Music Production Software Blog. Day 2.

Afternoon dudes,

I’ve done nothing apart from play around with my iPad this morning – things are just too damn addictive when you’ve got the right bit of software running on them!  Anyway was checking these cool little gadgets to stick on the front that basically convert your iPad into a fully functioning DJ deck. They’re crazy! You have a couple of little wheels that you position in the right place on the graphic, a cross-fader (which is bizarrely placed at the top) and you can edit effects, loops and stuff just like a pair of CDJs !


Anyway – I thought a little bit about how to organize this and figured you want some kind of order. So I’m going to split the site into categories and I’m gonna start with what I know best – beats. So I think we’ll have a “Drum Machines”, “Samplers”, “Loop player”, “Loop libraries”, “Pro drum software” or something like that.

Of course – at this stage I’m gonna ask for suggestions from you all (especially those who call me the most with tech problems – for some reason I’m the ‘tech guru’ in the studio too).

So where to start?  Maybe it’s just an idea if I upload one of my own tracks for you to listen to, just to give you an idea of what sort of things I’ll be laying down in the first parts of this, er, guide? tutorial? review? repository? whatever it’s going to be called I don’t mind!

One idea which I have decided with this, is a section for DJing stuff – The DJ BLoG. In there I’ll keep all the software and related tools DJ related only. Music production stuff stays here where is belongs.

Welcome to Beat Maker

beat-maker_smallWell first, let me say hello.

I’ve built this site with the pure intention of gathering together tools, sounds, samples & software that I use on a regular basis when making music. The reason for this? Simply so that whenever I set up a new mini studio somewhere, I have everything that I need at my fingertips and it don’t matter where the hell I am.  This is gonna be my personal internet bookmark.

Originally I was going to leave myself some little notes by each entry – really just so I could remember details like how many tracks / channels certain bits of software had etc. but then thought – sod it, it would be useful for when I’m showing other people how to set up this shizzle on their computers to have better notes. So hence it’s a bit longer winded than I intended, but you’ll find some really useful notes hopefully, and save you time (as time goes by this site will become bigger and bigger).

Anyway – while thinking about it properly I ended up with the format that you see now. It may change, it may not – probably just depends on how I feel that day to be honest. ;)

Without further – I bid ye well and hope you find this a useful repository.

Some feedback is always welcome too of course!

The Beat Maker