What are the best computers for recording music at home?
What's Your Budget?
Your budget will be the most important factor to determining what type of computer that you should buy. The truth is the more money you have to spend, the better computer you can get to handle all of your software.
But if you don't need an over the top full blown studio you can get away with spending a few hundred dollars and you can have a computer that will produce some quality music for you.
What Type of DAW software are you using?
I can't list all of the DAW's out there but there are so many that are free and even more that are paid options.
Deciding which DAW software that you will use to record your music will also be a deciding factor on what type f computer you should buy. To keep things simple the more expensive your DAW is you will probably need a computer that can handle all that comes with it.
Are You Using a MAC or PC?
Personally I like PC's but what I know to be true only because all of my friends that make music say that MAC's are much better. I do know some DAW can't work with certain computers. So when deciding on what type of computer you should get to record music at your home studio, you need to make sure that it is compatible with the DAW that you are using.
Do you want a Laptop or Desktop?
Some laptop's can be just as powerful as desktops with all of the advancements that they have made over the decades with technology. You have to ask yourself this question. Do you plan on being mobile with your recording studio. Chances are if you are recording music only probably not. So I would recommend a desktop because you can get more bang for your buck as far as memory/ram space.
But if you plan on being mobile with your career the obvious choice is to go with a laptop.
What are the specifications my computer should have?
Again this is another tough question to answer because it all depends on the type of DAW and you are using and how much music you plan on creating.
I think the biggest and baddest DAW out there is pro-tools. These are the specs that you computer would need in order to handle this:
Now that we have gotten some of the basic information out of the way let's jump into what I believe are the best computers for recording music at home.
Obviously I have not tried all of these computers this is based on my research and hopefully it can lead you to a quality purchase.
I decided to only write about the best computers on the market for producing music but that means that they are also the most expensive. The Apple iMac is pricey but well worth it if you want to build a home studio.
You have to make sure that the DAW that you are using will work with an Apple product. So check with you manufacturer first but I know that Garageband and Logic work with the iMac. Garageband actually comes pre-installed on the computer. Why would I recommend this if I don't use it. Well all of my friends that produce music use an apple product and they all swear by them.
It does not work with Pro Tools
There are different versions of the iMac so these specs are for their basic iMac.
Display21.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display
1920‑by‑1080 resolution with support for millions of colors
2.3GHz dual‑core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
8GB of 2133MHz DDR4 memory
Configurable to 16GB
You can checkout the prices on Amazon they vary so you should be able to find a good deal.
Just look at it, this looks like a super computer! But seriously when I was doing my research the Lenovo brand kept popping up as one of the top dogs out there for a home studio computer. What I am focusing on is not the type but more so the brand. You can get almost any Lenovo computer just make sure they come close to the specs that I mentioned at the start of this article.
I think that this is a safe purchase because most reviews show that this has durability. It can easily handle whatever DAW system you throw at it because most DAW systems are compatible with PC's. I linked to amazon where you can check the prices just make sure you get the specs that you need.
The first thing that I have to mention is that the Acer is much more affordable than the previous options mentioned. What I look at when I was doing my research were two things. Obviously, user reviews and secondly durability. The Acer Aspire meets both of those requirements.
Below I linked to the Acer on amazon but you have to make sure that the specs are what you need for your DAW. It's not the most powerful computer in the world but it can get the job done.
Why I Like This Computer:
It's affordable and I can always add more RAM to it later if I need to increase speed and power later.
I am going to be honest with you, I am not the biggest fan of dell computers but when I noticed that they have 4 out out of 5 star reviews on Amazon. I had to take a closer look.
Could this be good computer for a home studio and I believe that the answer is yes. Here's why the specs are pretty good and the price is very reasonable.
Here's What I Like About It:
For the price you get a really good computer, most Inspiron's come with a 8GB hard drive which can handle most DAW's. Also since it's popular you can always add more power to your computer as you develop more music.
I am going to tell you a secret that you probably already know. Computers are all about RAM and Hard Drive. Well there are more things to consider but if you are recording music at home this should be your main concern.
When I noticed that there are HP pavilion's with 12 GB RAM and a TB hard drive for under a thousand bucks on amazon I knew that this was a solid computer. I know that this article is about recording and making music at home, but I noticed that this highly praised by gamers for its dependability.
What I like About This Computer:
If gamers say it's quality it has to be good because the games they play require a lot of power to run effeciently.
