How To Make Music On Your Computer Without Instruments

So in many of our posts, we encourage our readers to go out and buy equipment to help them make music in an easier fashion. If you are reading this, you are probably wondering how to make music on your computer without instruments. We will discuss that in this article!

Define your goals

So in order to make music on our computers without instruments, we should first define what our goals will be. Some examples of what I am talking about are:

  • What kind of music am I trying to make?
  • What is the genre?
  • How complicated is this piece of music going to be?
  • What DAW will I be using?
  • Can I use my typing keyboard as a “piano”?

So did you decide on your goals? Great! Let’s now cover what exactly we will need to make this happen.



First of all if you don’t have one, you are going to need a computer. With a computer, you can go two routes: Laptop or Desktop.

Go for a laptop if you are a musician who is on the go and wants to be able to make music in any environment.

Go for a desktop if you value having a lot of processing power and having a dedicated stationary machine for your music making.

You can read more about Laptops and Desktops in our guide here.

For your convenience, we added some recommendations:


2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage, 2.6GHz Intel Core i7) - Space Gray
  • Ninth-generation 6-Core Intel Core i7 Processor
  • Stunning 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M Graphics with GDDR6 memory
  • Ultrafast SSD
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, RGB Keyboard, PH315-53-72XD
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 5.0 GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC)
  • 16 GB DDR4 2933MHz Dual-Channel Memory, 512GB NVMe SSD (2 x M.2 slots; 1 slot open for easy upgrades) & 1 - Available Hard Drive Bay
  • 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard | Wireless: Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless-AX 1650i 802. 11ax Wi-Fi 6; LAN: Killer Ethernet E2600 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; DTS X: Ultra-Audio; 4th Gen All-Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan


iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Computer Desktop Trace 4 9310 (AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6GHz, AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 240GB SSD, Wi-Fi Ready, Windows 10 Home)
  • System: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6GHz (4.2GHz Max Turbo); 8GB DDR4 RAM; 240GB SSD; Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB dedicated graphics card; VR ready; Display connectors: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Connectivity: 4 x USB 3.0; 2 x USB 2.0; 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000; Audio: 7.1 Channel
  • Special Add-Ons: Tempered Glass RGB Gaming Case; 802.11AC Wi-Fi Included; 16 Color RGB lighting case; generic keyboard & mouse no bloatware
  • Warranty: 1 year parts & labor + free lifetime US tech support; Assembled in the U.S.A NOTE: Customers who run into issues with their systems are recommended to contact our Tech/Customer Support phone lines
2020 Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (27-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage)
  • 27-inch (diagonal) 5120-by-2880 Retina 5K display
  • 3.1GHz 6-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics
  • Ultrafast SSD storage
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports

The next requirement we have is our DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Your DAW is next up as a required item because this is how you will be able to make music on your computer without instruments.

In our current application, you should look for a DAW that has these attributes:

  • It’s easy to get into and learn
  • It’s easy to add notes, chords and scales with your mouse.
  • The graphical user interface is clean and easy to navigate since we will be doing a lot of clicking around.
  • It allows for you to play music via your typing keyboard.

For me, the DAW that checked all the criteria above was FL Studio. I have tried many DAWs but for me, I found FL Studio to be really easy to use and the most versatile.

Don’t believe me? Check out these videos below!

… as you can see, it’s possible!

Although there are other DAWS out there such as Ableton, Logic Pro X, Reaper, Pro Tools and so on FL Studio works for me so find out what works for you! I’ve provided some details on FL studio below if you are interested:

FL Studio 20 Fruity Edition Software (Boxed)
  • DAW, Digital Audio Workstation, Remix Software, EDM Production, FL Studio

Conclusion – How To Make Music On Your Computer Without Instruments

And literally thats it! Nothing else is needed except a computer and your DAW of choice. Are you currently making music without a midi keyboard or without instruments? Let us know in the comments!




Last update on 2021-04-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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