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Any recommendations for beat making software?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ShadeDream, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    I wanted to play about with some music software and was wondering if anyone could recommend anything? I know Fruity Loops is somewhat decent but was wondering if there's anything better that is actually different?
     
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    themidiman Power Member

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    I started with FL Studio. It's good when you are just starting out.
    I graduated to Logic Pro, but if you're on a PC, check out Cubase or Abelton.
     
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    OMGWTFISTHIS Power Member

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    FL Studio is pretty good, but Reason is a bit more advanced.

    You are obviously going to want to torrent that, as it costs well over $400 dollars. :eek:

    Good luck!
     
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    Agree with the above responses.

    FL Studios is very user friendly to start with.
     
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    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    FL studio is excellent but anything I make on it ends up sounding samey. Two cool I-Phone/Pad apps Moog Filatron....Couple of quid but a proper Moog in your pocket. Technobox think its a dollar or two but I can sit there mixing fat 808 beats for hours (to my familys bemusement) !
     
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    Erm? Reason doesn't support third party instruments, I wouldn't call it more advanced. Stable yes. But somewhat limiting due to the fact that you can only use the supplied instruments (Altho they have just introduced rack extensions). I also found that it has a sort of 'toyish' sound to it that I just couldn't shake from my work.

    My personal preference - Ableton Live. They've got a full 30 day trial on their website too.

    I've got Reason and Ableton and I find that the way I work makes Ableton much more suited to me. But you might find something else works for you. The major players are: Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Reason, Cubase and Pro Tools. There is also a few cheaper/free options around like Reaper and Traverso and the big players do have 'Lite' and stripped back versions too.

    Get the trials and see what feels good for you. Creativity is a personal thing.
     
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    moneyhustler88 Newbie

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    Reason, Beatcraft, fruityloops..they're all good
     
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    Ableton Live hands down. Or Logic.
     
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    proquickdesign Newbie

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    i use Reason for Rap Beats - Great Soft
     
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    Abelton would be one of the top pieces of software out there.
     
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    royal2b Regular Member

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    Ableton is where its at.. Reason & FL studios will get the job done as well
     
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    The owner of Dr Drum is actually somewhere around here ... maybe you can ask him for more info.
     
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    MPC 5000 + Motif XF8 + Ableton
     
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    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    Thanks for all the replies guys, I think I will give FL Studio a try and then maybe move onto something like Abelton or Reason. That's obviously only if I manage to make anything out of FL Studio. :)
     
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    you dont need florida studios if your asking this question. Get that later as you progress.

    I started out with dubturbo, and as of today i still dont use florida studios. I like to be diffrent.

    You dont want to start out with the higher software yet..
     
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    Fruity is good enough, once you learn one platform it is no big deal to use them all.
     
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    To be honest, logic, reason, cubase.. all these programs have exactly the same functions, its all about finding the one that you are most comfortable with. I have cubase and a Akai LPK25 midi controller, douwnload a couple of good VSTs.. hours of fun! :D
     
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    This must be a joke? A product that looks like it's been made by an IM'er... LOL
     
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    Yes go with dubturbo, and here is my aff. link. :rolleyes: Just kidding...

    It's like picking your favorite coding language or text editor, a lot of it's preference.

    There are great artists who use FL Studio in just about any genre so it does not mean you can't make great sounding music with it.

    Me personally, I use Ableton and love it. No real reason to learn another one unless I'm just up for learning another DAW. They all pretty much do the same things just in different ways sometimes and differ slightly. In my opinion don't focus so much on what DAW to choose, but focus more on actually producing. Search videos on YouTube for "computer music masterclass". I really enjoy Friction, Bonobo, and Mr Scruff's videos.

    Also Reason may not have plug-ins but you can use Reason via ReWire so you can use Reason in a different DAW like Cubase, Logic, etc. (correct me if I'm wrong because I've never actually done this but I'm 99% sure you can)
     
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    Presonus Studio One is by far the best DAW/music making software