Let me guess: You want to make your music sound as good as it truly deserves. You want to get your music out there so that people can hear it in all it’s glory. Maybe you want to find out if making music really is your true calling. Maybe you already know, and want to find ways to get your craft to the next level. Whether you’re trying to find your way or really want to step up your game, I’ll try to give some advice, or at least some valuable and useful pointers.
If you feel you need to sharpen your skills, then it could be a good idea to take a course or two.
Do you plan to produce your music from start to finish at home? Then you probably need a good DAW. Most modern DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) comes with a comprehensive range of built in effects, of good quality. If you’re just starting out, then it’s a good idea to try out the included effects first, and really learn how to use them. They are intended to be generally suited for a broad range of musical styles (consisting of different sonic material) and are generally seamlessly integrated into the DAW.
All modern DAW’s also support plugins. There’s an abundance of plugins to chose from, both free ones and premium products. Most plugins are effects (intended for use as inserts or on a bus) but there are also spectrum analyzers/visualizers, documentation/comments plugins etc.