Considered by many as a “gaming desktop computer” obviously because of its video card capacity, processor, RAM and overall quality, it is the best choice for someone who loves to make music too because of the very same reasons. Although video cards aren’t necessary with recording or producing music, this computer is a bit cheaper compared to others especially when you want to use it for music production. We understand that there are other computers in your list and may be more suited to your needs, but I am sure that you are not buying a new one just for music, so purchasing this one is on your best interest.
What I Like About This Computer:
Honestly the power that you get for the price is what I like. This would be a good computer for recording music for any starter home studio.
Many new and even experienced music producers want to know what are the best headphones for making beats. Below is a short list of what I think those might be:
This is probably going to be one of the best and most detailed post that we write about. Our goal is to help you find the best headphones for beat making on the market. In order for us to do that we have to make to find out exactly what your needs are. But since we can't do that through a blog post we are going to give an overview of what we believe are the best studio headphones out there for making beats.
When it comes to headphones you may think that it is a simple process but there is more to them than just being a earpiece. if you are thinking about spending over a $100 for a pair than I think you are making a wise decision to research them before you just buy one. So below we will get started with our list and hopefully you can make a choice from there.
The Best Headphones for Beat Making
If you are looking for headphones to make beats you probably mean that you are looking for studio headphones. These were created basically to help you hear the instruments better while you are making music. But also to block out outside noise so it does not interfere if you are recording. So the list below was created to help you find what will work best for you.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
We think that the Audio ATH M50x is the best headphones for studio recording and beat making because that what the reviews say. They are just that much better than the competition out there. You can see comments about these bad boys all over amazon and even places like reddit.
The former version was the Audio ATH-M50 and those are still pretty nice. to be honest with you as for sound quality, there is not much of a difference between the M50 and the newer version M50x, except one thing. The latest model is more comfortable and when you are making music for hours at a time, your comfort matters.
WHAT I LIKE:
These headphones actually break the rules of the typical flat shaped recording style, instead they come as a V-Shaped signature sound. That means the lows and highs are accentuated and this is why the sound quality is a little bit better than others and even the previous version.
Some people believe that these headphones are somewhat overhyped but I don't think so. Because they are priced very well and they simply are a great choice for those that want and over the ear headphones that can be used in the studio and outside as well. I will be the first to mention that they are not the best headphones in the world but for where they are priced and the quality sound that you get, these are perfect.
What I noticed in the studio while making beats is that you don't necessarily need the most technical equipment all the time. These get the job done.
One of the things that we hear that people don't like about these is that the sound space is somewhat tight. But what people need to understand is that these are closed back headphones and that is the norm with that style.
Bottom Line: Unless you’re a veteran producer or already own a good pair of studio headphones in the $100-150 range, it’s difficult to do much better than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. They sound great (despite not being completely flat), they’re comfortable for long producing sessions, and their price tag makes them very attainable - for all these reasons they have become well-regarded by beginners and pros alike.
Most of our readers are either just starting to build a studio or they are looking for quality equipment at the right price. If you already own a top-notch studio tham you might not want these but for most beat makers like myself these are great for the novice to intermediate level producer.
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO-80 Closed Studio Headphones
Ok this is going to sound but most people believe that the Beyerdynamic has a better sound quality than the previous mentioned headphones. I think that they are better equipped for making beats than the ATH-M50x but most importantly they cost a little less.
These headphones have a boost in the low end but this is why they are popular by those who make electronic music because of the boosted bass. Beat makers that create electronic music typically don't mind dealing with the low frequencies.
WHAT I LIKE:
If you are doing long producing sessions you will love these because of its comfort. Some have said that they feel like pillows on your ear and they do not place a large amount of pressure on your head when you put them on.
There are two versions of these studio headphones. You have the 250ohm and the 80ohm. I like the 80ohm because it's simple to use. You don't need an amp to drive it but you do need one for the 250ohm.
Bottom Line: It’s interesting that many head-to-head comparisons tend to favor how the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 Studio Headphones sound as compared to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, and yet the DT 770 are still lagging behind in terms of overall recommendations.
I think it is very odd that any people prefer the Beyerdynamic headphones over the ATH-M50x. But the DT 770 doesn't have as many sales as the other set of headphones. This does come with boosted bass sound and it is also somewhat bulky so it's not that mobile. So here's the deal if you make electronic music I think that this is a superior set of headphones and the price is just right.
Beyerdynamic Dt 880 Pro Headphones
These are a great neutral sounding set of headphones. As far a quality these headphones are second to none. But I have to mention that they were out voted by their sister products the DT 770 and pro 80 but I think it was only because the price is higher. But there is a reason why the cost is higher and it's because it has a better sound quality.
