What do you need for home music production? We're going to assume you've got a Mac/PC already (the Launchpad works with the iPad too) with some USB inputs. We would also advise picking up a simple audio interface as the quality of on board soundcards can vary but it's not essential. Once those basics are covered it's all about getting the right DAW, loading up some synths and twiddling as many knobs as you can get your hands on.
- Ableton Live 9 Into - Much loved by nearly all electronic musicians performing live. Rock solid, fast, flexible and it comes loaded with built in effects and sounds to get you started.
- Arturia Minilab MIDI Controller - You'll want keys for playing synth, pads for beats and knobs to tweak things for your own sound. Luckily Arturia have provided all three in one package. Oh and delivered a whopping 5000+ sounds from their popular range of analogue synth & drum machine emulations. It's already configured to work with the Analog Lab software so there's no lengthy setup, install, plug and play!
- Novation Launchpad Mini - It's not easy to explain just how the Launchpad grid controller has changed the way people make computer music in Ableton. Easier to just look at the awesome video below. It also gives you access to another feature popular with the top electronic dance producers, touch screen control. This used to cost a small fortune but thanks to the iPad and the clever folks at Novation this is available to a much bigger range of musicians.
Live represents a different way of thinking about computer music production. Designed from the ground up as a creative tool with an intuitive interface and great workflow. Use Live for production, programming, mixing, recording or indeed as part of your LIve setup, with rock solid stability and flexibility you can develop your ideas without interruption or limitation.
Trigger samples, set arrangements on the fly and mix intuitively with the Launchpad, out the box integration with Ableton and FL Studio. Use the 64 Launch Pad and 16 performance buttons to interact with your Mac, PC or iPad as a true computer instrument.
Comes with professional sounds and an inspirational interface for real music making on the iPad. You can easily tuck both iPad and Launchpad into a backpack for capturing inspiration on the move.
A complete MIDI and synth solution, crammed with features and included Analog Lab software. With 16 encoders, 8 pads and over 5000 synths sounds few packages can offer so much at such a low price. Of course the Minilab controller is all setup and ready to tweak the Analog Lab software, so no hassle setting up to play.