Computer Music – any ideas?
I would like to tap your brains for knowledge. Please help me out.
I would like to set up my computer as a Music Machine. It’s a reasonably modern desktop with a built-in soundcard which runs WinXP and Ubuntu Linux. I’m what you’d call computer literate, but I know little about music software.Anyway, I would like to do one or any of the following:
- Use it as a fancified live FX processor for my bass guitar (y’know, delay effects and whatnot)
- Get a basic synthesiser so as to make strange washes of ambient/electronic noise.
- Er… drum loops?
- What software will I need? I’ve been told you can get VST hosts for free, but is this enough? Ableton Live is often touted… is it worth it? (One could always get a student discount after all)
- Will I need a special soundcard? An expensive one?
Any help appreciated!