Easy to use drum and synth tools
August 27, 2013 11:13 AM Subscribe
Bedroom musicians - I need some tools to create basic drum and synth parts while recording. It needs to be stupid easy (as in "I am stupid, make this easy") to use. What are your recommendations?
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I use Reaper for a DAW and just bought a Korg nanoKey2 to input MIDI parts (hopefully a step up from the previous mouse-and-keyboard combination). I'm currently using a free version of Magix Independence
as a sampler workstation and I'm just not satisfied with it - too complicated, too hard to use, and I don't need most of the features. I feel like I'm spending more time troubleshooting software than actually recording anything. All I want to do is input some simple drum tracks, bass lines, and maybe synth parts to back up my guitar and vocals.
What are your recommendations for free/cheap and easy to use drum and MIDI/snyth programs? The nanoKey2 came with a license for EZ Drummer Lite - is that worth using? I'd like to avoid installing three dozens different programs to try and weed out the ones I don't like. I am also am slowly turning into Crotchety Luddite so if it's not super simple to use I'd really appreciate some excellent, well-written documentation (along the lines of "insert Tab A into Slot B" type setup and use instructions - I'm moderately confident with Reaper but there's still a lot I don't really understand, especially with this electronic music stuff).