As composers, we live in an exciting and inspiring age as the rapid advancement of music technology has made some truly incredible tools available to pretty much anyone. A kid can compose and produce professional music on his computer in his bedroom, which is crazy awesome.
But navigating the ocean of hardware and software options can be a very daunting and seemingly overwhelming prospect for the beginner, as there are not only many great options out there but also many technical pitfalls just waiting for beginners to stumble into.
When I first began my journey composing on the computer in 2005, I found myself slogging through technical headache after technical headache, and felt like giving up countless times. Over the years, I've hard to learn the hard way, by scraping together whatever knowledge I could from wherever I could, and getting to where I am today has taken a lot longer than it could have. But beyond the technical stuff, I had absolutely no clue how to craft compelling performances with MIDI and Virtual Instruments, and had to experiment (fail) for many years before starting to make measurable progress.
Gratefully, there are way more resources for learning out there today that when I was first starting (including a lot of great free content), but finding it laid out in a systematic way that is organized to be helpful to the beginner is harder to come by.
This has led me to create the systematic, yet simple course on the art and craft of computer-based composing that I wish I'd had when I was first starting out on this journey.