Music and Sound

Sound

I have been looking for good tools to create and edit soundtracks for my projects.  Thanks to a friend, I have a MIDI keyboard and a Roland D110 synth module.  It has that great synth sound!  I haven’t found a good MIDI editor/sequencer yet, but there are a few multi-track recording programs that are worth noting.

Roland D110 (Roland D-110 Manual)

Sound Creation

A friend pointed me to a great tool called SynthEdit that allows you to create your own synthesized sounds.  It takes MIDI input.  I highly recommend but be warned, you will spend too much time with this! 🙂    A good online resource by the author of several great YouTube tutorials on SynthEdit is here: http://www.xoxos.net/  Later we found a similar tool, but with a much better interface and features: SynthMaker.

Here is a good book, “How To Make A Noise – A comprehensive guide to synthesizer programming” located here: http://www.noisesculpture.com/index.html

Sound Recording / Editing Tools

For Mac user: go with GarageBand

For Linux: Rosegarden

For PC:

Cubase Studio 4
Ableton Live LE
Cakewalk Music Creator
MAGIX Music Maker

KVRaudio.com keeps a data base and reviews of all the apps.

MIDI Software Synthesizers / Sequencing / Editing Tools

The KORE player from Native Instruments is a free MIDI software based synthesizer.  It comes with several synthesized and sampled instruments.  You can purchase additional sounds through their website.  These sounds are simply amazing.