The Beyerdynamic DT 880 are is a closed back headphones but they really are top of line, even when you compare them to the headphones I mentioned earlier. They are perfect for making beats and music production because they are flat and neutral. I have tested these and i found that they are more of a open back with ear cups. All this means is that if you are recording you will need to make sure your surroundings is quiet so the outside sound won't interfere.
WHAT I LIKE:
These headphones do have a higher cost but I only recommend these for professional studio's because they cost more. But the neutral flat sound is so awesome you will get a really clear sound. You will need a headphone amp if you order this
Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphones
How could I write a review about headphones and not mention the brand that has survived for decades. Some people love Sony and others can't stand them but their long lasting ability is why i had to put them on this list. I won't waste much time with this one but one thing about sony is they have always been affordable compared to their up and coming competitors.
WHAT I LIKE:
These headphones are great for home studio's and if you are just starting out I would recommend that you go with these. But they can be used by experienced music producers as well because the flat sound is great for mixing. I only would use these in a studio and never for a live event or Dj party.
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones
The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is a popular “starter” headphone for people ready to venture into the world of high-end headphones. Mixed reviews on whether these are good for the long haul, or an upgrade to something like the beyerdynamic cans is warranted (if budget permits). However, just because they’re suitable entry-level headphones does’t mean pros don’t enjoy them - artists like Odesza, Amtrac, and Rob Swire of Knife Party all use them.
This is another headphones that are great for those who are ready to take their beat making career to the next level. This could be your very first high headphone purchase. Now I can't say for certain that they have a very long life ability only because I couldn't find any reviews on that. But why I did find out is that professional music producers like Amtrac and Rob Swire use these bad boys, so why not you as well.
WHAT I LIKE:
Overall, what I tried to do with this article is tell you what I think are the best headphones for making beats and recording in a studio. Basically, you want to look for 2 things; comfort and flat sound. When you are making beats for hours at a time you need to feel comfort because we know that headphones that are super tight can cause ear pain. The flat sound is needed so you can hear all of the instruments and this will help you fin tune your sound. So I hope that the above helped.
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In this video Raisi K explains how to make video game beats and why you should use the same methods in making your music. Raisinman is his other industry name and he has made beats for anime, movies, ad TV shows. He has some techniques that we all can use in our creative process.
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Every music producer in today’s world can use a MIDI keyboard and controller that can be matched with popular DAWs like protools and FL Studios. So we created a a list of what we think are the best keyboards for making beats:
MIDI keyboards and controllers have relevance to all musicians, simply because all musicians have the potential to find themselves, to one degree or another, in a situation where they are producing music. A MIDI keyboard is one of the most basic tools you would be using in that scenario.
MIDI keyboards are really a basic piece of equipment that every music producer uses. What most newbie aspiring music producers don’t realize that the best keyboards for making music is not always the most expensive. So what I decided to do was to put together a list of what I believe are some really good beat making keyboards that are not that expensive.
The 5 Best Keyboards for Making Beats
Lets Start With The Akai MPK Mini (MPII)
The MPK Mini is really cool for a fee reasons. First the it doesn’t cost a lot of money. It can pretty much connect with anything because it comes with a usb connection but most importantly it’s user friendly. This keyboard is perfect for adding extra sounds to your beats.
Another proof that this is a great MIDI keyboard is that it has the most sales on Amazon by a large margin. The price is most definitely why it is very popular but let’s not forget quality also. The fact that it comes with usb connection it can work with any DAW that you decide to use.
Checkout Some Features:
I like this keyboard because it can run directly to your interface and it’s small so it can be very portable. It’s super user friendly and for adding basic sounds to your beats this is perfect for beginners and experienced music producers.
Features Include: eight different drum pads, octave controls, the direct USB connection, 25 keys and a multi-directional joystick for pitch and modulation control. For basic music production needs the MPII covers everything, making it an ideal fit for any skill level or production environment.
Since it's so small, and runs a straightforward interface, I like it a lot for live environments and settings where you just need to add intermittent sound effects through a device that's easily portable.
Next Up Is The M-Audio Oxygen MKIV
I might be showing you a pattern here because the M-audio keyboard is good for beat making and simple to use because it can plug directly into your laptop via USB. With this you will not have to worry yourself with chords and cables.
You do get these key options that come along with the software:
You can get 3 Key Options:
You can mix and alter sounds with 8 different knobs and it does come with a built in fader to help you mix your music even better.
If you are an experienced keyboard player than I would highly recommend that you use the 61 key option but those that are looking just to add some sounds to your music in a quick and simple way the 25 key option will work as well. Plus, you can save money using with the 25 key option. The most difficult thing that I found with writing about music production software is that it’s hard to recommend stuff. Because it really depends on how serious you are about your craft and knowing what your goals are. But what I can say is that beat making keyboard is good enough for any project.
