Techno is a genre of music that has come into being as a result of the fusion of advancements in technology, improvements in musical instruments and finally, creativity of musicians. This type of music heavily depends on the rhythmic and synth section. You will be surprised to know that this is one of the most simplest type of music to compose. You just need the right resources and a bit of creativity. Making simple techno music can be an easy task, but creating complex rhythmic beat patterns is quite complicated. Nowadays, most of the time techno music is created by using a synthesizer, keyboard or a computer program. Professional DJs and sound engineers use state-of-the-art systems for music production though. In the following section of the article, we are going to discuss some tips to make your own techno music.
Using a Keyboard
Making techno music using a keyboard is the most ideal option for those who want to play around with the basics of music production. There are many good models of keyboards and synthesizers that you can buy and use for any type of music composition. These electronic instruments have certain music databases and a rhythm and synth section which have loops and effects that can be put into music patches for composing a track.
Beat and Tempo
Switch on the keyboard and access the music database and beats section. Browse through the beats available in the techno music category. You will find a variety of world and club beats. Choose a beat pattern for your song and then adjust the tempo with appropriate controls.
Main Synth Music and Theme
Now it is time to decide on the main music theme in the beat. Go to the synth music category and try out different patterns of electronic synth profiles. Select one you feel would be the best and note down the number of the effect.
A piece with only the beats and theme music would sound incomplete in a techno song. So, you need to include some additional effects and accents as well. Accents in a musical piece can be a sound of a different instrument or a stored music effect. You can add extra synth, sudden drum hits, and other fancy noises to make it more interesting.
Record the Music
Once you have the beat, synth, and additional accents; you can record the music. Normally, keyboards have a floppy drive or a USB connector that can help the musician store files onto a USB device or PC hard drive. Start the beat with a set tempo, keep playing the synth music and accents, and hit the record button. Keep at it till you have finished with the track you have thought of, and then stop recording. The track can be saved onto the storage media in the MIDI format. You can open these files in a MIDI-supported audio software and later convert them to MP3 for easy listening.
Using a Software
You can even make techno music using a good computer application that allows you to deal with patches and riffs of different musical instruments. The controls on these applications work in the same manner as that on a synthesizer. There are many good software such as AcidExpress, DUBturbo, Reaper, Podium, Mixcraft, and so on for producing music. In addition to creating a basic techno track, the latest software also allow you to add a wide range of effects to the track you are creating. You can choose from a variety of reverbs, loops, sustains, whammys, disc scratches, beat boxing, distortions, talk boxes, percussions, and many others. The steps in techno song or background music production on a software are mostly the same as those on the musical keyboard. It is just that the controls and effects might vary in types and numbers.
These are some steps to consider if you want to make techno at home. Professionals use much advanced systems and consoles to create beats and effects. Be it using keyboards or audio production software, these tools allow you to edit and modify beats and effects even on a running track. To play and store synth patches on a synthesizer, you need to be a little familiar with playing individual notes and chords on the keyboard.