Sunday, May 31

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Sony Gets Steamed

Sony Creative Software are having a little sale on their loop libraries this weekend.

And when I say "little sale", I mean "buy one, get three free".

I spent a bit.  More than a bit, really.  But I cleared out my entire wishlist.

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I hadn't bought any loop libraries since 2011, when Sony moved to electronic delivery and sold off their old stock of CD-ROMs at a 75% discount, so now I'm all caught up.

Update: Oops.  Horncraft for R&B is the subtitle for Crimson, Blue, and Fabulous, which I already had.  So I only saved $1108.50 rather than $1148.50.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:53 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 What, exactly, was it that you just bought? I don't know what a "loop library" is.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, June 01 2015 12:11 AM (+rSRq)

2 They're content libraries for making music.  Rather than just having a synthesized piano sound, or a set of recorded piano notes, loops are live recordings of musicians cut into little pieces (typically 1, 2, or 4 bars) and timed and edited so that they repeat perfectly.

Plus each file is tagged with its key and tempo, and the software can shift the pitch and tempo to match that of the song.  Though that's not perfect with the software I have; sometimes it works great, but sometimes you can tell.  I try to use loops that match the key I'm working in and are pretty close to the tempo so there's minimal change.

So rather than having to sequence everything using a MIDI keyboard or a software sequencer, you can string together these pieces of rhythm and melody to produce music, so that even if you're a no-good talentless like me you can do stuff like this or this.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, June 01 2015 01:24 AM (PiXy!)

3 That is, the recordings are cut into little pieces.  Musicians tend to give unsatisfactory performances when diced.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, June 01 2015 01:25 AM (PiXy!)

4 Thank you.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, June 01 2015 02:40 AM (+rSRq)

5 Musical clip-art.

Posted by: Mauser at Monday, June 01 2015 08:53 AM (TJ7ih)

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