Top ten beat-making software

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Top ten beat-making software
Top beat-making software programs. (music image by peter Hires Images from

Whether you are a novice or a pro, there are a number of beat-making software programs available that put you in the driver's seat of music creation. Control of thousands of different instruments, beats and other functions are right at your fingertips with some of the beat-making applications. Many of the software choices have free demos available so you can find the right beat-making software.

Sonic Producer Pro

Sonic Producer Pro is considered the cream of the crop when it comes to beating-making software programs. Sonic Producer Pro features thousands of specialised instruments and sound effects that can be used to create and record beats and music.

Music Producer Pro

Music Producer Pro contains over 1,100 beats, melodies, chords and tracks to use for music making. The software also comes with 14 beat-making videos, as well as 10 audio lessons to teach the finer arts of beat making.

Sony Acid Pro

Sony Acid Pro is an excellent loop-based music and composition creation program. Acid Pro combines a simple, easy-to-use interface with a ton of tools for not only beat-making experts, but also novices. Acid Pro includes over 1,000 music loops that can be used to create beats for almost any musical genre.

Fruity Loops 5

Fruity Loops 5 is loaded with sound effects and tweaking tools for music producers. Songs and beats created with Fruity Loops 5 can be exported as either a WAV, MP3 or MIDI file and comes with a piano keyboard that can be connected to a computer and can work in conjunction with the program.

Pro Tools

For tweaking audio, Pro Tools is an excellent software choice. Pro Tools has applications for changing the pitch, vocals, tweaking sounds, and the isolation and removal of different background sounds. Pro Tools also supports a number of plug-ins that are used by major music developers.

Propellerhead Reason 3

Propellerhead is an expensive, but powerful music editing software. Propellerhead includes a "Combinator" function that can be used to edit instruments, effects, pattern sequences and other customisable options with a single application. Propellerhead also includes a remote function that allows the user to control multiple devices at one time.

Arturia Storm 4

Arturia Storm 4 includes beat-making software instruments and functions such as synthesizers, drum machines, sample players, effects, a mixing table and a sequencer. Audio files and instruments can be easily added using Arturia Storm's drag-and-drop feature.

Native Instruments Traktor DJ Studio

Native Instruments Traktor DJ Studio is a DJ mixing software that has tools for live remixing and recording mix audio in a number of different formats. Traktor DJ Studio is designed to work in conjunction with Stanton's FinalScratch 2 system and includes tools for Internet broadcasting, database archiving and converting multiple digital audio file formats.

Cakewalk Home Studio XL

Cakewalk Home Studio XL combines an easy-to-use interface with strong music producing tools for easy beat and music creation. Home Studio XL includes hundreds of different digital instruments that can be used in different arrangements or edited to match any beat or music.

Steinberg Cubase SE

Cubase SE includes tools for creating, sequencing and recording MIDI and other digital audio files. Cubase supports 16 VST instruments that can be used to create professional audio files in 24-bit/94 kHz resolution.

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