Easy Music Creation with Music Maker Loops

There’s a certain editor for music that uses loops, it’s called Music Maker.The software comes with sample loops that you can use to create your tracks. Music Maker loops are features that make it extremely easy for you to start your song writing career just by using this software.

Before innovations like Music Maker loops were invented, we were all quite clueless about how to start creating songs. With this function, you can easily come up with great songs without spending a lot of time thinking of a good loop!

Here’s what you can do as soon as you get the software: create a sequence and add new sounds, then build your first arrangement into a loop or a series of loops. You can imagine just how many sounds and beats you can pump out in a jiffy just by using this program.

A MIDI keyboard is the next thing to purchase when you have your Music Maker because it will let you create more sounds!

It’s amazing how technology has helped us all create these loops. The Music Maker loops are extremely useful if you’re looking for a quick way to make good music.

One way to begin using the Music Maker is to simply experiment with all the loops one after the other.

When choosing from the Sound Pools palette you don’t need to concern yourself with problems such as pitch or tempo, which might be really daunting if you are new to loop creation. The Music Maker loops are made in a way that they are automatically synchronized almost all the time.

When you get the hang of it, it’s time to challenge yourself by turning off the easy mode and starting from scratch. It might take some time to get a handle on the manual controls and synthesizer features, but it’s well worth your time as it will make your music so much better in the long run.

It takes most of us, the seasoned and the beginners, quite some time when playing with a new program, to create anything worth exporting. But hang in there!

You can edit the sound easily just by pushing this or that button. Sharing your music with the world is also a breeze because of the export functions in the Music Maker.

Convert your music into MP3 or upload the tracks straight into a video sharing website like YouTube.

 

Electronic Music Software ( Three Low Budget Options)

Electronic Music Software can be quite expensive, especially a decent one, which is capable of producing the same sounds and beats that get steady airplay on mainstream radio stations. Whether you are just starting out, or if you are simply on a low budget, and have no desire to spend a fortune on a software, finding a well-priced product becomes an important step. This article presents you three programs, which I have considered as good bargains, due to the relatively low price and high value that they deliver.

DUBturbo

DUBturbo is probably one of the “cheapest” electronic music software opportunities there is. While it may not be the most appropriate digital audio workstation for more acoustic music styles, its MIDI-oriented layout and the selection of instruments make it ideal for electronic music. Whether you want to produce rap, techno, or hip-hop – DUBturbo contains a variety of loops, effects, and tools that are necessary for those styles.

One of the limitations of this software is that it can only operate a maximum of 16 simultaneous tracks per project. However, you will unlikely need more when sticking to the formerly mentioned electronic music genres. So, if you are looking for a less complicated tool for putting together high quality beats, then DUBturbo contains a large collection of features for a comparatively low price.

FL Studio

FL Studio is another electronic music software that harbours all the applications and instruments needed for electronic music production. While being more simple to use than the majority of similar programs, it is still somewhat more complicated than DUBturbo. On the other hand, FL Studio has no limits in terms of simultaneous tracks, letting you produce dance music that requires 16 or more simultaneous tracks.

Also, be aware of the fact that FL Studio has several differently priced versions, depending on the amount of additional plugins and attributes included. But the basic version is rather cost-wise and contains all the essential tools. Another positive thing about FL Studio is the large amount of online support available to its users.

Reaper

Reaper has probably the longest learning curve, since the workflow is not as intuitive as in the two previous programs. The second downside of Reaper is that it has no loops or sample libraries to start with, so that you will have to find those separately.

However, the program itself is powerful, allowing you to perform all the necessary tasks related to MIDI, samples, and audio. One big advantage of Reaper is its demo version – it has almost no limitations compared to the paid version, so that you can get a very accurate idea of what this program is all about. It is difficult to find another electronic music software that enables you to use the entire range of its possibilities without paying for it first.

 

Home Music Recording: Seven Common Mistakes

With the developments in technology today, it has been easier than ever to ditch the expensive recording studio, and record high quality music right at home. Unfortunately, many who choose to make music at home make many amateur mistakes that lower the quality of their music. Below are a couple of important tips of how to avoid the 5 most common mistakes in home recording.

1.) Be aware of your room- The room that you are recording will have a major effect on how your recording sounds. You will want to record in a room that does not create lots of echoes. Hint: your living room is much better than the garage.

2.) Don’t overdo you mixing – many amateur recorders tend to get really crazy with the signal processing, this especially applies when it comes to the effects. Start off slow and build from there, to many effects typically annoy the general listening artist.

3.) Watch those gain levels – When you record make sure you are not recording to high or low with your gain levels. It will be much more difficult later, when mixing, to control the quality of the sound input. Typically, gain levels between 45-60% are appropriate.

4.) You are only as strong as your weakest component – Remember you will want to use or rent better quality equipment for recording. After all, how good would a Paul Reed Smith guitar sound coming out of a Crate practice amp? (the answer is not very good). Make sure your equipment can create and make the sounds you want.

