Music production software is used to mix and edit music samples to produce finished tracks. They are designed to simulate professional studio tools such as synthesizers, recorders, and turntables. Most programs also allow input from MIDI devices through a MIDI-out function, and record onto CDs or DVD-Audio using an integrated burning program.
Types of Music Production Software
Kinds of Music Production Software include the following:
DSP-based software uses digital signal processing (DSP) to compress sound waves into binary formats that allow them to be manipulated on the computer.
They also convert electrical signals from analog sources into digital form.
They require a special DSP hardware in older computers, because older processors cannot handle the heavy processing required by DSPs.
Native production software
Native production software uses the computer’s system resources to perform both signal processing and editing.
They do not require external hardware, but usually need a powerful sound card and processor.
They are cheaper than DSP-based software, although they offer the same sound quality.
Choosing Music Production Software (Buying tips)
MIDI input: Choose a music production software that accepts input from various MIDI devices so that you can compose directly onto the program. Make sure it converts MIDI sound formats for editing as well. Mixer and synthesizer: Look for a program with a high-quality mixer and synthesizer. The program should include synthesizers for various instruments, including bass and drum beats.