Online music collaboration services allow one to play music, exchange creative ideas, discover new music from other independent artists and experiment freely. A big plus is that you can collaborate with remotely connected like-minded people from around the world, which can be a big plus if one is involved in a niche music style such as glitch punk or dubstep for cats.
The benefits of entering a competition, let alone winning, are myriad. In December of last year, I was invited to submit a soundtrack for a rather strange animated short film with no title. It was a good way to develop additional scoring techniques, so I went ahead and gave it a try.
Recently, I completed a course called Introduction to Ableton Live taught by Erin Barra and offered at no cost by the massive open online course (MOOC) provider, Coursera. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the course because I had no familiarity with Ableton and assumed it was just another sequencer program. Boy, was I wrong.
Last year, I took an online course that required the use of a digital audio production application called Reaper. The name of the software comes from the acronym Rapid Environment for Audio Production Engineering and Recording. It was very easy to learn and I highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in finding out about digital audio workstations.
What’s so great about Digital Performer anyway? I’ve used a lot of other sequencing programs such as Logic, Cubase, Reaper, Reason, even ProTools (which crashed my computer relentlessly). The one thing Digital Performer does better than any other sequencing program is MIDI control. This becomes important when using virtual instruments where the control of each note is essential.