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What kind of software/equipment/stuff do I need to get hold of?
Apart from a microphone, obviously. And some talent.
and a microphone
that transforms your voice into a silly robot style
That's not very complicated at all.
Although are there any special things for making funny electronic noises as well?
is fairly necessary..
software-wise it depends just what you intend on making..
A short list:
1) Audio editing software. This includes vitual multitrack mixer, sound processing options and the means to shift things around and splice them up in real time without destroying what you've done. This is useful for recording actual instruments and tweaking the sound of music you've constructed elsewhere. Examples of this include Cubase, Sonar or Adobe Audition. I prefer Auditon because it's simple n shit.
2) Sound card. The one that came with your computer might not cut it. You will need one that offers low latancy - that is when you try to send stuff into it, there's no lag, it doesn't cause your computer to complain and you don't lose data consequently. One that comes with an external break-out box is also handy since they come with non-standard extra imputs like line in/out, coaxial and phono inputs. And best of all - a port you can plug a guitar lead or a microphone straight into without having to buy an adaptor (which compromises the sound).
3) Doing electronic stuff? Something that features a step sequencer you might find a use for: Programs like Fruity Loops and Reason have what you need to put together lots of samples together to make nice-sounding drum or audio loops, which you can then alter or muck around with until they sound right. Also useful as a pure drum machine - grab ahold of some drum samples and put them together as if they were a real drummer. Now you don't have to deal with these objectionable bastards again! (no offense, drummers)
4) Recording guitars and other acoustic instruments: You will need a direct box or DI. Plugging guitars and microphones straight into a soundcard not designed handling the high impedence of such devices will result in horrible sounding shit. This sorts that out. Different boxes relate to different instruments - one designed for a guitar might not work too well with a bass, so think about that if you choose to get one.
I think that should do for now. If I remember something else, I'll be back.
Thats what I do. Mbox covers pretty much everything if your looking for laptop recording (only 2 inputs, so hard to get a good drum sound, but thats where you get a drum machine. Good for guitars etc) and its got midi so you can plug keyboards in. You also get pro tools LE free with the mbox. Its good for editing and making final mixes and stuff.
Ableton live has pretty much everything in it. Synth, drum machines, sequencers, loopers, effects etc. Its great.