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What do I need to be a bedroom / no plans on going public / turntablist?

I am obsessed with DJ Yoda, who is a pretty famous turntablist DJ. Example of his work In a nutshell, he takes either existing music or beats he creates on his own and mixes it with dialogue samples from other music, tv shows, movies, etc.....Add some scratching and all that type of stuff. I wanna learn how to do that. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Mar 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a way to ditch the album cover view in Music app on my iphone?

This is simple. When my phone is in portrait modein the native music app, you get a useful player. But in landscape mode the screen turns into a collection of album covers to choose music. Which stinks. Any way to have the portrait usability in landscape mode?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Using a 13" MacBook Air as an audio delay.

This is for live sound at a party. I need to add a delay to a set of speakers to synchronize them with the main stacks. I don't have a digital console or an effects box capable of this. Could I use something like Audiomulch to do it? How would I set up my 13" MacBook Air so it won't shut don't or cut the audio for several hours? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me make Beautiful Music with my computer.

What software for the Mac will let me import midi files and produce a full piano score for the song? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Nov 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Something like Audiosurf for OS X?

Is there a game like Audiosurf for OS X that doesn't involve shooting stuff? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Sep 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I use Mainstage 3 instruments in Garageband '11?

My wife is a keyboard player (I play guitar) and we are trying to use our new MacBook Pro for our practice sessions. She got her MIDI keyboard to play through Garageband but wanted better piano sounds, so I bought Mainstage 3 for $30 (after Googling the question). Mainstage 3 has much better sounds like Hammond B3, Rhodes, etc. [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Sep 17, 2013 - 0 answers

How to batch embed album artwork on a Mac

Can you recommend software to use to embed album cover artwork into mp3s on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by diamondsky on Aug 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Fight Planned Obsolescence!

We have an old Airport Express Base Station (model A1084), 2 Macbooks running 10.6.8, an analog receiver, and a set of analog speakers. Can we make these things play nice together? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 23, 2013 - 9 answers

What was the Mac program with vector graphics that kept time to music?

Back in the very late 90s a friend passed along a copy of a configurable Mac program that acted as sort of a screen saver (but I don't think that was its primary purpose) that produced different kinds of firework-like vector graphics that moved and changed in time to whatever music you had playing on the computer at the time. There were a number of variables you could control, including the design of the graphics, and maybe the colors, too. I remember on a couple of occasions needing to get a new copy and the only place I ever found it was on Macster; I'm almost positive it wasn't commercially available, but it was probably shareware. I want to say it was German, but I may be thinking of the game Oxyd. Does anyone remember what this program was, and if there is a modern-day equivalent for Mac?
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Combining 2 iTunes Libraries

Two macs, one old, one newer. Trying to combine to distinct iTunes libraries into one, without losing playlists. [more inside]
posted by Bohemia Mountain on Feb 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Remote app in reverse?

I have a Macbook Air and an iPad. When they're both at home I want to be able to control music playback on the iPad from the Air. What do I want? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Sep 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Is the IMac faster than the MacBook Pro?

My older Mac mini cant handle my music making needs anymore. I use it to run Logic, Reason, and many soft synths. as well as record 8 channels of audio and applying effects etc. I am not sure if I should get an Imac or a MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by digividal on Aug 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Don't say "ITunes"

I need a music player for Mac OS that emulates Windows Winamp. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Bounced track from Logic won't play in iTunes. Thoughts?

Logic Pro 9 question: suddenly when I bounce a song from Logic to my desktop (in .aif format) and then try to play in iTunes, it will import into iTunes, but it won't play. I'm relatively new to logic, but I've done this before with no problems. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Oct 30, 2011 - 5 answers

What do I need to create dance-rock on a Mac/iPad in 2011?

Bring me up to date on modern music creation on a Mac and/or iPad? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Oct 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me become a bedroom musician

I'm a professional musician, but specifically a classical musician with essentially no experience with sequencing, recording, amplification, or anything to do with electronics. Can you tell me how I become a bedroom musician? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Oct 9, 2011 - 18 answers

Fade in and out of iTunes?

