I own a Korg Kaoss Pad 3, and a Kaossilator Pro, I am thinking of buying a MIDI keyboard and anything else necessary to create a home studio for myself. First thing I need to know is, do I need some kind of sound interface in order to connect the tools to each other. What sound interface would be useful for this? Also is a computer absolutely necessary to make electronic music? If so for what exactly? Lastly what would you recommend or what would you buy to improve a home studio for electronic music?
1) No it is not absolutely necessary for you to have a computer to make electronic music. But these days it is so simple and cheap to make music on the computer, that you’d limit your potential by using dedicated tools. Composing, Sequencing, Mixing, mastering is all so easy on a computer as compared to not using it. There is NO artist or amateur enthusiast that I know of that makes all their electronic music without using a computer ever.
2) For efficient audio processing, you will need a ASIO driver. Yes you can resort to free ASIO alternatives like ASIO4All. But a much better solution would be buy an audio interface. A good audio interface comes with stable manufacturer ASIO drivers. More so the the audio interface gives you ability to hook up many sources of sound to it and gives you multiple input/output options. It can also send clean signal easily to studio monitors/headphones or other outputs.
3) Which brings me to my next point. You can use headphones sure. But using monitors is any day better. You will be able to produce songs of much higher quality with studio monitors rather than headphones.
Anyway these are my list of things that I would buy, in decreasing order of importance.
DAW (like ableton live, FL studio or logic)
Sound Banks (which will give you more creative options)
Headphones (optional, but useful at times)
Additional computer screen, (for more screen real estate)
Acoustic Foam (optional, for me accurate sound)
Most of all perseverance. I have seen countless people who think making electronic music is a piece of cake. You need a musical mind, willingness to gain technical know-how and sit with your music for hours. If you want good music, you need to be there for the long haul.