While it is practical to use various types of computer software to produce high-caliber music, it has been found that webpages online can also enable quality music production. Musicradar‘s
AudioTool has been a staple production website for a long time, but with its constant updates, the site is essentially brand new. “The easy-to-use interface enables you to rig up Roland-style drum machines and synths and route them through Boss-style stomp boxes and into a virtual mixing desk. Some basic DAW functions – including a piano roll display – enable you to program or record MIDI,” says Cornell.
Equipped with rudimentary synths as well as a drum sounds, Soundation has all of the basics for music production. Plus, it allows users to include live recordings into production. Cornell praises the website by saying, “the layout and options should be familiar to anyone who has a passing interest in music production. The basic package comes pre-loaded with over 700 loops and samples, which can be bolstered by reasonably-priced packs that are available from the online store.” [MORE HERE]
Cornell notes the uncanny resemblance between Audio Sauna and GarageBand, and applauds the websites basic tools. “Sound-wise, there are good FM and analogue synths and also a sampler which covers drums and a few other instruments. You can load your own samples into the sampler and apply distortion, chorus and looping. Songs and tracks can be exported as WAV files or saved for future recall,” says Cornell. [MORE HERE]
With Soundtrap, users can create a maximum of five music projects. The site makes sharing and collaborating on music simple for everyone. “The loops, effects and instruments are solid… Recording external sounds is easy. Sharing a project opens up your song for friends to edit…Once your tune is complete, hit the ‘publish’ button and it’s automatically mastered and uploaded for the community to hear and comment on,” says Cornell.
Pulseboy is available both online and offline. Cornell praises the site for its genuine 8-bit sounds and ability to save projects for later. Cornell states that, “the interface is designed to mimic the classic Nintendo Game Boy and features basic controls and graphics. Across the 16 tracks you can assign simple waveforms and noise, tweaking volume, panning and low/high frequency cutoff. Then it’s simply a case of tapping out your notes on your computer keyboard.” [MORE HERE]
The simplicity of the Viktor NV-1 is one of the sites major attractions. Easy to operate and fairly understandable, the site is perfect to learn the fundamentals of keyboard synths. “It comes with 30 presets and you can save and load your own. Common waveforms can be assigned to the 3 oscillators and shaped with an LFO and envelopes. The onboard compressor, delay and reverb units thicken up the sound,” says Cornell. [MORE HERE]
“Another 3-oscillator synth but with a completely different look to most. Programmed by Mitch Wells, the main features of this instrument are the envelope shaping and the 136 presets, most of which sound pretty impressive,” says Cornell about WebSynths. The website allows users to transform their music into something completely new though distortion, compression and other post-processing aspects. [MORE HERE]
A site for those more advanced in music production, Patchwork offers all of the instrumental amenities anyone could ever need. “Unless you’re familiar with analogue synth architecture you might initially struggle with the steep learning curve, but perseverance will pay off. If nothing else, this site is a fantastic emulation of an old-school patchbay and demonstrates what previous generations of synth engineers had to contend with just to create a simple sound,” says Cornell. [MORE HERE]
Cornell’s findings are useful for anyone. Novices and experts alike will benefit from these sites in different ways, allowing them to create insanely good music.