What do I need to make music?
AGuru thinks you should buy a zither or a balalaika. But Guru’s editors insist that obscure stringed instruments do not fit the category of ‘gadget’, so he’ll make a slightly more sensible suggestion: get a MIDI keyboard. That’s the only thing you’ll need to start your computer belching out sounds. There are countless free VST synths, and a number of DAWs available too – make Pro Tools First your first (arf) port of call.
Don’t entirely cheap out on it. A better keyboard gets you pads and sliders to play with too. Look for pressure sensitivity and aftertouch and get at least 61 keys. M-Audio’s Oxygen 61 (£139) is adequate, and comes with software too.
ABOVEA MIDI is all you need to make some glorious music. What do you mean you prefer the violin?