Did you happen to have no inspiration and not be able to make anything?
Well, in these cases, we would do well a little push.
There are, looking on google, many freeware software that allow you to generate random riffs in MIDI format, useful in these cases.
Who knows, maybe our inspiration can come back to the surface, and a few random note something good could come out!
I simply suggest a site where you can do all this and more, and then, send you an email with the MIDI file created.
Very simple and intuitive!
If you search on google:
“random riff generator software”
you can find many other software…
Or if you have accidentally FL STUDIO, in the PIANO ROLL in the menu there is an entry that says RIFF MACHINE.
With that you can create random riffs, studied, according to the notethe scale, length, and much more.
Choosing the best DJ software can be a complicated business; it’s not just a simple case of knowing what OS you’re running and how much you’re looking to spend.
It’s worth considering what you want your software to do: do you need the ability to play four or more tracks at once, or will two decks suffice? What about playing samples or loops?
Then there are controllers to consider – do you want a piece of software that can work with your favourite MIDI controller? Or what about using old-fashioned turntables and a digital vinyl system? Or there’s the exciting new possibility of using an iPad for the ultimate house party solution.
To help you get to the bottom of the confusing deluge of options available, here are 10 of our favourite DJing applications.
1. Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2
Price: US$89 (around £59/AU$87)
The top end of the digital DJ market is dominated by Native Instruments and Serato. Of the two brands’ applications, NI’s Traktor just about comes out top thanks to its endlessly flexible performance features and its all-round intuitiveness and reliability.
Traktor comes in two forms: Traktor Pro, which can be controlled using a traditional mouse and keyboard or one of an endless list of hardware DJ controllers, and Traktor Scratch, which is designed to be used in conjunction with one of Native Instruments’ digital vinyl setups.
Serato was an early pioneer of the concept of digital vinyl DJing, and for years the company dominated the professional DJ software market. Scratch Live is probably still the most popular digital vinyl system out there, but it’s only available when bought in conjunction with an official Rane audio interface.
Serato DJ is the latest version of the company’s controller-orientated software, and it’s the first version of Serato that can be used with any MIDI controller. A free version, Serato DJ Intro, is also available.
3. Ableton Live
Ableton Live wasn’t initially designed as a DJ application; when the software first launched in 2001 it was pitched purely as a DAW (digital audio workstation) and marketed as a piece of music production software.
It quickly proved immensely popular with DJs, however, thanks to its unique Session View – a window dedicated to launching synchronised loops – and the intuitive way it handles the retiming of audio files.
For those after an application that blurs the line between DJing, live performance and production, Ableton Live is unbeatable.
Deckadance comes from Image-Line, the developer behind cult production software FL Studio (or Fruity Loops, as it was originally known.)
Its two biggest selling points are its open nature – meaning it supports a huge range of DJ controllers and digital vinyl system – and the fact it can run as a VST within a host DAW. The downside is that it only features two decks, as opposed to four like Traktor and Serato.
5. Magix Digital DJ 2
Digital DJ 2 is effectively a cut down, entry-level version of Image-Line’s Deckadance. It’s relatively basic and light on advanced features, but it certainly gets the job done.
What’s more, the features it does pack are all of a high quality; its auto beat matching is excellent, the effects sound good and it includes a neat little sample player. It also supports a wide range of hardware controllers, which is a big plus.
Recently launched iOS app Traktor DJ is almost certainly the best of the ever-growing list of DJ tools on the App Store. It’s a stripped back version of its PC/Mac counterpart, offering two-channel mixing, basic effects and the best beat detection capabilities of any iPad app.
The app makes excellent use of the device’s touchscreen for intuitive track navigation and mixing. Best of all, it syncs bi-directionally with its bigger sibling, meaning Traktor users can share track info between their iPad and main DJ setup. The app requires iOS 6.0 or later.
CrossDJ, from French developer Mixvibes, punches well above its entry-level price point; despite being cheaper than some of its closest rivals, the software is surprisingly well equipped, reliable and nicely designed.
It also has one of the best beat mapping systems of any DJ app on the market. It does, however, have a handful of minor limitations, such as featuring a maximum of just two decks and having a fairly weak collection of effects.
The djay app was originally launched as an entry-level Mac application, but it’s in its iPad incarnation that algoriddim’s software really shines. Although these days Traktor DJ is probably the most effectively implemented tool on the App Store, djay held that title until very recently, and it still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Chiefly it boasts the ability to connect to a variety of hardware DJ controllers for a more traditional mixing experience. The app requires iOS 4.3 or later.
