chibear wrote:Another old guy here Have you downloaded the demo and checked out the multitude of loops that come with Mixcraft?
As far as ease of use, I don't think you'll find a DAW more intuitive than Mixcraft. When I first began on version 5 years ago, I watched the intro video and didn't even refer to the manual until 3 days later. Plus, grandpa, we have the OFC (old fart's club) who don't mind approaching any issues from a multitude of different directions. You'll be at home here
Mark Bliss wrote:Welcome Brewsir, Glad to have you join the "family"!
I think song construction kits would suit your described needs well. And in addition I would add that they are a great resource for learning some basics of editing and mixing while quickly getting some pretty good results.
And what a perfect way to create some audio clips for your video footage! (Hey, that wasn't your rig hovering over my hot tub last weekend was it? )
The problem is that in the loop world, good complete song construction kits seem to be far less common than one would expect. And of course, most of them are Hip Hop, House, EDM, etc. genres. And many are things like guitar loop sets that leave you to programming your own drums, etc. which is not what you want from what you describe.
And when you do find some good ones they aren't very inexpensive. Part of the reason may be production costs, and the fact they are often sold in multiple file formats that sometimes include licensed sampler files that many of us don't really need for the intended purpose. But that said, if you want good files, they usually don't come from the discount bin. Expect to pay in the neighborhood of $75 to $125 or so for packages of 10, 12 or so "deconstructed" song sets.
Now one bit of a warning, while this is a fun way to create music clips as for the purpose you describe, and a great way to learn some skills using your DAW IMO, it is not as easy as one might imagine to bend and tweak the song sets into something you may have in your head. They tend to come out pretty much very strongly resembling the song as it was created. As in pretty un-original.
That's not to say amazing things aren't possible, but you may find going beyond creating sections (Verses, choruses, intro/outro's etc) and arranging them into a tune of desired length, going far beyond that can be surprisingly frustrating. And sooner or later, you may run into the situation where someone has used the same resources to make music that sounds awfully similar........ Which brings us to the folks who "create" songs this way and try to declare copyright entitlement when the little bots identify similar music.......
I still recommend it for your described purpose, and if you are interested, PM me with some specifics about the desired style/genre and I'll guide you toward some resources if I can.
Brewsir wrote: How do you keep from hating your song?
Tiasdad wrote:Hi & welcome Brewsir,
I would get my head into some You Tube 12 bar tutorials and make use of that keyboard,
You may not think you're a musician but you soon will be
Try these ... https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... ard+basics
Mark Bliss wrote:That's a good tip, for both some basic structure and some basic music theory.
Whether you choose a keyboard, guitar, ukulele, kazoo.....
3 major chords, 12 bar structure and a minor scale melody and away we go!
Conquering the basics of this little stage is worthy of a smile, a sense of accomplishment and provide great fun! And its not hard at all once you dig in!
Then later you add some slight variations and your making music, AND know and understand the foundation of a million blues, rock and country songs. Literally!
Soon enough you begin to listen and notice that you sense the key, the pattern and chord progression in your head, and quickly learn to figure out a lot by ear.
.... until some dude with a funny hat and a pencil mustache sits down with a worn looking archtop guitar with what looks like a wah pedal but turns out to be a volume pedal and starts riffing modal scale jazz runs over some diminished 9th chords with hardly a detectable pattern at all, and your brain turns to scrambled eggs.
Watch out for those guys, their agents of the devil.
outteh wrote:I assume you are aware that there are quite a few loops in Mixcraft library that are actually small progressions in the 12 bar format. If you check out some of the guitar rythm loops of the blues genre, you'll hear them. From here you can plugin some of the guitar leads and drum and bass loops and actually create a simple 12 bar blues song.
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