Software and How it Shaped Music

Technology has greatly improved over the years and has made it easy for individuals to enjoy music from various countries and artists. Currently, the use of music software is not an option but more of necessity and the functionality of the various music software has been enhanced. All you simply need to do is to plug into a computer or laptop running the music software which is relevant to the task you want to perform. You can use the music software to compose musicals, for digital recording and to create electronic music as well as other musical applications that the software can perform. As of 2014, people have been able to make music via the phone. If an individual needs to record music, the chances are that he/she is going to need some software to record. The following software programs played a significant role in shaping modern music.

Performer (1985)
The Performer was among the earliest commercial software sequencers for Apple’s Macintosh system. Producers could now dig deeper into the hidden features which were previously only patchable using a clunky LCD. The program was renamed Digital Performer five years after the release date when the sequencer’s advanced MIDI capabilities were bolstered using a hard disk recording option. The Performer was designed to compose and sequence tracks visually with the aid of electronic instruments. Digital Performer helped set the stage for the emergence of the digital audio workstation. According to Sean Booth in a 2008 interview, if he were to be locked up in jail for one year and allowed only one piece of equipment, he would go for a copy of the Digital Performer. Wendy Carlos, the synth innovator, also considers the Digital Performer to be the one essential piece of software equipment.

OctaMED (1989)
This software became popular among groups of programmers, visual artists, and electronic musicians. These artists would show off their work through short presentations that ran before cracked versions of applications to highlight their skills on top of the cracking itself. The MED came in place because it was aimed squarely at musicians. OctaMED was released in 1991 and by 1996; it supported hard disk audio recording and sixty-four channels. The program was a creation tool for budding music producers who were realizing that they did not have to possess any traditional musical skills to put together tracks. OctaMED was cheap, easy to use and powerful and helped shape the early sound of 90s hardcore drum and bass music. Omni Trio used the OctaMED to craft a majority of his hit single ‘The Deepest Cut.

Pro Tools (1991)
The program was developed by Peter Gotcher and Evan Brooks who were fascinated by the Drumulator which was an early sample-based drum machine. During those days, sounds had to be dubbed on a clunky videotape-based system. The two developers came up Sound Designer, a basic audio recording and editing package. However, Sound Designer was very limited. In 1989, they released their first trail of a full-featured digital recording package that offered far more flexibility than simple sample editing known as Sound Tools. Pro Tools followed suit in 1991 pushing the concept even further with the ability to add multitrack audio recording across four channels. Pro Tools was able to succeed where other platforms had failed because it allowed producers to stack effects without the worry of the computer systems coming to a halt. Pro Tools also allowed users to focus more on audio since the bundled effects sounded incredible. Pro Tools was championed by big name producers such as Dr. Dre and Timbaland. Pro Tools was responsible for providing the world with Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’ which was recorded within a hard disk system.

Garageband (2004)
The Apple Companu came up with a software known as the Garageband that would interest new users with a user-friendly system. The software featured audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and virtual instruments bundled with every Macintosh computer sold in the market. Individuals purchasing a new iMac had access to the music creation software, Garageband offers 24-bit recording, automation, notation, and even multiple time stretching – something that would have been priced at a premium a while back. Apple released an app version of Garageband in 2011 so that it that could be used with the iPad. Garageband is a piece of free software, and none of the additional options is intimidating for beginners. Producers can record vocals or instruments directly into the arrange panel and lock the sounds to a tempo, before adding beats and synthesizers from an array of included plug-ins. According to T-Pain, it was a necessity that drew him to Garageband. He experienced a power blackout in the studio, and his laptop saved the day. He had never tried Garageband before, but within forty minutes he had a good beat, then forty minutes later he came up with ‘I am in Luv With a Stripper.’