Digidesign’s Pro Tools software is the “industry standard” and is used by many (if not most) major label studios for their recordings. So shouldn’t you use it too? Not necessarily. It may be the right choice for your needs or it might not. You need to consider your specific situation before deciding to go with Pro Tools.
I have been making loops for over ten years & running a beat making classes and song writing classes for over a year. I am always surprised & delighted to hear about the stumbling blocks people face when they are trying to write either a song or a beat.. or a beat to a song or a song to a beat.
I am surprised as the most common things I hear are normally very similar problems with drum beats or drum loops and they come from all genres not just problems for programmed drum beats for guitar, which is a very common one; especially if the beats are not too organic.
I am also delighted as I can give my class a list of helpful insights, hints, tips and answers that have been tried and tested.
Have you ever wanted to make your own music but didn’t know where to start? Read on to know how to get started using your PC or laptop.
Ingredient 1 - Decide whether you are going Audio or Midi
The first thing you should do is work out how you want to record music. You may want to record audio directly into the PC from your instruments. Alternatively, you may want to use software instruments and therefore only record midi note information.
Ingredient 2 - Musical Gear
If you will be recording audio, you will need your instruments and a mechanism for recording the sound into the PC. There are many options such as microphone, USB interface or a firewire interface.
The Powers That Be - Is The Music Industry Pimping The Music?
By Denise Daniels
The music industry made up of several record labels is often given a “bad rap". No, they do not force our children to listen to the negative music that they sell - remember we all have freedom of choice. However, what they are guilty of is flooding the market with the same types of music and turning a deaf ear to any music that does not fit into their profit margin. So, what you don’t hear - you won’t want to buy. The music industry has always done this, but even more so now that their profits are decreasing due to the popularity of online websites who offer a large library of music not only from artists we are familiar with, but new artists who have not been able to break through the industry road blocks. Music labels are notorious for keeping music that does not promote their interest off the radio stations by making sure that the music that DOES promote their interest is played in rotation - what kind of deals do they make? Is it payola? Not sure - that is for a legal mind to determine. The fact remains that only certain music selections are on the air - and we keep listening and buying the same song, different artist - just like the music labels want us to.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, as well as MIDI controllers, represent a revolution in how we create, perform, edit and record music. This is even more true with each passing day as computers become more powerful, compact and pervasive.
At its core, sound is analog. That is, sound waves can exist in infinite combinations. This is necessary for sound to seem rich and unique, but it makes recording and transmitting much more difficult.
This is where digitizing and MIDI come in. By breaking down sound into various qualities, and by representing each with a number, we gain an ability to create and transmit sounds in a way that would be quite difficult were we working with infinite possibilities.
Top 50 Music Quotations
By Danielle Hollister
Discover the phenomenonal complexity of music and reflect on the way it can positively influence your life with this sound collection of riveting quotes…
- “Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.”
– Joseph Addison
- “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
- “Music is either good or bad, and it’s got to be learned. You got to have balance.”
– Louis Armstrong
- “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
– Berthold Auerbach