5 Programs for Creating and Recording Music (Open Source / Free)


This is TJ, in this video I want to quickly
share with you 5 programs that are awesome tools for working with music and audio on
your computer. These programs are audacity, Linux multimedia
student, ardour, mixx and spek, and all these programs are completely free to download and
use for both personal and commercial use. They’re also all open source software and
if you want to download them and try them out for yourself you can find download links
at my website TJ free.com. Lets take a look at the first program audacity. Audacity is an audio recording program. This blue part here is actually the audio
file I just barely recorded, I can play it. Okay we can then apply different effects to
this audio file I just recorded, we can for example for dramatic effect revers the whole
selection. You can use this program for a lot of things
and its pretty easy to use, has a simple interface. You can use it for example you can take the
lyrics off of a song so you have a just a karaoke type version. You can take an audio recording and change
the pitch, the speed, the tempo, you can amplify it, it’s just got a lot of different effects
you can use and it’s great for recording and capturing audio. You can then export it in wave format, you
can also get pluggins to export it in MP3 format and things like that. And then you can use those recordings to work
in some of these over programs we’re going to look at. Audacity works on windows, Macintosh and Linux,
so does this next one, LMMS, it’ll work on Linux, Macintosh, and windows. And it is a program very similar to fruity
loops studio, so you can create some pretty cool music with it. You can use audio samples like things you’ve
recor4ded yourself or you can also create synthesized music. I’ll show you can example of a piece of
a demo that comes with the program. You can listen to each track individually. Here is the bass line. This is one of the melody parts. This baseline editor is pretty easy to use,
as far as the melodies and things you can edit them. This has a keyboard. If you have a midi keyboard you can input
it that way or you can just click and move these notes around. And when you play it, so we’ve kinda changed
the way the song is supposed to be. Lot’s of cool things, it has a bunch of
built in synthesizing tools and effects and cool stuff like that. Fun one to play with, LMMS. Ardour is a Linux only program and it’s
an audio workstation. it’s great for tacking recorded tracks and
piecing them together like you would in a recording studio. You record the audio and then the drums and
then the different instruments. Here’s to guitar parts that I recorded in
and tried to synch together. It lets you drag the different parts around. You can also apply lots of different effects
similar to audacity but it’s designed for working with multiple tracks ardour is. Again this is a Linux only program. I’m running windows 7, the reason I can
show it to you is because I am running a virtual machine. That’s an option too, if you have a windows
computer and want to use ardour, you can install a virtual Linux machine to us it. This next program Mixx is a DJ mixing tool,
you can use it for live broadcasting or for dances, clubs, parties, things like that. I’ll just show you a sample of what it can
do. So all different kinds of effects, and you
drag and drop these up to here. Let me show you, if I pause this one i can
drag a new one in over here. And then when we start playing it we can mix
over to it. It has the disks here. Anyway, it’s a fun one to play with. You can export, you can save and record you
music you create with it too. You can also set it up to do an auto DJ where
you put a bunch of songs and it will jump to the next one and play and mix your music
together that way. Spek is that last one I want to show you. And spek is a spectrogram analyzer for MP3
and a couple different formats of audio files. So it shows you, for example, it tells you
the quality, visually represents the quality of an audio file. That’s what I use it for anyway. So if I go to a file here, I can throw it
in here and I can tell right away that the tops of all these audio files have been clipped
off, so even though it says it’s a high quality audio file from the specs of it. I can tell that it’s not really that great. And I guess in theory you can tell by listening
to it too, but it’s a great tool for a quick glance at what quality of audio you going
to be working with. Okay, well those are the programs I wanted
to share with you today, I appreciate your time in watching this video. Check out my other ones I’ve got another
video on music composition for composing sheet music, you might be interested in that. Yea, check out my other videos and have a
great day.

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