Quick Start Guide to Producing Electronic Music

Quick Start Guide to Producing Electronic Music.

This blog is designed to help you get started making music, whether you are a total beginner or a fairly experienced musician.

I am not interested in high-level philosophical debate about this genre of music; I just want to help you create it. What I am giving here is more like a drivers’ manual than an academic study of automobiles. If you want to learn the principles of music, there are many other courses on the market that will do that for you. If you want to know about the philosophy or history of electronic music, see my list of recommended books and videos, or ask on the forum. I don’t have any interest in teaching theory because I don’t think you need it if you want to make electronic music.

The Quick Start Guide to Producing Electronic Music is designed to help you get started making music with a computer as quickly as possible. I hope you find it useful!

This first post contains information about the various kinds of hardware you will need for producing electronic music. It may seem like a lot of gear, but don’t worry: you can get started with less than this, and add more stuff as your budget permits.

The second post covers software: what programs you need to produce electronic music, and some free options if your budget is tight.

The third post goes over the steps needed to make an electronic music track from start to finish, using the software mentioned in the previous post.

The fourth post talks about getting feedback on your work and finding an audience for your music. It also has a list of resources I’ve found helpful over the years.

This is a quick start guide to producing electronic music. I am going to tell you about some of the basics of producing electronic music, how to go about it, what you need and how you get started. The reason for that is that I get a lot of questions from readers on how to get started with producing electronic music.

So I decided to write a blog post about it. I am going to make it short and sweet, so that you can read it quickly and then get going. As with all these kinds of guides, this one is also geared towards beginners who are just getting started with producing electronic music.

I will focus on the software side (DAWs, plugins etc) and not so much on the hardware side of things (monitors, MIDI controllers etc). If you want more information on the hardware side of things, check out my blog post on that topic: A Quick Guide To Getting Your Home Studio Up And Running.

I hope you enjoy this quick guide and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below!

I’m more of a hobbyist musician than a professional, but I’ve been producing electronic music for the past 5 years or so. I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ve learnt enough to know what the essential beginner’s steps are that you need to make in order to start making music.

This website is a “Quick Start Guide” to producing electronic music – designed to help you get started as quickly as possible. It assumes no prior knowledge and takes you right from the basics of buying equipment to uploading your first track on Soundcloud.

The Quick Start Guide series has been running on my blog since 2010 and was originally intended for beginners like myself who bought their first piece of studio gear and then realised they had no idea how to use it. Over 100,000 budding producers have used it since then and many have gone on to release their own tracks or remixes on labels such as Toolroom, Anjunadeep, EMI and Hospital Records.

This site has now taken over from my blog as the home of the Quick Start Guide series.

I started producing electronic music in 2012. It has since become a passion of mine. I have learned a lot over the past few years and I want to share my knowledge with you!

There are tons of blogs that tell you about the latest music software or hardware, but few that explain the steps needed to be taken to start producing electronic music.

That’s why I’ve created this blog. I hope it will make your entry into the world of electronic music production easier!

About me: My name is Raphael and I live in Vienna, Austria. Currently, I’m studying computer science at the Vienna University of Technology.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me via email: raphael [at] quickstartguide [dot] net


This quick start guide will help you on your way to producing electronic music. I’ll show you what equipment to buy, how to use it and then how to take it all forward from there. This is a guide for people who want to get started making electronic music but don’t know where to start. It’s aimed at people with no experience at all. However, this is just a rough guide and I urge you to do further research into whatever catches your interest.


The first thing you need is a computer. Although it’s possible to produce electronic music with hardware only, most people use computer software because it’s so much cheaper and easier, as well as being more powerful than hardware alone. If you can afford it, the best computer for producing music is the Mac Pro because of its processing power and expandability, but if you’re on a budget then an iMac will work very well too. The next thing you need is speakers or headphones. If you’re using a laptop then the built-in speakers will be fine for now, but if you’re using a desktop computer then external speakers are essential if you want any chance of hearing what your music sounds like

My name is Adam Pollard, and this is my blog. I started producing electronic music in 2005, and since then I have been asked countless times how to get started. Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer to this question; however there are some guidelines which will make your journey easier. Therefore I have decided to write a series of blog posts that can serve as a quick start guide for those interested in the world of electronic music production.

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