Get an audio interface like:
Focusrite Scarlett Solo ~$100
Because you're going to want low latency and it will also give you a good input for recording when you want to start recording audio.
Get a midi keyboard:
Nektar 49 $84
Learn how to play piano and also learn music theory. There is no work around to learning music theory other than learning it intuitively, but I think learning it in a structured format will take you farther faster. There is no music without music theory. Music is all math based on a specific formula that has been more or less unchanged for 100s of years including electronic music except for the most experimental stuff.>>21658
I use Ableton. I dabbled with FL a little before learning Ableton but it never clicked with me. Ableton is so simple for me all the shortcuts and how the clips and timeline and everything else work. Like I hate pro tools so much by comparison. So much more infuriating trying to manipulate the timeline with Pro Tools IMO but maybe I never studied it enough. Each producer swears on a different DAW, Ableton, Reason, Logic, FL Studio, just try them all and see which one clicks with you because they are all capable of the same things, just different interfaces.