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Software for your ears — or is it music?

Audio software in the market today helps you come up with original music scores. You don’t have even to be a professional to use it. Aalap A Deboor takes a look.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2009 23:38 IST
Aalap A Deboor

There’s a whole lot of audio software easily available in the market, using which you can come up with some great, original music. While some of them require expertise with musical instruments, a few others are specifically targeted at the aficionados who repent not having learnt music, or a single instrument, throughout their lives.

Software: Pro Tools
(works on both Mac OS X and Windows platforms)
What it does: The software requires an interface such as the Mbox or Digi 002 to function. Apart from enabling you to record live sound, Pro Tools also offers third-party add-on EQ (equaliser) plug-ins that allow you to make even the scantest of changes to the sound of a particular track. Which means you can even add custom EQs of your own depending on whether it’s distortion, delay, compression or flanging that you desire. Chances of you landing pirated copies of the software are slim given the fact that it is useless without the audio interface and is sold only upon purchase of the hardware.
Price: Rs 7,300
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Software: Reason (works on both Mac and Windows platforms)
What it does
: Reason is a MIDI-oriented composition software that doesn’t record audio or support audio interfaces. It isn’t a complete digital workstation in the conventional sense, so even if you want to connect your guitar and record what you’re playing, well, you can’t. But what you can do is make tunes on MIDI versions of the instrument you want, add the percussion and bass, and jazz up the final product with sound effects. Or, if you’re hell bent on composing live music, you can record using another software and import the audio file to Reason for further engineering.

Price: Rs 25,000
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