I've seen a few posts here regarding starting out, but don't think there was much advice on how to best proceed... Right, so as you might have figured out I'm a d&b fan - I love the liquid side of d&B and feel I could produce a few tracks of my own.
Some time ago I looked into the options available... Got Reason to play with, then Fruity Loops, etc. What I then learned was that producing a single track - especially when you know NADA about the software or the process of producing tracks - takes a LONG time... Eventually I gave up as I had other commitments and couldn't cope with everything.
This might be changing soon and I would love to get back to trying to get a decent sounding track... The problem is: I have no clue how to start. I have a mate who's a DJ and the way he does things in London clubs seems to be very different to what the likes of Danny Byrd or High Contrast do. I'll boil it down to a few questions:
1. How do you start? Is the use of software (e.g. Reason) the way pros do it?
2. Is use of software necessary? If so - what is the standard in the d&b industry?
3. Does one need to get equipment such as turntables, equalizers, etc.?
4. If such equipment is used - what is it used for? Can't the software do everything?
I'm well aware of my incompetence, but we all need to start somewhere... So yeah - answers, comments, recommendations of all sorts are most welcome.