When I compare the oxygen with the MKII the only real difference that I see is that the oxygen keyboard gives you the option to have more keys. But how important is this option for you because I only recommend this for people who are experienced with playing the piano. But it also depends on what your goals are so even if you’re not that experienced but having more keys is something you need to reach your goals you can’t go wrong here. It is slightly more expensive than the MKII beat making keyboard which is why this is not my number one recommendation.
Third on The list Is The Novation Launchkey MK2
This keyboard was created to work in conjunction with Ableton Live Software. Although I recommend that you only use it with Ableton it does work with other DAW software as well.
Just like the previous 2 keyboards we discussed it can connect directly to your computer with a USB connection. This is why it can be used on most, if not all DAW’s out there. But if you are working with Ableton this is perfect for that and the only keyboard that I would recommend for that DAW.
The most popular version of this keyboard is ofcourse the 49-note but don’t think that you have to go with this option. You can buy smaller or larger packages. That simply depends on your needs and goals.
It does come with 16 colored drum pads and 7 control knobs that make manipulation so easy.
The keyboard does come with sliders on the left side.
What Do I Get If I Buy This Keyboard:
It comes with 4GB of samples from Loopmasters
The lite version of Ableton Live
V-Station virtual instruments
Novation Bass Station
As of right now this is by far the most robust keyboard out of all 3 that I have reviewed so far. But the reason why it’ not number 1 on my list is because it really work extremely well only with Ableton. So because of that I decided to make it #3 on the list.
Let's Review The Alesis VX49
Here’s what like about the Alesis keyboard: it comes with so many different options when it comes to features. But that also means that it comes with a lot of different options when it comes to prices as well. That usually means the price can get high the more options you use.
The mini can usually be found on amazon under $100 but if you elect to go up to the 49 key option the jumps up pretty high. What the V-Series does do for you is give you the option to choose what you want to by and leave options that you may not need.
If you are only looking to only use a MIDI keyboard for beats I would go with the V-Mini.
Some More Features
It does come with MIDI and USB plugin options. I like that it comes with a TRS input for pedal control. Only on the larger models it does have pitch modulation and octav controls, and drum pads as well.
Last On the List Novation Impulse 49
The first thing that I will tell you is that the impulse is a little pricey but it does come with some cool features. The first thing that I like are the weighted keys because it makes it feel like a real piano. For me creating music is all about the feel. So the feel of a real piano may seem small for some but for me it’s a big deal.
You can quickly create your controls that will connect with your DAW because their software will help you do that. The basic MIDI keyboard controls that you need are instantly available after setup. Like the faders,knobs, wheels and pads.
I like the fact that it comes with a LED screen that helps you keep track of everything. I highly recommend this for acoustic piano players because it does have a real feel too it.
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So you would like to make rap beats and become a hip hop music producer. Well that means you are going to need a rap beat maker software in order to make that happen. Before you decide on a software you have to ask yourself how serious you are about doing this. This will determine if you should get a paid rap beat making software or a free version.
On my blog there are 3 main beat making software that I always recommend because they are great for the novice and experienced rap music producer.
The 14 Best Rap Beat Makers
1. Dr. Drum
Dr. Drum is one of the most popular beat making software’s in the world and if you haven’t heard of them before you have probably been living under a rock. The main reason why I like Dr Drum is because it just so darn easy to use and it comes with a ton of features, like a 16 track sequencer and a 12 pad drum machine. You can download it right away and start making rap music beats in a matter of minutes.
2. BTV Solo
BTV Solo is another one of the softwares that I recommend and although it has features that professional rap producers can use, I mainly suggest beginners start with BTV Solo. Why? It’s all based online so there is nothing you have to download. All you need is an internet connection and an account and you can start making beats immediately. This really does give you a lot of freedom to make rap beats anywhere on the planet. Whenever you are feeling inspired just log in to your account and start creating.
3. FL Studio
My next recommendation is a very popular beat making software and that would be FL Studio. This is a company that has been around for a very long time. It comes with all the bells and whistles and it can be somewhat complex for a novice to the music making industry. I think this beat making software are for 2 types of producers. The first are those that are experienced and those that are beginners but very serious about producing rap beats. If you know that you want to make hot beats for a living and this is not a phase in your life then FL studio is for you.
4. Jam Studio
You can create music for free with the Jam Studio app. The options that t comes with are limited but there is more than enough to start making music with.