How can I fade in and out in the most recent version of iTunes? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Sep 18, 2011 - 3 answers

MacAmp?

Winamp Style music visualization for Intel OSX? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jul 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Having made the transition from Windows to OSX as my primary machine, I (almost) couldn't be happier... except...

I feel like this must be a tremendously stupid question: what's the best way to backup my photos on my mac? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Jul 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me find the software sequencer of my dreams.

What sequencer+daw on the Mac handles clips/phrases in a song as links back to a master instance of the clip, rather than as individual copies? [more inside]
posted by txsebastien on May 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Make my mac a pitch pipe/tuning fork

Is there a free program or way to have my macbook act as a pitch pipe/tuning fork, at various frequencies? For example, a sustained A at 441 Hz. And then other notes from the chromatic scale using equal temperament. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Oct 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Change order of iTunes Playlists

In iTunes, how do I arrange the order in which my playlists are arranged? The default is alphabetical, how do I arrange them in my own chosen order. [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Apr 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Writing and editing midi files on a Mac

Please help me find cheap, easy-to-use, music recording/MIDI software for Mac. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Mar 3, 2010 - 9 answers

What's the best wireless audio bridge / networked digital audio receiver that works on the Mac?

What's the best wireless audio bridge / networked digital audio receiver that works on the Mac? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Nov 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Music-making: Suggest a capable laptop, please!

Which laptop computer for making music? It's PC vs Mac with the usual provisos... [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Nov 24, 2009 - 13 answers

Cleaning up messy music folders

Help me clean up my messy music files [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Oct 11, 2009 - 11 answers

soulSuX: I need music!

Its been a couplefew years and there is still no decent music sharing solution for mac? Theres got to be something, right? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw on Sep 24, 2009 - 6 answers

One Image, One Audio Clip: One Movie?

How to make a video from an audio track for Youtube? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Aug 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Feed my iPhone

A desktop, a laptop, an external hard drive, an iPhone, and me. How should I sync my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by doift on Jun 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Best jump-in-and-go software for n00b composer on a Mac?

Looking for good composition software on Mac. No actual recorded tracks- it'd be all Kurzweil PC-88 inputted MIDI. Must-haves include fairly easy ability to just jump in and start composin', a music score notation interface, very realistic quality of the instruments (i.e., that my midi inputted keyboard can still sound like a darn good bass guitar), and decent ability to refine the sound quality. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Jun 23, 2009 - 9 answers

How to make the Mac play nice with my Sansa?

How to sync Macbook with a non-iPod MP3 player? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 22, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I make a rad Stop-Motion animation in Final Cut

How can I make a stop-motion animation in Final Cut Pro from a series of many photographs? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Apr 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Adobe Audacity vs Logic Express

Switched to Mac, looking for Adobe Audacity replacement. Should I go for Logic Express? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Apr 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Best Mac DJ software?

Best Mac DJ software? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Mar 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Mac me a music machine

A family friend recently gave my kids a first generation iMac G3 (the bondi blue one). We've got loads of PCs around the house, but this is our first Mac. We also have a Yamaha P-120 digital piano. The kids are away for Spring Break and I'd love to surprise them by connecting the two so they can compose, experiment and generally mess around with music on the computer. The problem? Despite strong geekish tendencies, I know nothing about macs, midi or music. And googling isn't leading to anything particularly helpful for someone who knows zero about this stuff. [more inside]
posted by Hali on Mar 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Learning to read music on my Mac?

Great learning-to-read-music program for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Feb 28, 2009 - 1 answer

Is there a Mac app that will let me draw (and listen to) a waveform?

