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Perfect for the beginner or amateur who wants to make some tunes. Good package
on 27 October 2011
As asomeone who enjoys dabbling with music and creating tunes for fun mainly, I was delighted to test this software given there is aquite abit on the market. This is a brand new piece of software that makes it quite (not very) easy to produce melodies due to the fact that the onscreen keyboard shows the corresponding laptop keys!Easy to load it doesn't take too long to get a grip as to what is what on your mixer and to start overlaying samples and getting started. I found that the programmes Beatbox 2 built in drum machine to be extremely user-friendly. The interface is very visual and is similar to that offered by iDrum. As you would expect the programme comes with thousands of samples you can use so the only limit to your music is your creative ideas. There is a neat little tool built in that allows you to combine samples of rain, background city noise, fire, strings etc to create ambient soundscapes, which allow you even more opportunities to blend music and sound effects to create the ultimate track.
The software also includes various effect racks, compressors and filters and the mastering suite is comprehensive and excellent.
The programme is aimed more at the beginner and those who are relatively new to producing music and would like to see instant results within an easy to use tool that has enough technology, samples and tools to keep you busy without being over complex.
When loading be ready because the programme downloads a large sample library of 5,500 samples which are neatly organised into a large `Soundpool', which then separates them in to various styles. These include Minimal Tech-House, Hip-Hop, Movie Score and plenty of others with many, many options of core instruments - bass, drums, guitar, keys, mallet, pads, percussion, sequences, strings, synth, vocals and wind. So, with all this to hand you can quickly create some signature Rap/Hip-Hop/Dance and it's also dead easy to work with the samples is you simply slide them to whwre you want them! You can quite easily combine the samples to make something half decent and listenable within about 15 minutes.
The software comes bundled with various instruments e.g. Century Guitar,Electric Bass, Revolta and Lead Synth. The guitar and bass synths are truly replicated with more power and bass than some cheaper packages. The Revolta instrument is the most powerful and encompasses FX, pads, ambient sounds etc while lead Synth, unsurprisingly houses all the saw lead type sounds, though is limited to just a few presets.
This was great fun and if you are starting out or looking for something better then this comes recommended.