Music Creation Software – What Are Your Options?

Those of you aspiring to create and record your own music can now do it sitting at home. Music creation software packages allow you to create, record and edit music conveniently. Not just this, there are software packages that cater to different ages, from musically inclined kids to the more advanced music creating software for adults.

Morton Subotnick’s ‘Making Music’ for beginners

This is an educational and fun software for kids. Created by Morton Subotnick, an award winning composer, Making Music allows children to have an easy and enjoyable music composing experience. Designed to be kid-friendly, the software has ‘animal building blocks’ that allow children to create their own unique melodies. Rhythm and pitch can be modified by lining birds up on a wire, resembling music notes. The software also allows kids to select any of the sixteen instruments on the computer screen and listen to the sounds produced by each individually or together. Other fun and exciting games include testing kids’ musical sense by asking them to listen to two melodies and judging whether they are different or similar.

For aspiring musicians

With its popularity in Europe soaring, Music Maker from Magix allows aspiring musicians to create music even if they do not have prior knowledge of music composing. This music creating software allows users to choose from several thousand pre-created samples and loops from different musical instruments, digital music files and CDs. The samples, loops can be previewed, dragged and dropped on screen. The software allows users to create more than ninety different music tracks. Other important features of Music Maker include enhanced editing tools, a quality drum machine and a tuner that creates a complete choir from one recorded voice and also corrects recorded vocal samples automatically. The musical pieces can be exported to files and played on Windows Media Player.

Using Microsoft Songsmith, you can create songs by choosing appropriate music to accompany your vocals. You start by choosing a particular song style and setting a tempo. You will then have to sing the song into the microphone in tune with the percussive beat. Once you are done recording, Songsmith will set the key, choose the chords and play the song again with musical accompaniments. You can edit the score, export it to a disk and share it.

DUBturbo is another quality music creating software using which you can create hip-hop, house, jungle and modern music pieces. Sonic Producer is also an impressive music composition and creation software that offers bang for your buck.

Advanced music creating software

Cakewalk Creator Pro and Cubase are high-end, advanced music creation and editing software for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users. They can be used with a computer keyboard or you can attach instruments to a Midi keyboard (sound card). The programs offer more standard pattern and loop based arranging as well as advanced audio mixing. Pitch shifting and real time stretching are some interesting features offered by Cubase.