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.
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.
When I first started working with computers and music, personal computers were not capable of what they can do now. In order to compose music, one needed to send signals from the computer to additional pieces of equipment such as tone generators and samplers. This created an enormous number of connections and often the maintenance of the equipment took more time than the creative endeavors.