Have Fun Making Music On Your Own
While musicians in the past always had to recruit a band and figure out somewhere they could jam with a drummer (without getting evicted), in 2017, the rules of the game have changed. These days there are a plethora of tools that can help you record music in your own home, or even jam by yourself if the mood strikes you. If you’re a parent, then this can be helpful in terms of encouraging your child to learn music, and if you’re an adult who used to play in a band, these tools can help you rekindle the magic of building a song. Whether it’s a recording suite, a looping pedal or a drum machine, there are endless ways to keep yourself busy into the early hours of the morning, working on tunes and dancing by yourself.
If you own a Mac, then you already have the program Garage Band. If you’re just getting started, this may be enough. However, after a while, you will probably want to move on to something a little bit more advanced. Ableton Live is a fantastic tool if you’re looking to become a DJ in the genre of electronic music. The percussion presets and the way you can manipulate it on the fly allows for an ease of use that lends itself well to a live show. Logic Pro, on the other, might be better if you want to make demos for your rock band. The Ultrabeat program that comes with Logic allows users to create beats by clicking squares on a grid. Don’t worry about mastering counter-rhythms with your various limbs or clanging around on noisy drum kit – with Ultrabeat, you can simply pick a drum sound that suits your song and goes to town.
If you get frustrated playing the guitar all by yourself, you may find that these types of recording suites make practicing more exciting, since you can actually build and record a song as you learn more and more tricks.
If you visit you local Long & McQuade music store in search of a looping pedal, chances are the sales representatives will recommend the RC-1 Loop Station from Boss. Boss is the industry standard for pedals, and this standard looping pedal is the most reliable version in this price range. The newest edition has twelve minutes of recording time on it if you want to make a really epic loop on your bass, guitar or keyboard. If you want to jam with yourself, but staring at a computer isn’t exactly your scene, looping your own guitar and then jamming along with yourself is a great option that feels more organic.
While the recording suites listed above do come complete with digital drum machines, some people are more attracted to the tactile experience and the rich tones of the real deal. The Roland TR-8 is an example of a fantastic drum machine that comprises many classic sounds from drum machines that would cost an arm and a leg at a vintage music shop. With built-in 808 and 909 drum pads and 16 trigger pads, you may not be able to tear yourself away from this rhythm machine, and that’s okay.