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October 04, 2006

Computer Music – any ideas?

Dear Everyone,

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?
My concerns are:
  • 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!

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