Mixxx is a beat making program that you would need to download. The reason why it is called Mixxx is because you can start to mix all your music and create a unique sound. One of your goals when it comes to making rap beats is to stand out with your own sound and mixxx will help you do that. It works both on any Mac or PC.
6. Splice Beat Maker
Splice Beat Maker comes with a free version and a paid version. You can get a lot done with the free version but to get more options I think that the paid option would serve you best.
What I like about Drumbot the online rap beat maker is that it’s free and it comes with a ton of drum samples and step sequencers. As far as free version for beat making software I think this is one of my favorites.
The name dumb.com sounds ridiculous on the surface but i you want to make some dumb sounding hip hop beats, you can’t go wrong with dumb.com. You can make some quality music but it does lack th sequencers.
9. Ronin Asylum
I visited their website and they claim that you can make rap music that you can compare to your favorite music producers in the hip hop industry. They have a rap beat maker software that you can use online but you can download their app also. If you have a powerful computer download this app but if not just use their online beat maker.
What I like about sountrap is that you can download it as a mobile app and use it on your computer as well. You can start making a rap beat on your phone and then when you get home you can transfer your sound to your computer and finish everything. They also have an option on their site where you can upload your music and work with producers.
With ButtonBass you can make some good sounding rap music because they offer a variety of sample packs and sounds that can aid you in making your music. I like their software because it actually helps you along the way of making the beats. Great for newbies!
So you are looking for a rap beat maker online. Doesn’t the name CreateRaps sound like it can help you do just that. You don’t have to download anything, you can visit their site and start making the beats you want right away.
I know that you are looking to create some hip hop beats but I like LoopLabs because it offers a variety of different sounds. So if you are creative enough you can make some very interesting tracks. I like Looplabs because there are so many options of sounds that you can play with. This is a very fun music making software.
Soundation is one of my favorite websites because of the opportunity to collaborate with other artist. If you are a true music producer you should not like limitations. Soundation doesn’t limit you to sounds only rappers would use. There are so many options of sounds to choose from in their free version but if you purchase their paid version they will open the floodgates to more features.
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The 3 Best Dubstep Makers
Are you looking for the best dubstep maker?
I know that we all love the dubstep, so in order for you to create your own unique dubstep sound you will need some quality software to make that happen. What I am going to show you today are some software’s that you can download that will help you make those dubsteps quickly.
Take a look at this list of best dubstep maker software for creating those hot bass beats that we all love to hear.
#1. Dr. Drum
Dr Drum is the most popular beat making software because I think that we all have heard this one before. If you haven’t, you probably have been living under a rock. Recently the developers over a Dr Drum decided to listen to their consumers and added a feature that gives you more options to create to create your very own dubstep beat. What I like about this software is that it’s just so easy to use.
I am going to show you 2 reasons why Dr. Drum is the software to use for making Dubsteps
BTV Solo is another popular beat making software that you have probably heard of. The power behind BTV Solo is similar to Dr Drum it really simple to use and since they added the ability to make those dubsteps with the software, consumers have fallen in love with them even more.
There are 2 main reasons why I absolutely love using BTV Solo.
FL Studios which is short for Fruity Loops is one of the most popular beat making softwares on the market. I recommend this type of software for those that know what they are doing at least on a intermediate level. Out of the 3 software’s this is by far the most powerful for making dubstep because it just better.
If you are just starting out but you are serious about making this a career I will say go for it, just prepare yourself mentally to learn because there are so many cool features it will take some time to learn them all. The community for Fl studios is very large, just do a search for their product on Youtube and you will see an endless supply of tutorials for all the help you need.
The price of the dubstep software is a little off putting BUT you do get what you pay for with FL Studio. I myself use FL Studio and BTV Solo pretty much on a daily basis and have made a LOT of music with both.
The price for FL Studios is a little high being priced at $200 but this is the software that i use because it is the most powerful. And i decided to go with this one because I was serious about my career as a music producer.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen those are the 3 best softwares that you can use right now for making dubsteps. I do recommend that you visit their websites to make sure they offer all the features that you need. I have used all 3 of them and I like all 3. My recommendation to you before you purchase is to have an honest discussion with yourself to know how serious you are taking this.
If you would like to try it out go with BTV Solo or Dr. Drum because they are so easy to use and you can create a quality sound. If you are looking to become a professional in this industry then I would advise you go with FL Studio.
Dubstep MusicWe all relate to music because it touches us on a deep level. If you want to add to the world by creating music, you should most definitely create your own dubstep masterpiece. This is probably one of the most popular techniques in the hip hop music producing industry so you should fight to create your own sound. Always know that you create your own sound, you are the master of your dubstep.
