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Offlinelateralus
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Free prog to make music
    #1641035 - 06/18/03 12:46 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Anyone know a free prog for making music? Like laying down drums and different instruments in different measures and playing back/looping. Is there even anything free like that?

Im a drummer and I mainly want something where I can write out beats and play them back, mainly for transcription/creation purposes.


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: lateralus]
    #1641565 - 06/18/03 07:26 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

For just doing drum beats try Hammerhead Rythme Station.
It's free and easy to use.
http://www.threechords.com/hammerhead/

Massiva is a very simple midi sequencer that can do what you're looking, and as far as I remember it comes with a free drum synth.
You can mix audio with the midi too (I think...it's been a while), but last time I used it, it was a bugger to export them together.
It used to be free, think it's shareware now.
Also have a look for n-Track, which is probably the best freeby you can get.

Don't neglect doing a search on p2p for some commercial software so you can "try before you buy".
Obviously you'd want to buy it after trying it out :wink:
Look for cubase, and fruityloops. 


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: Scvotto_Turellskey]
    #1641607 - 06/18/03 08:02 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah, cubase is complicated but the most powerful and most "professional". You can do virtually anything with that program. Try kazaa cos it's a couple of hundred quid to buy.


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: mr_kite]
    #1642154 - 06/18/03 01:39 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Cubase is not the most powerful or professional... Pro Tools is.

even Logic is better than Cubase, in my humble opinion.



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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: lateralus]
    #1642544 - 06/18/03 04:45 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah, Pro Tools is very good. I use Buzz, which is what a few professional electronic musicians use. Only thing is, it has no visual interface so unless you know a bit about sound and music theory it can be daunting. Buzz is very versatile though, there are tons and tons of generators and effects for it, making possiblities almost nearly infinite. IMO it's the best music prog and I'm surprised not too many people have heard of it. Check out the web site for more info.


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: ]
    #1643583 - 06/19/03 04:18 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I like to use logic, a friend of mine uses pro tools. I guess it is just what you are used to.

Logic and Cubase are the main used...


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: Milio]
    #1643625 - 06/19/03 04:56 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Honestly, I like ACID the best.  Yeah, there is Pro Tools, but you have to buy the rest of the hardware to go with it to make it usefull, at all.

I', not a big fan of Cubase; I like Sonic Foundry's Vegas a lot better for multitracking.  Acid, however, automatically time-compresses a loop for you, as long as the length of the file corresponds to X-number of beats.  This means you can make samples from any type of synth program, like RubberDuck of Fruity Loops, etc, etc, or make your own in Sounde Forge and compile them all together in Acid, just like you were painting a picture, and then edit the loops in parts up to 1/64 of a beat.  IT supports Direct-FX, too, so the options are endless.

The only difference is it only goes up to 16-bit, where proffesional audio equipment like Pro Tools is 24, but if you don't compress/decompress and if you aren't trying to record live anologue insruments (you really need a hard disk recorder and good mics + acoustics for this) there is hardly a noticable difference.  For example, a CD might be recorded with 24-bit digital audio, but portable CD playes usually only decode in 2-bit.

Recording live anolgue sound will still be a bit of a problem, but I love Acid as far as looping audio samples goes.

BTW -- it's not free, but you could always do a search for Acid Pro on http://astalavista.box.sk (make sure to pay attention to version/build) and see what you come up with, but of course I know nothing about that :wink:

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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: micro]
    #1644148 - 06/19/03 11:04 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)


Is Pro Tools a Sonic Foundry program? Anyone know? I hear a lot about Pro Tools and I wanna know more about it.


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: Murex]
    #1644344 - 06/19/03 12:21 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

http://www.digidesign.com/

digidesign is "a division of avid"

the free version of protools rocks


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: ]
    #1646929 - 06/20/03 02:58 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

if you get the full version of fruity loops or rebirth you can make some really tight shit. just get them off kazza.


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: Cubieman420]
    #1647145 - 06/20/03 04:47 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I think the he said "free", guys.

Jeskola Buzz is free. Check it out at www.buzzmachines.com


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: B4rK0d3]
    #1647477 - 06/20/03 08:28 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

LOL... I was thinking that too B4rK0d3.
However most of these programs can be found on the p2p networks.
Don't expect to download them in one night if you're on dialup though.


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: Scvotto_Turellskey]
    #1667989 - 06/27/03 09:57 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Hey thanks a ton. You people kick ass. I obtained a copy of fruityloops3.5full version (im pretty sure its the newest ver) and Im having trouble with 1 thing. I cant get different time signatures other than the default 4/4 in the 'piano roll' editor thingy. Im trying to write out some tough drum parts (meshuggah) and i need to be able to change up time signatures. Like 1 bar 4/4 1 bar 5/4 etc...

I cant get on the sites msg board at the homepage because im not a registered user;) I know there has to be a feature for this, this prog is very complete, I just cant find it(its not in the help file either).


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: lateralus]
    #1668183 - 06/27/03 11:46 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

cakewalk and protools are good


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: lateralus]
    #1668561 - 06/28/03 03:55 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

"FruityLoops operates from a set of buttons that act as on/off switches for the selected instrument. These buttons are divided by default into groups of four. 16 buttons are displayed by default with 32, and 64 buttons as other options. If you wish to use alternate time signatures, even 3/4 time, you must change the default settings for FruityLoops. Iif you click on Options, and choose song settings, you can set the number buttons to appear at 12, and to repeat everything 3rd button. In this way, you have 3/4 time. Similar settings can be used to do other time signatures as well, you just have to do the math. The FAQ section has some helpful hints on how to do time signature edits."


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Re: Free prog to make music [Re: Anno]
    #1670670 - 06/29/03 02:43 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

http://www.propellerheads.se/
check out reason, its an awesome program.. not free though :wink:


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