Everyone should have hopefully gained a new skill or ten being stuck at home for some time now. Whether that be cooking, cocktailing, coding or whatever, there are so many things to do at home without needing any fancy equipment — like making music.
The go-to music production software for sound designers, producers and musicians of today is Ableton, and now they've made music production even more accessible for people in Asia. Recently Ableton Live became accessible in Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Korean, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
Alongside this, they have a website called Learning Music which teaches all the basic elements you need for making music — beats, notes and scales, melodies, basslines, chords and song structure. The interactive website also has built-in browser tools for you to make adjustments to your music ideas and introduces users to different tempos and genres to help better understand styles, as well as providing helpful demonstrations using song deconstructions from established electronic artists. It’s a great platform to let you play around with music before committing to getting any gear.
Learning Music is free, there’s nothing to install, and it works on any device with an internet connection.
For those who want to learn more about synthesizers, there is also the Learning Synths website which is also available in the above Asian languages.
But if you're really looking to take your productions to the next level, consider an instructor. Mixmag Asia is now running a 10-week music production course with Ableton and Hong Kong-based music producer Kavemura called Studio Steps, which is held online via Skype. If you're feeling lucky, we're giving away two spots worth $720 each. The giveaway will run until September 1, 2020. For more details, head here.