Music making.

  • solidsneek 31 Mar 2018 18:02:33 763 posts
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    Been looking at maybe getting DJ/music making lessons just for fun and a little hobby - I only own a chromebook however and I know there’s limited resources. Any advice would be great if for chromebook and if not where to start.
  • Mr_Sleep 1 Apr 2018 00:13:16 22,196 posts
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    The best live looping and DJing software out there is Ableton Live. I have no idea if it works with a chrome book.
  • HitchHiker 20 Jun 2018 20:58:59 2,890 posts
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    Don't know when this happened but Cakewalk DAW is free.
  • Technoishmatt 21 Jun 2018 00:02:47 3,153 posts
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    Figure is friggin awesome. It is on iOS and windows, assume also android store. It is free, and great fun to make little ditties.
  • RelaxedMikki 21 Jun 2018 12:40:45 2,990 posts
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    If you get an Akai MPK Mini (it is a kind of controller thing with a little keyboard and knobs) then you can download Ableton and Reason (two software synths that the Mini will control) for free.
  • challenge_hanukkah 21 Jun 2018 12:47:21 9,948 posts
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    User stefansson should be able to give you some excellent tips.
  • richarddavies 21 Jun 2018 13:01:42 6,608 posts
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    What you need is this.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-2000-Creation-PS/dp/B00004SQO9

    The greatest music making tool ever created.
  • fontgeeksogood 21 Jun 2018 13:03:57 4,988 posts
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    challenge_hanukkah wrote:
    User stefansson should be able to give you some excellent tips.
    Good luck getting any of his time, it's Ibiza season
  • RelaxedMikki 21 Jun 2018 13:06:48 2,990 posts
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    I am pretty sure that Stef writes his compositions in machine code. He creates .wav files by hand typing hexadecimal into notepad. Every single one of those 44,000 bits per second set with absolute precision.

    Not really practical for those of us without his genius... 😜
  • thelzdking 21 Jun 2018 13:21:53 9,044 posts
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    RelaxedMikki wrote:
    If you get an Akai MPK Mini (it is a kind of controller thing with a little keyboard and knobs) then you can download Ableton and Reason (two software synths that the Mini will control) for free.
    Ooh! It doesn't mention that on the Akai website.

    Edited by thelzdking at 13:23:03 21-06-2018
  • RelaxedMikki 21 Jun 2018 13:47:57 2,990 posts
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    @thelzdking

    There is a member's bit on the Akai website where you can get a free get a unlock code for Reason Lite if you have an MPK (I just did this a month or so ago - I think it is a fairly new offer).

    For Ableton Lite, I had to send Ableton a photo of my Akai with the serial number showing or something (it was a year or so ago that I did this...) Ableton then gave me the key.
  • RelaxedMikki 21 Jun 2018 13:50:49 2,990 posts
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    Btw... how you enter the unlock code for Reason is a bit weird (you only use part of the key they give you).

    I was stumped until this friendly chap showed me how to do it: https://youtu.be/d9eYL-E2xQU
  • Mr_Sleep 21 Jun 2018 14:08:55 22,196 posts
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    You can also get a maschine mikro trigger pad from native instruments which comes with a massive suite of programs. I have been using it recently and it is fantastic.
  • thelzdking 21 Jun 2018 14:13:34 9,044 posts
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    @RelaxedMikki

    Cheers man, I've been thinking about getting a midi controller for ages. I'm a guitarist really, but I know enough about music theory and sequencing to do it all myself, but I was put off by the cost of buying some software that I might end up never getting my head around.

    I'll have to get an Akai after I've moved and create that ambient-disco Spacemonkey concept album I've been planning.
  • Mr_Sleep 21 Jun 2018 14:23:58 22,196 posts
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    @thelzdking have a look at the maschine, it is very easy to use and quite musical in the way one uses it. There are various YouTube videos, check them out.
  • JamboWayOh 21 Jun 2018 15:51:27 11,804 posts
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    thelzdking wrote:
    @RelaxedMikki

    Cheers man, I've been thinking about getting a midi controller for ages. I'm a guitarist really, but I know enough about music theory and sequencing to do it all myself, but I was put off by the cost of buying some software that I might end up never getting my head around.

    I'll have to get an Akai after I've moved and create that ambient-disco Spacemonkey concept album I've been planning.
    Hopefully it'll have a lot of samples of children screaming in anguish for that classic SpaceMonkey touch.
  • Technoishmatt 10 Aug 2018 18:06:33 3,153 posts
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    Put up some of my Figure creations. They can only be up to 8 bars and you are limited to drums, bass, and lead, but it is great fun! Most of these were made while on long flights after I had watched too many films!

    https://allihoopa.com/collections/summer-riffs-eW7wmZXP
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