Create Your Own Music Free, Sound Impossible?

Is Creating For Free Possible?

Here are a few nice recorder programs that allow you to create your own music free! When I started recording music that I wrote all we had was a reel to reel or a cassette deck. The first recorder I owned was a Yamaha 4 track which cost a fortune in 1990. I re-named it the tape stretcher for crying out loud – and it did!

Then I got all fancy and bought a digital recorder, the Roland VS-880. It wasn’t free believe me and you had to re-program your brain to use it – and I did!

 Have a look at this amazing technology available for the downloading.

1. Audacity

Folks this program looks amazing. Please read description below and download!

Available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux

Audacity is the go-to open source audio recording application, and as long as your goals aren’t overly ambitious, it puts an enormous amount of power in your hands. It can record just about anything you throw at it, whether it’s from a microphone, through the line-in jack, or live streaming audio (if supported by your sound card), all in a lightweight and clean interface. Many recording enthusiasts, especially pod-casters, appreciate Audacity’s uncomplicated user experience and ease of use.

Audacity supports recording in sample rates from 44.1 to an excessive 192 kHz, which sets the stage for studio-caliber and even ultrasonic recordings, if you have the hardware to handle it. Also included is support for 32-bit floating point, providing ample headroom for your recorded signal.

It comes with effects such as an equalizer with helpful presets, pitch, speed and tempo controls, delay, reverb, compressor, fade in/out, and a noise remover. You can expand this palette thanks to Audacity’s generous support of VST, LADSPA, Nyquist and Audio Unit plugins.

Audacity’s strength is its simplicity. While you can make it do multi-track recording if you’re so inclined, it will never gain centerpiece status in a true recording studio. However, it is beginner-friendly, easy to utilize for quick edits that need to be made on the fly (whether that means filtering out unwanted noise, boosting vocals or other frequencies through equalization, or just cutting and pasting), and extremely well-suited for simple hobbyist and podcast recording applications.

2. Kristal Audio Engine

This program is FREE and look what it can do! Please read description below and download.

Available for Windows

Kristal, above and beyond a simple recorder and editor, is billed as a true digital audio workstation (DAW) with everything needed for basic mastering and mixing under the hood. Like Audacity, it also supports sample rates of 44.1 to 192 kHz and 32-bit float.

Kristal’s feature set, which includes the “Kristalizer” dynamics tool, is high-quality. Kristal easily handles VST plugins, but worth noting is the built-in support for ASIO plugins, which is a plus for those who have an ASIO sound card and wish to take advantage of the low latency it offers.

A few caveats are in line, however. Kristal doesn’t natively export to mp3 files, everything besides the mixer is loaded as a separate plugin (which complicates the user interface somewhat and may feel like overkill for smaller editing tasks), and 16 tracks is the maximum number supported number of tracks, which might dampen ambitions for mixing symphonies. However, Kristal stands out as an all-purpose free DAW with all the features that simple audio engineering projects may require.

3. Traverso

Here is one that will teach how to use it while you’re using it and when you’re done burn you own demo CD and it’s FREE! Please read description below and download.

Available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux

Traverso, another fully featured DAW that’s sure to meet common recording needs, is all about convenience.

This program eschews a traditional “menu” structure in favor of innovative keyboard and mouse shortcuts, which brings a crisp immediacy to recording tasks. There’s no doubt about it–there will be a bit of a learning curve–but the developers claim to have integrated input and execution so seamlessly that you practically learn how to do things as you go along. Furthermore, users have an array of options that make recording demo CDs a snap. You can create tables of contents and burn discs without ever leaving Traverso.

Other features that dovetail nicely with the “stay out of the way” philosophy behind Traverso include non-destructive editing, or the ability to use plugins and make edits without changing the actual sample, and lockless real-time audio processing, which reduces latency and streamlines performance. Traverso’s commitment to intuitive recording and mastering controls makes the program stand out among its similarly free counterparts.

4. Ardour DAW

This recording program will definitely challenge you and will run nicely on your Apple. Please read description below and download.

Available for Mac OS and Linux

Ardour is yet another great free DAW: one that is taking aim at cream-of-the-crop professional software and is promising for real studios with low budgets.

It features non-destructive editing, 32-bit float, supports unlimited tracks, and has extremely flexible routing capabilities. With support for LADSPA, LV2, and VST plugins, you’ll be able to make your favorite customizations without a hassle. Synchronization with video is supported, and full handling of MIDI recording, playback and editing is expected with the highly-anticipated release of the third edition of Ardour.

The thing that really sets Ardour apart from the rest of the pack is what’s under the hood. It runs on JACK, an underlying sound server that facilitates low-latency audio recording and communication among various programs. Although Ardour itself only runs on Mac OS and Linux at present, a Windows port has been conceptualized and efforts towards building one are in full swing as of June 2012, and JACK is already a true cross-platform utility that runs on the aforementioned systems as well as Windows. JACK is excellent at handling MIDI, so Ardour will take full advantage of that upon the release of the third edition.

Ardour is complex and certainly not for newbies. Some have complained about the potentially confusing graphical user interface (GUI), which is quite inaccessible to someone who’s never seen or seriously worked with a DAW before. But if you’re an audio engineer of any level of experience and strapped for cash, you may find that Ardour fits the bill for your projects quite nicely.

5. Jokosher

This recording may be more intuitive for you musicians out there. Please read description below and download.

Available for Windows and Linux

Jokosher is billed as the “musician’s DAW” and the Linux alternative to GarageBand, the standard, pre-installed, easy-to-use workstation for Macs. Here, you won’t find advanced editing and mastering tools by the names that most engineers know: it’s a program that speaks in a music maker’s language.

While not as heavyweight as its counterparts, Jokosher takes a lot of the guesswork out of the recording process for people who are new to it. All of the basic, expected editing tools are at the user’s disposal. Startup is fast, easy and straightforward. Tracks are called “instruments,” and you can literally set them up based on the type of instrument you’re intending to record. If it’s an acoustic guitar for example, simply select “Acoustic Guitar” and the track will be clearly labeled as such with a cute picture to boot, providing a nice visual layout of instruments used in the mix.

Jokosher supports LADSPA plugins only, and as of June 2012 it’s still in its early development stages. But for musicians and podcasters who want to record simple products and get a first taste of manipulating tracks in a DAW, this simple program is hard to beat.

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Merry

    Great information Greg. Especially those that are interested in doing podcasts. I am thinking you could do one of the free ones for video as well or is that a bit too much? I know most if not all computers have a built-in microphone and I wonder if that is why you often see a lag in the video when they are talking.

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    1. admin

      Appreciate the comment. That is a good idea to podcast one of these programs. I know that podcasts are important and I’m working up to that part of the website building.

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  2. James

    you are good on your low hanging fruit very good site well put together

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