How dubstep works
Defining a type of music is always difficult for me but let me give it a try. The dubstep usually deals with the power of percussions as the base of your beat which causes the foot to tap and you head to nod to the beat. It was also known as a dance beat hint the name dubstep because it’s music you can step to.
In order to put together a dubstep beat you need to do it electronically with a software. Basically you manipulate the beat until you find the right sound that you were looking for.
Why it is effective?
Dubstep sounding beats are able to instantly grab your attention if done corretly and this is why they are so effective. Why do you think hip hop music is so popular and even techno, it’s not only the artist but it’s the sound of the music that grabs your body and make you dance or nod your head. Even if you hate the two musical genres I just mentioned you know a hip hop song or techno song when you hear it. That because of Dubstep maker software.
How to make dubstep
So if you have decided that you want to give this music producing thing a try, go ahead and download one of the dubstep making software that mentioned earlier. The first thing you need to do is get to know the interface of the software. The directions that I am giving below are general because I have no idea which software you using.
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Best Drum Machine Software
Whatever you think about drum machine software, you must realize that it falls under two separate categories. Some are created to mirror the old school class beatboxing sound. While the other type of drum machine software is made to create a unique sound that is more original in nature. What we have noticed over the past few years is a blending of the two styles and concepts. I really think this is cool because music producers can gain inspiration from some traditional sounds while not losing the ability to be creative.
The list that you are about to read below are what we consider to be the best drum machine software or plugins on the planet today. Just as a disclaimer I want you to know that we are not looking at only drum sample machines. Everything on this list has the ability to perform its own sequencing.
Sonic Charge MicroTonic
The sonic charge micro tonic is an 8 channel drum machine that has developed a great reputation online over the years. The company responsible for this drum machine software is the same company who built Malstrom.
I like this plugin because each drum is produced by a module that comes with an oscillator and it can be run through an EQ filter. It does come with a step sequencer and a ton of patterns but the if you are looking for a drum machine that sounds like real drums this might not be the one for you. But if you are looking for that electric sound this is the perfect addition for you.
The D16 Drumazon was created with a ton of features that will allow you to create a ton of different and unique sounds. I like to compare the Drumazon to Roland’s classic, it’s not the same but it is a possible substitute fo it. I would actually prefer the Drumazon over any other 909 hardware.
Why? Because it simply gives you more options to create more sounds and quite frankly the sound quality is amazing.
All of the drums that come with the Nepheton have a controls that extend with more options. It does not have as many options like Drumazon but it is still very effective.
It has the Sweep knob to add that kick you need and it dictates your pitch envelope and range. You can also make a unique sound with the Decay knob. I must admit it’s not the most diverse drum machine software but it’s great for an electro sound.
Nithonat is Rolands TR 606 drum machine blasted with steroids. This drum machine is a beast. You get
all the bells and whistles like the kick, low toms, cymbals, snare and so much more. You also get a step sequencer that has pattern based arrangement options. You can create/synthesize all of your beats in real time. You really need to play with this plugin because it there are so many options that I can’t list all of them in this review. I will probably write a full review on this Nithonat separately.
What Audiorealism has done is to put all of the Roland classic TR beats into one plugin. This drum machine software has a step sequencer, 808 sounds and so much more. What you are going to discover after tinkering with Audiorealism is that it sounds completely authentic.
You can use analogue modeling for all the sounds and to add icing to the cake you can also mix and match your sounds from different kits. This is an amazing drum machine software.
If you want a ton of control over your sound then the Drumaxx drum machine plugin is agreat option. It is a physical drum machine that gives you the options to make changes to the properties of the drum head, striking action and mallet. You can add a lot of tones such as snares and cymbals, and sound effects. It even comes with a 16 button program shown on the GUI.
Who is this for?
If you are looking to replace a real drummer this is not the tool for you but it will help you produce some quality sounds. If you are looking to synthesize and do quick tweaks to make original drum sounds then you should check this out.
AudioSpillage is perfect if you are looking for just a drum synthesizer. It comes with 4 basic sounds you can work with. Those are hi-hat, bass, snare and wood drums. The track lengths can be altered in the sequencer and you can also assign a value to whatever step you’d like in the sequencer.
Another feature that I like is the ability to drag and drop samples in and then you can manipulate the pitch, distortion and modulation.
This drum machine software comes at a very good price for what it offers, just add some FX and realtime control options and you got yourself a powerful tool.
Audio Damage Tattoo
What the audio damage tattoo drum machine offers are 12 synthesize drum sounds. Each one comes with editing abilities and they are set up to be very user friendly. When you are ready to do sequencing it comes with 32 steps, all you have to do click on blocks to show where you would like the drum sound to hit. You can also add some variations as wells.
