This is a very good question.This is a subject that regularly returns to my ears. I am often asked how the “lives” of demovibes were made. How do I remix my old songs, how I create new and especially what software do i use for that?To answer that i every time ask the same question. What exactly do you want to do and what is your budget?Some programs are easier to use than others, some are more specialized in sequencing, in composing, in publishing, in mixing …And the answer is always the same? “I want to make music easily, quickly.” So first, let’s be clear. There is no simple and quick way. In all cases figures you will have to adapt the software on which you cast your vest. However, there are programs that are easier to grasp than others.
Musician experienced or rookie
Before answering the question there are several axes to consider. Have you ever made music? If yes, Logic or Cubase Studio is certainly better for you. You’ve never done? In this case Ableton Live may be the right choice. You have a past in the demoscene ? In this case Renoise, Reason or FruityLoops is undoubtedly a very good choice.
Here is the most painful moment. Let’s be honest. The price of some programs are substantial and have not to be overlooked in a budget.Here is a summary of current prices to give you an idea.These rates are indicative because publishers offer packages that include more or fewer options. I relate prices that seemed the most correct from what the basic application have to be. I want to make music and I am a beginner and I need a package or the essential elements are present.
|Renoise||71 $||more informations|
|Fruity loops||199 $||more informations|
|Reason||413 $||more informations|
|Ableton Live 8.1||449 $||more informations|
|Logic studio||677 $||more informations|
|Cubase 5||817 $||more informations|
As you can see from this table the budget is not negligibleRegarding this, there is something to add, the VST instruments. Your software is the trunk of your tree and VST instruments are the branches and leaves, but we see this a little further. Especially with software like Ableton Live comes with a number of instruments.
The approach of each software
Each of these programs in a completely different one from another. Apart Cubase and Logic Studio.
Live is based on an approach of “blocks” of music that you create in the session view and then come together in the arrangement view.I invite you to watch the video presentation of Ableton live.This method has the enormous advantage of being able to create music quickly by clicking in the so-called piano roll by copying and pasting your blocks one after another to create your music.The weakness of this software, in my point of view, is that the arranger is not very precise and somewhat “simplistic”. I’m not saying that arranging is not possible I’m just saying it does not go as far as a Logic.However it is a very powerful tool, that mastering a few days. You can further download a free evaluation.This is the software I personally use for 3 years and that gives me full satisfactionAlso Ableton Live community is very active and always help you find a solution to your problemsIf you need some tips and tricks I recommend the blog of Jon Margulies giving you tons of tips and tricks not always documented)
Renoise is a program that looks like the famous soundtracker released in the 90s which were developed for the Commodore AmigaThe approach is easier for people who are not familiar with the music as you create music within tracks by positioning your notes (C, D, E..). Patterns march and play simultaneously all the notes you have placed in your various groups. Knowing that every general can play a different sound (thanks to the VST).This is by far the cheapest and most efficient way and you don’t need to know the music theory.It is good to know that some famous musicians started on this kind of software as Brothomstates, Llorca (ex scener), Atjazz and more …Do not hesitate to download the trial version of Renoise.
Logic Studio / Cubase
These 2 softwares are eternal rivals and so far the 2 most popular products in the world of computer music. Needless to mention names of artists who use these 2 software because it is 90% of musicians.
What is different from other software?
These solutions are “all inclusive” with effect modules see very realistic novel, they are very powerful in terms of audio quality, they are usually delivered with a string of total production (recording, arrangement, export, print …).But what most distinguishes this software is they work mainly with scores. They are clearly more oriented real musicians. More capabilities and opportunities in terms of arrangement are endless and very sharp. And these are some details on this very powerful software.See specifications Logic StudioSee specifications Cubase
Pro tools is reserved for studios and professional musicians in the fortunate position or Pro Tools runs on dedicated hardware but rather it is primarily dedicated “final production.It goes without saying that 90% of worldwide studios are equipped with Pro Tools and the working format of PT has become a standard in the world of music. Go see the manufacturer’s website to understand what I mean …. And ready money.
The instruments and VST effects
To keep things simple. A VST instrument is a program that allows your computer to emulate a number of specific sounds.Generally each VST specializes in a particular area. Garritan specializes in sounds of classical instruments, Omnisphere sounds in Ambient, Plogue Chipsound specializes in re-creating the sounds of old computers or consoles .. etc. etc..VST effects are programs that emulate the effects qiu were once hardware (machines). These concern both VST effects like delays, reverbs etc. that mastering, EQ etc …Most of these effects are sometimes paid but often has low prices.If you want to get an idea of prices VST instruments you can visit the KVR VST which today is the benchmark in terms of library VST.If you do not have much money I recommend the search engine KVR database. You can get free plugins very good bill.
As you can see there’s something for all tastes and especially to all prices.The most important before embarking on a program is primarily to ask the right questions.Or I want to go. Up or I want to push my creations, is what I prefer simplicity at the expense of more complexity, but more power. And of course. How much time is it gonna take me to learn my program.Feel free to give and share your experience with others.