Mar 242012

With computers getting faster and cheaper all the time, much of the traditional studio equipment that used to cost thousands of dollars to set up and hours of time to figure out, can now be folded into a piece of software.

It would be wrong to call these beat maker software programs simple, but they sure are inexpensive and much easier to use than many of their physical predecessors.

Several programs below $50 compete for an ever growing audience of beat makers, DJ’s and dub artists. So it’s now actually quiet easy to get your feet wet and try some of your own beat ideas. You may actually be happy for quite some time exploring your own beats with this software before you feel the need to upgrade.

Because the latest version of beat maker software is doing quite well in the areas of ease of use, quality of sounds, and variety of  features.

Let’s dive a little deeper into each of these sectors.

Ease Of Use

Most of the modern software interfaces are built to look like a hardware synth combined with a track and timing grid that is known in software sequencers. Some also have an on-screen keyboard that you can click on with the mouse. It’s pretty easy to get a hang of the basic functions of entering and editing MIDI events that trigger sounds.

Another element is the sound selection feature. You can expect a vast array of different sounds to come with the software, so you want to make sure that they are well categorized, and easy to browse, audition and select.

Last but not least, you should be aware that some beat maker software works online only, others you can download to your computer and some are capable of running both ways.

Sound Quality

Early software beat makers were capable of running only in mp3 sound quality. The samples and final output were all in this compressed sound format which delivers lower fidelity than the CD-quality (44.1 kHz, 16 bit) WAV format. Nowadays, you should expect CD quality samples and output from a program that is worth using.

Due to the much larger bandwidth that’s needed for WAV sound quality, online versions of most beat makers are either not using WAV or difficult to operate smoothly and with precision. Therefore, we recommend using downloadable beat makers only so you can enjoy fast performance and high sound quality.

Feature Rich Beat Maker Software

Top of the line beat maker software will have sequencer, drum pad and a virtual keyboard. Each have functions and features that range from must-have to nice extra and combined they give the user different ways to enter sound combinations and achieve the ultimate beat.