How to Make Electronic Music Like a Pro in 10 Steps:
1. Decide What Type of Electronic Music You Want to Make
Most beginner producers have some inspiration that sparks the flame of the desire to start with electronic music production. In most cases this is some artist or style of music that gets you going. In some cases it may just be a love for music in general.
It's a good idea to know what type of music you want to make before you start to learn how to make electronic music. Why?
2 Main reasons:
- Different genres/styles have different workflows/go-to tools/communities/learning resources.
- Knowing what you want to produce means you’ll streamline your learning and progress as you'll hone in on the techniques and mindsets specific to the genre or style you want to produce. You'll also find the right communities and resources that'll help you accelerate your progress.
So, pick one, two or three genres or favorite artists to get a ballpark vision of what you want to achieve.
Now, of course you can learn how to make electronic music without doing this step but I'm sure you can by now imagine why taking this small step will make your learning and progress more efficient, effective and quicker.
Another sub-step here is to not only decide what type of music you want to make, but also to listen critically to your favorite artists and analyze as much as possible what makes the music great. This in itself is a skill that may take some time to master because at first you may not have the vocabulary to coherently express what you hear. Be patient, this will all get much easier as you continue to learn how to make electronic music and the concepts, terminology and techniques involved with the process.
Mike Senior has posted about the critical-listening and music production analysis over on Sound-on-Sound. This is an excellent place to start to learn how to do it.
So, in short, if you want to learn how to make electronic music like a pro producer, you have to learn to listen and think like a pro producer. That's how you learn to spot nuances in productions and in time you'll know why things either work or don't work as you produce your own music.