5.) Tune your Instruments Perfectly – Most artists who come to you will not have any idea how important perfect tuning is. Have a high grade instrument tuner handy to make sure all your instruments are in good working order.

6.) Use that metronome – Get a metronome, or at least make sure if you are recording live drums that they have one! It is important to keep you music at a consistent tempo when recording with multiple tracks. If you do not follow the beat and tempo perfectly, it will be hard for later musicians to contribute their parts after your record yours.

7.) Have patience – When you are recording, you will want to fly through each different instrument and each different track. Recording is an art form and it takes time and patience to get everything sounding perfect. Remember you can fix a mistake once it is burned to disc. So take your time, make it perfect and enjoy yourself.

 

Audio Interface And Soundcards

In this article you will learn:

What a Sound Card/Audio interface does
Why you need a Sound Card/Audio interface
The differences between a Sound Card and an Audio Interface
The internal pieces of a Sound Card/Audio Interface
The Connection Types

What is an Audio Interface/Sound Card and what does it do?

A sound card receives audio signals and converts them into digital audio.

A sound card is synonymous in function to an audio interface.

The conventional Sound Card is a chip that is installed into your computers PCI slot.

An Audio Interface does the same thing. It converts input audio signals. It is just in the form of a hardware interface that connects to your DAW computer. An audio interface is an external device that receives an analog signal, and sends it to your music software application in its digital form.

For example; by plugging a microphone into an audio interface with a compatible audio sequencer, an audio interface can convert the analog microphone signal and record a digital audio file onto a track. This can be done with a sound card as well.

Why You Need a Sound Card/Audio Interface?

Music production and intensive audio processing requires more than your stock SoundCard can typically handle. Simple as that.

See, when an audio signal is recorded from your microphone and onto the hard drive of your computer, it goes through a process of conversion from an analog signal into a stream of binary code, which is the digital “representation” or “translation” of that original signal.

The main problem is what is known as latency. Latency occurs when the time it takes for conversion, and the output of the recorded track, along with any effects or signal processing that happens anywhere in between, is delayed. There is a lag, and you hear it late. Thus, “LATE”-ncy.

Clicks, pops, error messages, and other artifacts can result with a cheap Sound Card, or improperly optimizing the settings for your recording platform.

The Differences Between a Sound Card and an Audio Interface

They both have virtually the same function. The difference-primarily lies in the hardware itself. A Sound Card is a “card” that gets internally installed into the back your computer through a PCI slot, while an audio interface is an external piece of hardware that can sit on your desk and offer you the convenience of not having to reach around to the back of your computer to plug stuff in and adjust things.

The audio interface typically has a “breakout box” for all your inputs, as well a preamp, which converts a mic level signal into a line level signal.

The Internal Pieces of a Sound Card/Audio Interface

As described above, the core component of a Sound Card/Audio Interface is the digital audio converters.

The other important piece is the software drivers which manage the “code” of data flow and thus play a critical role in the overall effectiveness of your sound card.

The other piece that can be included with audio interfaces is onboard preamps. Preamps can be the most expensive part of an audio interface, and some don’t have them.

Sound Card and Audio Interface Connection Options:

Fire-wire: Speed
USB: Plug and play quick
PCI: More tracks and no need for attach/unattachment, because it is installed.(Some high-end studios use state of the art HD Sound Cards that are capable of the highest possible sampling rate and bit depth.)

In most cases they all produce similar sound quality, (with exception to the pro HD card) but offer different advantages with each connection option.

There are two components within both of these devices which factor into making a unit – produce superior/inferior audio recordings.

Drivers – Software that ships with your product.
Digital Audio Converters – The conversion of audio to digital audio, for editing and processing on your PC. (See my Analog to Digital Converter section for more on this subject.)

Some audio interfaces may have built in Preamps, which can be an added benefit and may help produce a better recording. (See my Preamps section for more on this subject.)

As I mentioned earlier there are areas in which both the audio interface and sound card excel. Of course, you must research that the audio interface/card is compatible with your set-up. You should also evaluate whether or not you want to do more portable (on the road) or stationary (in the studio) recordings. (Respectively)

If your just starting out and looking for something with good sound quality, reasonable prices, and can withstand a few accidental BANGs! A portable audio interface will give you many options to start with and expand on.

If you’re looking to record solely from your home or project studio with a generally large track count – A traditional sound card or PCI chip with a breakout box will offer stable conversion and a large track count at very fast speed.

Most importantly the digital audio converters, which touches the sound, is the most important component in both. This is the thing that transfers the input audio and transforms it into digital audio.

In Conclusion:

Make sure you have a handle on the concepts of both before looking for specifics.
Research the compatibility of the interface/card and your PC/Laptop.
Keep in mind you are really looking for good: A/D/A/Converter/Preamps and Driver within the unit.

Remember, if you are just starting out: This is one important component among a number of important components involved in a quality home recording studio. So assess your budget/needs carefully.

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