studio, Studio One and many others…
How to get started? You are a PhotoShop user and you are certainly able to import a MIDI file into your software and see how it’s done (some information on the MIDI protocol), YouTube tutorial might be another helpfuk resource.
At a certain point you might wish to purchase new sounds, again: whatever the DAW you will find separate additional soundsets (sold as plug-ins) that you can use within the main software. There are too many option and AJ users might have all sorts of advanced plug-ins, depending on the musical style of their productions… there are synthesizers (e.g. Zebra, Massive, etc…not my field of experties), drums (EW ProDrummer, EZ Drummer, etc…), orchestral ones (Vienna Symphonic Library, Spitfire Audio and many, many others).
If that’s your first time and you are not sure, please have a look at this free online DAW Audiosauna, it does have limited features but it’s a good way to start drawing notes into the MIDI-Key editor (as you shall do within your software) and it’s fun.
Is that helpful?