Is music software a blessing gift or
the nightmare of modern musicians?
Probably the weakest point of today's music software is no longer the
technical performance but the human interface (...or should I say the
lack of it?).
What programmers or software companies consider a useful program
surface can instantly make any grown up musician and music producer weep
and fall into despair.
Combine that with a vast variety of more or less working hardware and
the usual computer bugs and you got enough problems to keep the average
musician busy for years, producing nothing.
I think music software can be both. It can be a nightmare but also a
very powerful tool for any aspect in making music. As you are probably
not a programmer or a software developer, it mainly depends upon
your ability to choose and use available music software the right way.
This site should help you to improve that skill by giving you useful
tips, experiences and music software reviews.
How do I test music software?
Well, I actually don't test the usual way. Most reviews you can find in
magazines or online, give you nothing but a brief overview of the
software. They hardly tell you something about bugs or laborious
handling. While you can find such reviews also on my site (shame on me)
I'm generally trying to give you all the info you need.
I make music and I watch others making music. I grab any help I can
get to make the music sound the way I want it to sound.
If a software is helpful in that process, fine. If not, well...it
doesn't get much attention anymore and may eventually drop off my hard
disk. (You have to be ruthless to survive the software jungle ;-) )
I will shortly give you not just idle talk, but also show you some
material for discussion to get that point across. Like many others I
used the computer in the past mainly for computer oriented music (Dance,
rap, hip-hop, etc...).
Up to now, even the big Pro-Tools systems had problems to perform
flawless, bug-free, conventional multitrack recording. Despite recording
also Jazz and classical music, I was never happy with the convenience and
handling of computer recording in comparison to the old 24-track/mixing
Now I wanted to know if this has changed lately.
I grabbed one of the new Dual Core CPU laptops and produced a
of my children Mona and Lisa (twins, girls, both musicians). I recorded, edited and
mixed 24 pop and rock standards using nothing but my digital mixer
(working as 16-track interface, not as mixer), my laptop and software.
It's production of real music completely within the box. I'm about to
write an article with a detailed description of this production.
Well, that comes shortly, but for now...
The following links are roughly in sequence what's
needed to build up a useful music production environment on your
computer. Go through them from top down, or just click on something that
interests you most.
Educated musicians still need to put down music on paper
for various reasons. A short review about the crucial functions of Notation
Software for writing music
There are as many different types of software for
writing music as there are ways to compose. Get a good
overview and choose your personal style of writing songs.
Music Recording Software - The Top Programs
Can music recording software really replace the old
fashioned way of recording, or is this just the usual
advertising hype that says so?
Free Music Recording Software for professional results?
A guide on how to use free music recording software for
professional recording purposes.
Music Editing Software for sound tweaking, mastering and
What could you expect from dedicated Music Editing
Free Music Editing Software
How to get professional free music editing software.
What is the best free software for editing audio and music?
DJ Software - Scratch It Soft
Is DJ software really useful? Take a close look at the
new possibilities a computer offers to DJs.
CDR Software Guide for Power-User
Is CDR software, that performs specialized tasks better
than those claiming to burn it all?
Mp3 Software - Shrink it to the Max!
Which mp3 software do you need in a professional
Music Downloading Software
A review of music downloading software to find out which
one is best for downloading, organizing, burning and
transferring your tunes.
Free Music Download Software
A brief introduction on the past and present of free
music download software.
Online Guitar Tuner
What are the most useful Online Guitar Tuner on the Net?
Recording Software Tests
How to test Recording Software like Sequencers and
Multitrack Audio Recording Programs fast and efficiently.
Sound Cards And Other Hardware For Digital Recordings
Microphones, Sound Cards, Amplifier and Speaker of
excellent quality for digital PC and Mac recording systems.
Laptop Recording is the future of Home Recording - What
do you need to build your own mobile Audio Workstation?
A brief description of how you can get professional
music software for far less money.
This music software survey is the place where you can
help to make this site better. Your input is very much
The Music-Software-Reviews contact page. I always like
to receive profound and inspiring input from the computer
recording community. That means from you!
The Music Software Glossary
This Music software Glossary contains usually hard to
find definitions for terms related to computers, digital
recording, music software and multimedia.
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