The majority of today’s musicians are not aware of the privileges that they have when it comes to recording their music. Just a couple of decades ago, our technology would be considered as a science fiction. In the past, musicians didn’t have complex and high-tech music software; they had to record their songs by using only one channel. Can you imagine that? All of the members of a band had to play at the same time, and only one channel would record the sound produces by the whole band. Of course, only professional recording studios had this kind of expensive and rare equipment, so the musicians had to pay a lot on money in order to schedule an appointment and to record their songs; there was simply no other way.
Fortunately, today everyone can have his own home studio. Everyone can get an excellent music making software that provides options and possibilities that were unimaginable until recently. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to invest a lot of money in order to come up whit your own studio; basically, all you need is just a few pieces of the equipment. Not surprisingly, the first thing that you’ll need is a decent computer. Although for some styles of music (like sampling) the list ends here, the majority of people use some additional pieces of equipment. Depending on what your favorite instrument is, you’ll need a midi keyboard, a guitar, or just a good microphone. After this, only one more thing is missing, and that is the music software.
There are many different kinds of music recording systems - some are intended for recording a guitar, others for keyboards and pianos, third for electronic music, etc… In the text below, a few of these systems will be listed and described, so that you can get familiar with their most important characteristic.
However, before we start, you should remember that there is no the best music software; the best is the one that suits you the most. Besides that, all these recording programs are very similar, as they differ only by some details, such as interface, plug-ins, stocks, etc…
Ok, now let’s see these music tools and software.
Fruity loops studio
Although in the beginning it was just a MIDI drum sequencer, today Fruity loops studio is probably the most popular music recording software. There are two main reasons for its popularity; the first one is that it can be used for many different purposes, and the second one is that it is very simple to use. One of the most common uses of this music software is making samples, i.e. taking part of a particular song and then rearrange it in order to use it as a repetitive part of another song (just listen to Eminem Sing for the moment; he used Aerosmith song Dream on as a sample).
Of course, besides this, there is also an option to record an instrument via plug-in called Edison. You just have to plug in your guitar, microphone, or keyboard, and to record it. Don’t worry if you don’t have an instrument because you can also type your melody within this program and then chose a particular instrument to play it. You can also play a drum in this program, i.e. type it in any way you want. If you are not familiar with drum playing you can always choose a particular drum sample from a huge sample library.
Needless to say that there are many different effects and filters that you can add on every channel, such as delay, reverb, distortion, compressor, etc… There is also an equalizer for every channel that allows you to change its frequencies in any way you want.
This is another great music production software. Cubase is used mostly for recording and producing music. Besides this, the new Cubase software offers great possibilities when it comes to sampling. It is very easy to extract a part of a particular song and to modify it in a whole variety of ways - you can change the sample key, set the legato or a glide effect, etc… There are also drum loops, so you can put your sample on top of the drums in order to see how they fit together. This is a great option for DJs, as they can check whether a particular tempo or drum sequence is appropriate.
Another great improvement is mixing console history - it automatically saves literary everything that you do on the mixer. You can just drag your cursor on the separate window and it will automatically lead you to the previous mixing set. You can go back as many steps as you want. This is very useful because sometimes you can set a specific mix setup and then try to improve it, but soon realize that the previous setup was much better. Probably all of the musicians know how hard it can be to set the previous setups all over again… Fortunately, with this new option, you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
Of course, you can also change the frequencies of your track, but the great thing is that, while you’re doing it, you can hear just those frequencies that you are changing. For example, if you are increasing the lows, the program will automatically raise the volume of lows so that you can hear the modifications better. You can do this with separate channels and even just with parts of the instrument (for example, just to change the frequencies of the share) within the whole track.
This music software is specified for drums. Addictive drums has a great interface; there is a high-quality graphic image of drums with all of its elements. You can choose one of over 30 different drum kits, acoustic and electric. Besides that, there is also an option to change every individual element (share or cymbal for example), and also to set the specific volume for each one of them; you can even change the microphone position.
The great thing about this software is the humanizer option. It will give a dynamic to your drums, and thus make them sound more natural and real. This is done by making the hits a little unequal in volume (for example, not every hi-hat hit will be the same). With this option on, your drums will sound almost like they have been played live.
Below the graphic image of drums, there is a mixer with 8 channels for drums elements, 3 for effects, and one master. You can add different filters to each element, such as a compressor, distortion, delay, reverb (every effect can be modified and customized).
Of course, there is also a huge number of custom beats and fills, listed by music genres, time signatures, room type, and tuning.
This is software intended for all types of guitar players. You can find all of the guitar effect imaginable in this music software, but not just that; there is also a whole collection of all of the amps that you can think of. Guitar rig is a very simple program to use; with just a few click of a mouse you can choose your sound and record your guitar part. After that has been done, you can export the recorded track into some of the mentioned music recording software, where you can do the mixing and add other instruments.
There are excellent presets for everybody, from metalheads to bossa nova artists (of course, you can create your own unique sound). There is even an option to choose the tone of some of the famous guitarists or bands, such as Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, Van Helen, Rammstein, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC…
This is one of the most extraordinary music recording software there is. Miroslav Philharmonik contains 55 gigabytes of content and over 2500 instruments, so you can get the sounds of the complete symphonic orchestra. The great thing is that the instruments were actually recorded in high definition, so they have an excellent quality and sound real. Although the software has a lot of data, its interface is actually very simple and intuitive - it has three main screens: play, mix, and edit. In the play window you can include all of the instruments that you want into 16 available channels. A mix is a place where you can adjust your sound (juts like a standard mixer) with 34 effects available. Edit option is used for the finest settings.
Although all of these music recording programs are similar, each one of them has some specific of its own. In this list, you could see some of the programs that are used for recording and mixing and those that are specified for particular instruments. Of course, there are much more similar recording systems, so you should do your research and find the one that works the best for you. You should take advantage of the internet and modern technology, and create your own studio. This possibility has never been as available as it is today.