There are so many factors to consider when looking for a compatible piece of software for your musical needs. In this article I’m going to give you the main points you should focus on when looking for a suitable editing software. Before you begin your search for editing software, you should ask yourself what you specifically want to accomplish. Decide whether your interest is in making arrangements for radio by website, loading up your IPOD or creating a band’s demo CD. If you are an advanced user, it is a good idea to visit a website that displays the huge amount of plug-ins available which enhance any type of software. With so many of these virtual instruments, it is probably best for a beginner to choose editing software that already comes with selected plug-ins. This takes the guess work out deciding which plug-ins are best for your audio needs. If you’re an intermediate to advanced user, you want to lean toward program that supports a high level of manipulation with equalizers and mixers to match.
All great software programs contain and many shortcut buttons and keys on the main interface. For a beginner, these are important to master because most editing software use the same shortcut keys. Advanced user usually look past these basic tools and look on toward the equalizers, filters and analyzing aspects of the software. When it comes to recording, the best software will be able to record in all forms and formats. It should be able to be accessed by a sound card and also by a line in from a stereo source. It is also a plus if the product contains its own burning software which will allow you to create music and burn a tangible copy in the same process. Lastly, it should be able to process the preferred files of all the major file formats which include Windows Media Audio, MP3 and AIFF.
Even to an advanced user, a clean and easy to use interface on a program is very important thing. No one wants to spend hours searching through manuals and watching tutorials in order to be able to use one piece of software. The main interface should be very inviting and straight to the point. In my experiences, I have become very wary of software that focus too much on look and graphic appeal. I believe I speak for all composers when I say I don’t care how the interface looks as long as it efficiently get the job done.
Last but not least, the support is a very important part of a great audio package. Sometimes editing software can be very confusing and hard to grasp. Usually the frequently asked questions section can answer you general questions but they may not always suffice. A great staff who promptly responds to your questions is a priceless thing to have on your side when trying to produce music with a new system. I feel that this is a well known statement, but you do get what you pay for. I suggest making budget before you decide what you need and placing at least 150 dollars to the side for audio software. May all your musical dreams come true.