Is there a (hopefully free) Mac app that will let me draw (and listen to) a waveform? I just switched to a Mac 4 months ago, and I remember there being all sorts of little audio tools that did stuff like this, but now I need one that will allow me to simply draw a waveform. Now, ideally I'd like to paste in graphical or vector shapes (photoshop or illustrator) and use those as the waveforms -this is really what I'm looking for - like a line to waveform ability. Would an oscilloscope-type software be more what I'm looking for, and would that allow me to "dial" between the drawn waveforms? Thanks!
posted by itchi23 on Jan 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Not Getting Famous on YouTube

I have a song I composed / recorded / etc. I'd like to make simple video by cutting together fragments of public-domain films with this song. I have a MacBook. How to get to point B? iMovie is crashing on every import. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Which speakers should I get for my Mac?

I'm going to be relying on my iMac and the music stored on it for a while. I would like to get a set of speakers so that the computer sounds better. What reasonably-priced powered speakers have folks had success with? I'd rather not get a separate subwoofer. I'd be willing to get a small amp and use my small stereo speakers if all the other options are too crappy. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Researching going legit with dubiously sourced music collection

Legitimizing iTunes Library. I have *ahem* a friend. This friend has a reasonably large digital music collection being managed by iTunes on a Mac. He would like to understand the cost of ensuring this collection is 100% legal, having realized that the vast majority of it is not. [more inside]
posted by superfurry on Jun 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Which Macbook for Music Production?

Macbooks; I'm going to university this September to study a music technology course, all their computers are macs, I'd like to buy one so I can take my work home. For music recording and production, which macbook is most suitable for me? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Jun 10, 2008 - 19 answers

gc wants to make the bleepy bloopy sounds =(

Tracking software makes me weep. Help me find a simple program for making music on my computer. [more inside]
posted by gc on Jun 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Whats a good streaming source for Leopard?

What is a good icecast source client for leopard? [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy on May 21, 2008 - 6 answers

PC iPod + New Macbook = Headache

PCtoMacFilter: Is there an easier (faster) way to get my 37 gigs of music stranded on my PC formatted iPod onto my new Macbook than copying it to a PC with 3rd party software, burning it to dvds, and then ripping the dvds onto the Mac? Apple says "no," but please tell me they are wrong.
posted by Hollow on Mar 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Mac music notation composer?

SheetMusicFilter: Is there a program on Mac similar to Noteworthy Composer? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Feb 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Beat Detective wanted

Are there any free realtime osx beat detection plugins or applications? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell on Jan 28, 2008 - 3 answers

What tools exist for OS X to manage my music library?

What tools exist for OS X to manage my music library? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Jan 12, 2008 - 9 answers

So, a keyboard is like a metaphor for...21 guitars?

How can a keyboard represent a guitar?! [more inside]
posted by evariste on Nov 22, 2007 - 25 answers

Want small digital camcorder, under $1000, that allows editing on Mac and will be used for filming around London.

I want to buy a small, Mac-compatible digital camcorder. My budget is under $1000. I will be using the camera to shoot videos that I will project when I play gigs with my band. I will probably also use it to film other people's gigs. [more inside]
posted by pollystark on Sep 21, 2007 - 2 answers

Want to add real mixing to my mix CDs on my Mac.

I'm a long time mixtape (er CD..) enthusiast and MAc user, and I'd like to take things to the next level by actually doing some real mixing and looping etc in my creations. I've researched a lot of DJ tools (Tracktor, Logic, Mixxx, etc), but I'm not really interested in doing anything live or realtime. Nor do I particularly care to replicate decks. On the other hand, I don't think high-level audio production suites are what I'm looking for either. Overkill. Either way, the costs seem prohibitive in most cases. It boils down to this: I need to be able to beatmatch, crossfade, loop and save to mp3 and then split the resulting track into smaller ones of my choosing. My thoughts so far are to use a BPM counter in Itunes and then try my hand at Audacity. Don't really know how to split mp3s yet... Any alternative ideas or successful set-ups?
posted by two7s_clash on Jun 16, 2007 - 7 answers

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