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If your ever looking for a specific sample one of the best places you could go to search would be The Freesound Project. At the time of writing this they have over 40,000 samples, all available to find via a search tool. All samples are provided free for you to use by other generous people from around the world under a creative commons license (which basically means you can use it as you like as long as you mention the person who made the sample).

I have also heard that a sample of a scream from The Freesound Project was used in the film "Children of Men" which starred Clive Owen and the user was properly credited in the credits, so if you make your own samples, why not upload them. You never know you may hear your sample in the next big movie.

The Freesound Project Logo I like The Freesound Project a lot and I thought it deserved a mention. I shall certainly be using it to search for sounds when I need a sound that I can’t make myself. Just remember to attribute the sample creator as great tools like this wouldn’t exist without them.

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Every computer musician needs to have in their collection of tools a audio editor to be able to see and edit the waveform of their sound files as well as record straight in via their soundcard from an external source. Audacity is an open source/free piece of software developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

When you start Audacity you will see that it doesn’t look amazing and whilst some of the paid for alternatives have more features, Audacity has some amazing features which can certainly be a benefit to musicians and what Audacity does, it does well. Check out their feature list. Audacity is certainly a great add-on application for users of programs like Propellerheads Reason as they can then go and edit, cut-up and tweak samples. It may not have all the features and plugins of programs like Soundforge but it certainly can do the everyday stuff and I would certainly recommend it to musicians on a budget or anyone who doesn’t need those extra features.

What is good about Audacity
  • It’s Free/Open Source Software
  • Its fast (at loading, editing, zooming etc)
  • Easy to use and simple layout
  • Multiple operating systems supported
What is bad about Audacity
  • I’m not keen on the look of the interface (Not that it matters)
  • It is missing a few features of paid for applications (But it’s free)
You can download Audacity from The Audacity web site.

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You want to start making music with your computer, So you get yourself some software and a music keyboard with a MIDI connection to your computer. But when you start to play that keyboard you suddenly realise that when you play the note on the keyboard it doesn’t play the note on the computer until a second later because of a delay caused by the latency of the card. This is what happened to me years ago when I started making music with a computer, I had a SoundBlaster Live back then which came with the computer and the MIDI latency was around 130ms which makes playing a MIDI controller pretty unplayable. So I thought there was nothing else I could do but go and buy a brand new soundcard.

That’s when I first came across The KX Project. A set of drivers that "Expands The Potential" of any EMU10K1 and EMU10K2-based soundcards such as the SoundBlaster Live. Anyway I gave them a try and uninstalled the ones that came from Creative Labs.

KX Project LogoI could not believe what a difference a set of drivers could do to my system. Suddenly my soundcard could cope with 5.33ms latency. I couldn’t believe it. It was as if the manufacturer had purposely slowed down the card to sell other more expensive "musician" cards.

Anyone starting out who can’t afford to buy a top of the range sound card and all you need is good latency and only a couple of inputs and you have one of the supported cards. I would suggest giving The KX Project Drivers a try. You might just be amazed like I was.

Article written by Edward Cufaude for Rhythm Creation.

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Everyone into Music Production loves more sound files to collect and adapt into their own music tracks and thanks to OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) they have available 10 Gigabytes of sound files available for you to download for free.

All sound files contained within the downloads are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License which means that you can share them and use them in your tracks as long as you attribute the author properly.

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Bittorrent File Download from Mininova

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