The topic for this week is creating music on your computer. Depending on your operating system and budget you can spend quite a lot or very little on music software. The style or genre of music you play will also affect what choices you have. In general I tend to prefer free or inexpensive software, but that route can be tricky for a novice computer user or musician. One of my favorite free tools (open source) for music creation is Audacity. You can use it to record audio from a microphone or instrument plugged into your PC sound card, edit and apply effects, and save your creation. The program is easy enough for kids to use (I know of one 9-year old who loves it) and deep enough for a pro. Audacity works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix. Give it a try, and give me some feedback if you like it (or if you think it’s crap). You can view a Wikipedia article on Audacity here. In future installments I’ll post other recommended music creation programs.
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