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For so long, there’s been a really big divide between wanting to create music and being successful as an artist. Being able to make it big and simultaneously follow your passions involved as much luck as it did skill, and you can forget being an “indie” artist. That was out of the question unless you wanted to go years without being discovered. If you wanted to make music on your own, there weren’t any options — your visions would just stay locked in your brain.

But with the technological advances of the present day, that’s all changed. We have stumbled upon a treasure trove of unimaginable potential. Here are some of the best programs on the market to get you started on your creative journey:

ABLETON LIVE:

Ableton is the most powerful program on the market for sampling purposes, beat making and a multitude of effects that all provide massive creative potential. Ableton is a program designed for the artist who enjoys tinkering with and modding every bit of their sound like a mad scientist until they get the right effect, synth or beat.

However for some this may be a double edged sword. Such a large array of options comes with an extremely steep learning curve, one that might intimidate beginners, but once you understand it, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

It’s for this reason that Ableton is so widely used and praised by artists like Daft Punk, who owe a lot of their success to programs like Ableton. For most of their history, they’ve been using the program to create most of their discography and hits like Get Lucky.

The standard version Ableton Live 9 is priced at EUR 349 and you can get it directly from their website.

LOGIC PRO X:

In a nutshell, Logic Pro is the standard Garageband program but on steroids. Created and distributed by Apple, Logic is definitely the more “retro” platform of the two, with an interface that clearly owes a lot in terms of design to the mixing consoles of old school recording studios. This obviously means that Logic’s strength lies in the mixing and mastering process. The beauty of Logic Pro lies in how easy it is to just plug in, press record and play, and with thousands of effects presets,  you can easily mould your instrument to sound exactly how you want it to. No glamour or flashy gimmicks, just straight to the point music making.

Logic Pro X is priced at EUR 199,99 and can be bought directly from the apple website.

HONORABLE MENTION: GARAGEBAND

It is impossible to have a conversation about music making software and not bring up Garageband. Although it is not as powerful as the two programs mentioned above, Garageband is often the stepping stone, or entry level software for those looking to learn more about music production. So if you’re not willing to drop large sums of money, or you just want to tinker around with the 1000s of loops and create a simple tune, Garageband is the program to pick.

Great news! Garageband comes pre-installed on all OS X machines. No purchasing of any kind is needed.

With so many programs to choose from, we have a limitless number of possibilities at our hands, and this applies to the world outside of music too. Our generation is not bound by the old world shackles of accessibility. With the help of the internet and the programs mentioned above, we’ve torn down the barriers and challenges that the previous generations struggled with.

So get out there and create. There’s no excuse not to.

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