So, after yesterday’s introduction to creating a BeatBook, you’ve got your hardware solution, from a basic iBook with its built-in audio out all the way to a high end G4 with an 828. What about software? Thanks to the software synthesis age, software can replace thousands of dollars of hardware — and do things that weren’t possible before. Now the only challenge is choosing which to use, with limited time and money. If beats are your bread and butter, here are some ideas to maximize your software arsenal. Click ‘read more’ for all the details.
By now, you probably know the Mac has the power to be a versatile musical instrument, changing you into a one-man/woman band. iBooks and PowerBooks are ubiquitous at concerts and in the hands of DJs. Once used primarily in studios and for traditional music notation, originally laptops were primarily used by experimental academically-trained composers in live performance. Software synthesis changed all that, as reliable software samplers like Bitheadz got Macs gigs with Britney Spears and others. Now looping software allows you to compose music live and weave complex beats in realtime that were never possible before. So, you want to get wired up? Here’s a look at the software and hardware you’ll need to join the revolution. Click read more for the full story.