For years VirtualDJ had a bad reputation, which could be traced back, in part, to the fact that its earliest incarnations were relatively naff, toy-like DJ applications. Recent versions, however, have become very impressive and have been able to compete with – and in places outdo – the bigger names.
Notably, version 7 can support up to 99 decks (not that anyone in their right mind would need so many) and can live-sample incoming audio.
10. Pioneer Rekordbox
Pioneer’s free Rekordbox application doesn’t actually handle any mixing, rather the app – which Pioneer describe as an “iTunes for DJs” – is a tool for prepping and managing audio files ahead of DJ sets.
The software can be used to analyse tracks to discover their BPM, view waveforms, set cue points and edit track information, all of which can be read by Pioneer’s CDJs – which are the industry standard in clubs around the world.
Into this list there are all the most popular music software for make music.
I started using FL studio, i think is the better for start!
All of these Software are a good choice which can be used to create an entire song. This list should help people who are choosing their first piece of DAW software and give a good idea on the vast array of DAW products that are on offer.
I use the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) term loosely to mean any piece of software which could be used to edit and record a track from start to finish so there might be software on here which whether it is a DAW or not is up for discussion, but all software listed below has and can be been used to produce professional sounding tracks.
Remember to try each one out before you buy by finding the demo, I have linked to many of the demos below. If no demo is available also try watching video tutorials on YouTube and you will be able to see the interface and techniques being used. Most of these also have a forum where you could go and ask to make sure that they can achieve what you require and also any necessary features. I have included icons to show which operating system the DAW software supports (Windows, Linux, Mac OS).
Good luck in finding the perfect DAW to create your music.
I hear a lot of people talk about FL Studio being good for beginners and it is good for some beginners and not so much for others. As the name suggests FL Studio is a little loop orientated but as newer versions have come out the software has become more and more like a virtual studio. It still isn’t for everybody and is not the way to go if you are going to be doing a lot of recording of audio, but if you are looking for software to program in beats and tracks then it is going to be a great piece of software for you.
Reason is software which tries to emulate the hardware environment within software. You have samplers, synthesizers, effect and more in a rack which can wired to each other and then add in a sequencer and you have a full electronic music workstation on your computer. Lack of VST support and audio recording abilities have been one of the common aggravations I have heard from Reason users but you can ‘Rewire’ (connect) the software to another DAWs which has rewire support. Great piece of software for those who want that hardware feel but has a steeper learning curve than others.
Reaper is made by a small number of people and is very inexpensive compared to others DAWs on the market, yet it still manages to include all the necessary requirements for most people. The evaluation version is ‘complete and uncrippled’ so is worth trying out at only a 4 megabyte download. Most people will fall into the bracket of getting the discounted license too which costs just ‘$60’. Reaper supports many plug-in types including VSTi’s and to beef Reaper up you will probably want to either invest in some plug-ins or find some great free plug-ins to get the most out of the software.
Garageband comes with the Apple Mac software pack called iLife. It is an entry-level DAW and simply allows you to record, edit and mix. It is like the stepping stone application to going on to use Logic (see below) as Logic can open Garageband files. Can be extended with various ‘Jam Packs’ to add new instruments. Not for PC and no support for VST plug-ins.
Windows is no longer supported by Logic, so you’re going to need a Mac to run. Logic is the DAW of choice for many Mac users.
Logic comes complete with many plug-ins and effects. AU plug-ins are only supported and no VST support meaning many use a VST to AU wrapper.
Ableton attempts to give the ability to be able to play live electronic music and achieves this quite well by using a system of creating clips of music and giving control to change and edit them live. The suite version comes with additional synthesizers, drum machines. The vast array of effect plug-ins mean you will rarely will you feel the need to go for external effects.
DAW software that is started out as a loop system. Many loop sample packs can be bought as acidized loop files which contain information to quickly edit them within software such as ACID which support these loops. There is also a free version called ACID Xpress which contains some limitations such as a 10 track limit.
Some people say this is the ultimate DAW, the main feature is that it has superb hardware support which works with the DigiDesign mixing desks meaning that it bridges the gap between the hardware gear and software gear environments.
One of the oldest DAWs available and has gone through many changes and redesigns over the years. This was the DAW that first introduced VST/VSTis a long time ago which are still used today. Obviously it is one of the best DAWs out the due to its heritage and that means there are a lot which swear by it.
This product is similar to Cubase but has more features that make it more about media production such as video sequencing, 5.1 surround sound etc. For music it is good but unless you need these extras you will probably want to stick with Steinberg’s Cubase instead.