At a first glance you will probably think that this drum machine software is not that advanced but once you dig into it and start playing with it, you will quickly change your mind. It is an excellent drum machine plugin and I would recommend it.
A question was emailed to me the other day, "what are the best beat making apps for iPad and is t possible to make quality beats witht these apps."
The five best iPad apps for beat making:
Best Beat Making Apps for iPad
Learn More About iMaschine Here
This is by far one of the most well known iOS apps on the market today for creating beats. Before you download any app we typically look at the reviews and this software has a ton of positive reviews from real users.
One of the benefits of iMaschine is that it works on all iOS devices because it has no problem at all adjusting to different screen sizes. This is gives us a user friendly option that can’t be over looked.
Features: It comes with 16 pads for a groove production that is done in real time and it comes with a library of sounds that makes creating beats easy. What I really like is the keyboard mode because you can play chords, melodies and bass. Another powerful feature is that you can actually record audio as well, just add a mic to your iPad and start recording.
This free app does have a paid version but the free version is pretty awesome as well. It allows you to create music in a matter of minutes and it has a very user friendly interface.
When I took a look online at it’s downloads, not only did it have over one million downloads most of the reviews for this iPad beat making app were positive.
It comes with a 8 drum pads that are high quality and 16 drum samples. What I really like about this app is that you can tap the pads with your fingers like a real drum machine. Most definitely you should download this one.
You can buy this app here: GarageBand
If you have an apple device than you have probably heard of Garage Band because it’s an apple product and it is the most popular beat making app on iOS because we all know that Apple makes quality products.
An awesome feature of Garage Band is how many instruments that you can use. Simply using your fingers to add more sounds to the beat that you are making is a lot of fun. You can mix up to 32 tracks using the instruments that they offer. Also, I must mention that you can do loops and add audio recordings.
You can buy this app here: GarageBand
Figure by Propellerhead (Free)
Here’s the link to get it: Figure
This is another beat making app that will turn your iPad or iPhone into a powerful music production device. When the popular company Propellerhead created this app we al knew that it would to-notch because this company has been making quality desktop software that’s amazing. So we knew they would bring that same energy to creating an awesome iOS app for making beats. Also, remember that this app is free to download.
Figure was a real success and has many positive reviews and thousands of happy users that use this app on a daily basis. Here is what Magazine Wired said about this app :
Figure has so many amazing features and functionalities that will blow your mind. I’ll let you discover them after downloading the app.
You will be amazed at how many features that comes with this app. So many that I can’t write about them all. I recommend that you download this software and play with it so you can get a better understanding of how it works. I felt comfortable writing about this app because it there were so many positive reviews.
BeatMaker 3 ($24.99)
You can buy it from iTunes here: BeatMaker 3
BeatMaker brings unmatched efficiency and depth in an intuitive audio and MIDI workstation. Look no further, the power of traditional desktop software and real hardware is now united into one single production studio.
What sets BeatMaker apart from its competitors is its powerful audio and MIDI dashboard. What you get is a full desktop version of a beat making software right on your iPad. This is the single most powerful music making app you can add to your iOS device hands down.
When I checked in the App Store for its ratings and it was close to 5 stars.
This app was created to be similar to the professional stuff. It’s suited for live performance and intuitive composition, with ease, produce complete songs using trigger pads, sequencing tools, audio effects and much more!
This app does have a pretty high price tag that’s why I recommend only those that are serious about making beats purchase this software. It was created to for professionals or those aspiring to become professional music producers. You can make complete songs and tracks with the finger pads, audio effects, sequencing tools and so much more.
What you have to ask yourself before you download a beat making app for your iPad is how serious are you about producing music. If this something that you would like to do as hobby make sure you pick something easy and fun to use. But if you are seriously pursuing a future in the music industry by making hot beats than I would recommend one of the more full suite options.
Mobile apps are becoming more powerful everyday because cell phones also known as smart phones are constantly improving everyday. This is just the bottom line apps are getting so much better because the quality of smart phones are improving every year.
Because of the new iPad being released with some extremely power attributes, it’s now time for the iOS app developers to build amazing apps that will make creating beats simple but yet powerful.
As a fellow beat maker I decided to test out some beat making apps to see which one’s I think are really good. I have to say that you will be surprised with how amazing some of these beat making iPad apps are! If you are stuck in a traditional way of thinking that you have to have a studio and a mixing board well you may not need that for much longer.
