In this day and age, with the ubiquity of computers (chances are, you’re reading this article on one), more and more people are creating art digitally. Music is no different. The home studio has transformed from a mainly hardware-based structure to a virtual modular set-up. You can literally spend $0 and have the tools required to make a great techno remix.
As a music lover and virtual studio advocate, it pains me to see the vast majority of my fellow techno-heads not even try to make their own mixes, let alone create original techno or other electronic music. The solution? People must be made aware of the ease with which they can mix, remix, and compose techno, dance, or whatever style they’re into. Three things are important when it comes to setting up a virtual “soft-studio” (a music studio comprised entirely of virtual instruments, mixes and sound sources). These are:
1. Output. By this I mean the speakers. Using headphones can give you a great advantage when it comes to mixing something with accuracy. Mixing is basically putting instruments and drums into their respective places so everything sounds good together.
2. Mixing application. The mixing software is important especially when pursuing a career as a virtual DJ. You must feel comfortable with manipulating the software controls and with finding, mixing and matching the tracks in your library. This is the most important choice when it comes to being a hardware-free DJ. (You may still need some hardware later on to really have the computer seem like an extension of your body.)
3. Raw material. “What does he mean?” What do I mean? I mean the necessary audio files required to make unique, powerful remixes. Acapella audio tracks and a beat: mix these two and you have a remix.
It’s not always as easy as this, though. Many people experienced in the art of remixing know it takes time to really get things going. The intuition that experience builds is really essential. Perhaps this should have been one of the essential ingredients.