But Ive recently squabbled together two synths and a sampler for cheap and If I want to keep prices down and I'm gonna have to take the plunge and figure at least a little DAW functionality for midi triggering and general layout. I took a Logic class in highschool but it was primarily focused on mixing and virtual instruments
You have to work with other people though. That's also why I struggle with the thought of working on a film. Imagine being a writer or director, having this great vision, then you have to rely on hundreds of people to actually make it happen. Maddening.
Big plus of other people is they silence the internal censor. Something may not work for you, you might not 100% believe in it, but the belief of others can force you pass that block. And same with things you might be curious about and waste tons of energy on but dont because others say 'this isnt working lets move on.' Do wonder what its like to be so adept youre an auteur though, knowing exactly what and how to craft every detail
When I downloaded reaper I spent 3 solid days excitedly making elaborate short cuts for everything and messing around with macros and then started making a track which went nowhere and never touched it again.
I was shown how to use Reason in a couple of hours. The basics. But once you've got those down it's so easy to use. I absolutely loved it at first, it was really fun and satisfying, and then it started becoming one of those things where you're kicking yourself for being shit and I never quite got out of that mindset.
I've been thinking about it a lot reading this book of Francis Bacon interviews, oddly enough. He talks a lot about how accident plays a role in painting and how a painting never turns out as you planned. That was my experience of making music, it was all guiding accidents.
FL's perhaps the easiest to use. The stuff that's really fiddly is anything like Max or Pure Data. You just spend ages drawing little diagrams, typing in commands etc then eventually get a sequence of tones you could have gotten instantly by playing a default patch in basically any stock software synth.
I was about to say - Music 2000 is probably the most intuitive and excellent starter interface I ever used and set me up nicely for everything else I've ever used for production and DJing in my bedroom. I really want to do a gig which consists of me on stage with my portable combi telly plugged into the speakers, loading up my memory card, it would be performance art