I want to learn music but dont know any basics and dont have any instruments. Is it possible for me to learn from DAW.

  • It is, as long as you have a way of playing the built-in instruments "live", like a keyboard or an MPC-style drumpad, or preferably something which combines the two. The easiest DAW is probably Reason. Buy second-hand and/or older versions if your budget is limited. – Your Uncle Bob Feb 25 at 18:16
  • @YourUncleBob Any alternative for Windows PC? – Akram Feb 26 at 15:16
  • Reason is available for both Mac and Windows. I'd suggest starting with a second hand copy of version 4, which just has a couple of synths, samplers, effects, and a basic mixer, with a simple layout and workflow; or version 5 if you want to record audio tracks. (Later on they integrated the sequencing and audio recording, and added a more sophisticated mixer and plug-ins, and things got more complicated.) And get something like the M-Audio Code 25 or Alesis VI 25. – Your Uncle Bob Feb 26 at 20:22

It's probably possible to learn just from using a DAW, but I wouldn't think it would be the easiest way to learn. Most DAW software isn't at all suitable for beginners and doesn't 'help' you a lot - DAWs are complicated and you need a lot of knowledge in music and sound engineering to be able to get them to do what you want.

Also, most people who use DAW software do use an instrument - e.g. a MIDI controller such as a MIDI keyboard - to play in the sequences that they are making. The alternative is just to enter notes with the mouse in the DAW, and this can work, but I wouldn't want that to be my only way to get notes in.

If you're really a beginner, I wouldn't personally recommend starting with a DAW. One way to begin might be to start with learning the keyboard, which is a good instrument to know for composers. Or if you want to dive straight in with making beats, why not look at getting a sequencing sampler like an Akai MPC, or a Korg Volca sample, or a Elektron Model:Samples ? All of these will probably be more fun, focused, and easier to use for a beginner. You could probably even get an app for your phone or iPad that has similar functionality for beat making.

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