Quite a few people have asked us lately about getting into music or video production that we thought it warranted a blog post. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Even though you might encounter one or two technological hurdles when you’re a total beginner, today’s software is so well designed that you’ll be up and running within minutes.
The software available also means that you can create pretty professional looking and sounding videos and tracks on your PC in no time at all – even megastars like Rhianna are doing it! Yes, you read that right, Rhianna’s smash hit Umbrella which reached number one here in S.A and sold 6.6 million copies worldwide relies heavily on a slowed down version of a loop that comes with Apple’s GarageBand software (it’s called ‘Vintage Funk Kit 03’ – check it out for yourself).
Whilst by no means the only option, GarageBand is a great tool for anyone looking to create their own music or podcasts – it can record and play back multiple tracks of audio, enhance tracks, correct pitch and even auto tune to a certain degree and now that it’s available in an app form for iPad, it’s pretty much like a portable recording studio.
For those of you looking for music to add to video or a game you’ve produced, be careful, as the cost can be extremely high. There are a few good music production libraries out there, including Beatsuite.com, which offer high-quality royalty free music tracks. I mention Beatsuite specifically because they have one of the simplest download and licensing system out there, so it’s ideal for those of you who are just starting out on your digital creation journey. Even though they’re based in the UK, they’ve actually got a great section of traditional African music, available here.
So what are you waiting for go on and start making some music!