Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:11 AM
I need to make some generic background music sound tracks. I teach music and want to give clients something useful for practicing learning how to solo. I know there are tons of "free" jam tracks online, but I want to generate my own materials. I'll be publishing a book and might want to include some of them.
I'm having trouble finding the perfect program for this. I'm on a PC, and I'm looking to spend in the neighborhood of about a hundred bucks US. Or less.
I also want to be able to program and change stuff.
Years ago I had a fantastic drum machine by Boss, I think it was a DR-5. It had built in pre-set kits and samples of styles with a four-track mind, a drum track, bass, a rhythm instrument, and a solo track. I could modify anything in it by going into the music and just changing it. However, the work was labor-intensive. I wish I could find some affordable software that does all that.
Here's where I'm at so far...
Band-in-a-Box looks best to me. I can define a style, select the chord changes, and get something instantly. But...I can't edit anything really. The loops are sealed in superglue or something.
I looked at Abelton's DJ software and that will probably do most of what I need, but it leans to a certain style of music. I'm looking mostly for rock, metal, poop, country, maybe even string quartet, that sort of thing, not beat box, hip hop, trance/dance, etc. I was going to look into Fruity Loops too but backed off when I discovered it leans toward a particular style as well.
I've considered Cakewalk Music Creator.
Sony Acid Studio
Music Maker 15
I have a Lexicon Alpha and it came bundled with a very basic version of CuBase.
Plus I already own Cakewalk Music Creator 3, and have the free Audacity program.
I don't really understand how all this fits together. My main purpose here is not recording, but mixing sound loops, I guess. Most of these programs can patch together sound samples, but where do I get those? I checked out pre-packaged loops and they are very costly, like $50-100 for a collection of drums, guitar tracks, etc. By the time I'm done, I'll have invested hundreds of dollars! Yikes. Can't go that route. I don't need the latest, greatest sounds/instruments but just something decent.
And I'm not interested in 'borrowing' free sound online. I am willing to pay, but just can't afford a collection of loops as mentioned above.
I have Finale notation program and I can generate a WAV file of anything I write, even pick the instruments I want, and if it wasn't so labor-intensive, it would work for me. But I want something with pre-made loops of sound that I can edit.
Can anybody help me sort this out?