How to write music digitally

While the most difficult part of creating music is often taking those initial steps of create something from nothing, getting these ideas from paper or mind on to your computer should be a relatively simple process.

A DAW’s (digital audio workstation’s) primary function is to give the user an intuitive interface to record or write music and easy editing tools.

Depending on your background, you may want to pick up a MIDI keyboard. This will save you hours of drawing each note by note, instead being able to quickly tap out a melody or drum beat and make finer adjustments regarding timing after the fact. These needn’t break the bank, with many great options under £80.

There are many DAWs to choose from, see our top 5 pick here. Be sure to search for trials or lite versions to take a test run before shelling out $100-$200 on software you can’t get your head around.

Remember, YouTube is full of how tos detailing each function of every DAW there is. Be sure to spend plenty of time learning about mixing and mastering to get the best final product out of your masterpiece.

For more tips on how to take those initial steps of writing music, see our article on writing music.

Once it’s as good as possible, submit your music to all major stores and streaming services for free via RouteNote.

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