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Hypothetically speaking [Mar. 21st, 2011|08:38 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Okay. Suppose you're a person with musical training, computer savvy, plenty of disposable income, an extremely small apartment, some free time after work, and a thousand songs in your head. What are the best tools/products/instruments/software/whatever to use to cause the songs to get out of your head and onto recordable media? Think of this as a desert-island scenario, if desert islands were extremely clean and had AC power. Go.


[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2011-03-22 03:42 am (UTC)
Sampler pedal and Audacity with crappy laptop microphone.

I'm serious about the sampler pedal.
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[User Picture]From: DeMarko [wordpress.com]
2011-03-22 07:06 am (UTC)
Gameboy + LSDJ and your laptop
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[User Picture]From: cola_fan
2011-03-22 10:52 am (UTC)
For musical rapid prototyping, I've always had luck with sequencers. Some drafts I've made in a few hours with Fruity Loops. Also a decent DAW so you can record and mix things, I'm a fan of Tracktion, but there are lots of alternatives.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2011-03-22 06:06 pm (UTC)
I want to make an album-a-day!

When are you going to do it? Let's simul-album!
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From: sherwooddotnu
2011-03-23 05:44 am (UTC)
Ben recommends you check out Ableton Live and midi programming.
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-03-23 05:25 pm (UTC)
I've grown used to Ableton Live. It's very flexible software, and in a pinch the included instruments are good enough to get a song idea out (Ex. http://www.hellagems.com/blog/2009/08/18/the-ballad-of-danger/). It's a good songwriting sketch pad.

For sounds you can't do much better than Komplete (now version 7). It's a Native Instruments pack of their virtual instruments. There are enough sounds in the presets there to compose almost anything. It has the highest range of different sounds, while compartmentalizing those sounds into distinct entities. Meaning if you just want to load a piano and a drum kit, that is pretty easy to do.

Along with this I'd get a good audio interface. I have my eye on this one: http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/audio-express/

Also, if you got Komplete, then you could probably get by with Reaper, which is much cheaper than Ableton Live.
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-03-23 05:27 pm (UTC)
Also, if you decide you don't like Ableton, you can resell it, as Ableton lets you transfer your license to another party. That's how I got my first Ableton license... which I ended up transferring to Bill after buying an educational version of Ableton Suite 8 (Live + all of Ableton's instruments... which I hardly use).
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2011-04-18 09:07 pm (UTC)
Go. To. A. Recording. Studio.

Please. Seriously. Musicians not going to recording studios anymore is the reason why my boss, who has been recording them with love and skill since 1980, struggles to keep the lights on.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-04-19 01:27 am (UTC)
Can I come record at Studiomedia with you when I'm back in the midwest? I'll pay the normal rate for it (but I also just want to hang out with you).
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