The same goes with Apple’s App Store. There are hundreds of beat making and drum machines that are both fun and easy to use. Below, you’ll find five of the best beat making apps of iOS (works on both iPad & iPhone) in my opinion.
Apple’s App Store has hundreds of beat making and drum machine apps that you can download and start using right away. They are fun and very easy to use. Of course I did not review 100’s of apps but I did put together a list of 5 iPad beat making apps that I think are very powerful for experienced and novice users.
When you have a passion for music and want to produce your music, the digital beat programs are one of the best and cheapest methods to achieve your dreams. You could have music ringing in your coronary heart, and need to best your songs. The very best answer is to spend money on best electronic music software that meets your requirements. The digital beat software will translate your dream into reality by making it easier to record your beats and vocals in a simple but professional way.
The electronic beat software creates a virtual recording studio exactly where you can generate a number of instruments. You can produce instrumental music which can be played again. The software assists you within the integration of the various musical instruments to produce melodies and beats to meet your expectations. The software is programmed with the numerous musical designs, and also the artist can mix the various musical styles to produce their very own musical style.
The software can mix many channels with varied equalization capabilities. Making use of this software the artist can generate professionally arranged music by using the virtual studio. The software gives you the latitude needed in that you simply can edit your music in line together with your goals and taste.
With the ability to record your musical tracks and playback system the virtual studio is a great way for storing and retrieving your music. The music can then be edited and improved with the ability to remix them at will. The virtual studios make music manufacturing easy and fulfilling.
The electronic beat making software is adaptable to a number of other software's such as Adobe, Linux, and Audacity to point out but a few. The musician can choose from the assortment of software to figure out the software compatible with their computer methods. Given the variety of software, the musician can choose the software that performs to their expectations.
You'll find various music types such as reggae, jazz, and hip-hop and also the musician can use the electronic beats software to play the music that fits their style. The software is programmed to play all types of music styles. The benefit of this is that the artist can choose from a wide variety of beats and style as well as mix the numerous styles to create their very own.
Music software is a superb way to generate music on the low budget. The software can help you conserve a great deal of money as the individual instrumentalist within a live band will cost you a fortune. The software has a wide range of instruments which may be played and recorded using the virtual studio. The instruments can be mixed using the multi-channels and equalizers producing good quality music at very low budgets.
Within this electronic age, the artist will advantage significantly by investing in the best electronic music software. They will reduce their manufacturing budget and also have the versatility and freedom to create good quality music. The artist could make their dream come true as most of the instances numerous individuals are prohibited from generating music owing to the substantial price of production using a reside band.
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Nowadays, up and coming trap artists have many ways to get their voice out there, and there are tons of self-made producers claiming to have the best beats to trap to. Below are a few tips that will help you get the quality sound that we all envision during a recording session. But, having dope music is no longer enough. It has to be perfect. The idea of recording a demo has evolved with the advancement of software processing tools and home studios. But, what if you're just a rapper and not a producer? They key to recording a dope mix-tape is finding top quality beats to trap to. Okay, so you find a beat you're feeling.
When making a hard beat, it helps if you are in an aggressive mood. This will get you that natural feel that the track needs. Most dark tracks are in minor keys. So whatever key you're playing in, make sure it is minor. This gives it a dark and edgy feel. Use great samples with your subs. These have to be very heavy. However, leave room for your kick drum to breathe. If your kick does not stand out, there is no foundation sonically. So here are the key points: Solid bass, minor key, kick as the foundation.
Next, I will go a little deeper into instrumentation. To get a nice hard core sound, try using some warm pads, some staccato string ensembles, and some quirky synths as leads. Brass sections are the ultimate instrumental-darkeners. Using any variation of low raspy trombones, and French horns will give you that aggression that you look for in your hard trap beats. Crisp snares, dark bells, Punchy kicks, smooth crashes,light hi-hats, and sizzling open hats are all components that should be put into the mix as well.
Next up is tempo. What is a hard beat when the tempo is too slow? This can easily kill the vibe and give you an entirely different effect than you intended. BPMs for these types of tracks should range from 125-140 for dirty south or trap-like beats, and 80-105 for East Coast style beats. If you stay within this range for your given genre, you will find that you get a nice vibe from the beat.
Now that you have the basics for setting up an intense instrumental, you have the tools to start making some money off of your music. It is easy these days. It is easier than trying to apply to every job on your block and hoping you get hired by someone so that they can tell you what to do. Go ahead, throw some tracks together, get a website, and don't be afraid to start making some cash with your newly acclaimed hard rap beats.
If you are a beginner when it comes to making beats we recommend using the BTV Solo or Dr Drum software you can check out our review here.
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