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Offline TheCasual

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Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« on: February 11, 2014, 02:31:41 pm »
For the few months I've not had a laptop and I've just bought one.

Just wonder what the useful software/programmes I can download for Windows 8.1?

I'd like a free alternative to Pro Tools and something to help me with starting  transcribing?
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Re: Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 03:28:22 pm »
It's not free but for what you get it's like being able to buy gold for $50 an ounce.

You will have Bing all this..

Reaper, The software, the forum, the whole deal. There is a free software thread in there somewhere as well.

Mobious - Free Looper

KVR Forum -- free stuff by group ( synth, FX, etc. ) they even have contests for designers.

Computer Music Magazine out of UK - Every issue has a complete recording studio on DVD and access to online downloads. In addition they have a full free version of 'something', could be a delay, EQ, synth, who knows what... but it's all good... In fact there is so much free stuff out there of such high quality that it's mind boggling.

The trick though is learning how to use it all....

If someone asked me was is the fastest and best sounding way to from zero to sounding good and they had $100... I would say.

Reaper 4 - $60 -- might be a little more now
Secrts of Mixing  Mike Senior $25
Reaper Explained Kenny Gioia - $30
Reaper manual ( free and big ) reaper forum ( free )
The ePub books published for Reaper by a person whose name I can't remember maybe $20-$30 more if you buy them all.

Free plugins - priceless

I think that all adds up to about $100 in 'musician math'

There is just so much quality information in what I have listed there that it take you years upon years to do it on your own and maybe then never even think of the things presented. In fact.. I would say you never would even think to do the things they teach.

So it's not the "where is the free stuff"... it's where do I dig in and get started learning how this mess works.

Reaper manual is free and 400+ pages and you could apply it to many things. But again, I would spring for Reaper and the rest can be done for free if need be... but those books i mentioned are well worth the cost and I have read many of the books out there and seen the instruction videos. I rate those very high for what that is worth... teaching ability, content, price.

Bobby Owinski's books and vids are good too but they are for people who have some experience and are used to listening to subtle details and basically hear what is wrong but don't get how to fix it. In other words you have learned a lot of the above stuff and can operate the system but don't make good musical / sonic decisions.


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Re: Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 04:32:37 pm »
Good, informative post, TB-AV. Not recording anything myself but looking into it (prob after my next PC build). Online researching lead me to Reaper. Gets good reviews and a great price.

Didn't know about that Computer Magazine stuff, though. Cheers.
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Re: Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 04:52:19 pm »
http://www.musicradar.com/computermusic

In USA at Barnes and Noble

Kindle, etc.. $5

This is similar but more heavy on EDM http://www.musictech.net/

Computer Music has theory articles and actual music making articles as well as walk through how to's on the software...

and again... one issue gets you the entire CM Studio of software to date... each month it grows by one more item.

I feel it's the best out there.
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Re: Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2014, 06:09:08 pm »
For the few months I've not had a laptop and I've just bought one.

Just wonder what the useful software/programmes I can download for Windows 8.1?

I'd like a free alternative to Pro Tools and something to help me with starting  transcribing?

Just download best practice it's a free transcribing software it's pretty similar to Transcribe!
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Re: Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2014, 06:26:42 pm »
Link?  can't seem to locate that one.
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Re: Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2014, 06:35:39 pm »
It's linked from the Transcribe site - BestPractice is one word http://bestpractice.sourceforge.net/

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Re: Useful free Guitar/music Software/Programmes?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2014, 07:16:57 pm »
Thanks for the info people.

I've been playing with Audacity today. Hopefully I'll have something to post in the next few days.
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