Writing music is one part of the package but thinking, planning out all instrumentation, what the vocals or harmonies will be structured like and importantly where in the stereo spectrum each of the finished parts will fall between the leftand right and middle of the music. When you have most of that figured out and everyone knows what their parts are you have to figure out which effects or ' plug-ins " as they are called which you'll be using. An example of a plug-in could be digital reverb and delay and compression or limiting. Any one single aspect or effect can take a lifetime to master But what does one do when theyare self-taught and there are no instructors around ? Answer; You Tube University!
In the picture above there are several distinct areas or tracks and each track has different instruments or vocals on them.
Bruce J Maier started out with a lite version of Pro Tools with "only" sixteen tracks of audio and unlimited MIDI tracks though now Bruce works with the latest full version of Pro Tools and 256 tracks of audio!
Bruce's studio also features.......
WAVES software " CLA EPIC " reverb and delay module - Steven Slate Drums 5.5
a model of the classic Tectronix LA 2A compressor/limiter
Native Instruments " Guitar Rig "
Andrew Schepps' OMNI Channel
Classic YAMAHA SY 85 ( keyboard controller )
KORG "NANOPAD 2" for triggering drum samples
BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC 1820 audio interface
M-AUDIO M-trak + audio interface
MARTIN D-35, FENDER STRATOCASTER, FENDER TELE, EPIPHONE ES 335 PRO, EPIPHONE LES PAUL ROYALE
TWO IBANEZ ELECTRICS
TAKAMINE AND FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS