easy to use software for music teaching puposes?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Editing' started by fergus, May 29, 2007.

  1. fergus

    fergus Guest

    hi all,
    i teach guitar part time and am looking a simple recording program for teaching puposes.
    i want to have a library of short musical phrases with guitar or keyboard (never both) and spoken word.
    i want to be able to quicky make tracks using various combinations of the clips.
    i will be using the line in on my budget soundcard.
    i want to play a few minutes of exercises then quickly cut them up and label them clearly put them in my library (same with spoken word) then make up tracks from the library then burn them to cd.
    latency, sound quality, timing, effects, plugins ect are irrelevant.
    easy, speedy and intuitive use is important.
    free or cheap would be good.

    any help is much appreciated

    thanks :D
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Audacity is free and will do all that except the CD burning. Your CD writer should have come with a program (e.g. Nero) for burning, or you can use MediaPlayer.

  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Have you thought about doing this with video instead of audio? We probably are not yet to the point where you can do this all with freeware on a less than stellar machine yet, but if you are looking to build up a big library, it is worth considering.
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    There's also Kristal Audio Engine for free. Supports realtime VST effects and ASIO. That in conjunction with asio4all should give you fairly low latency recording for a grand total of $0.00.
  5. fergus

    fergus Guest

    maybe i should define my aim a bit more,
    the main use will be standalone eartraining tracks that can be used anywhere anytime, ie plays a chord or interval, a moments silence (to write/think/say answer) then chord or interval type is spoken. just a single track in mono should do it.
    i want a library of clips of spoken words "diminished" "major" "suspended 2nd" "minor 3rd" "perfect 5th"
    "major 7th 2nd inversion" ect ect
    and a library of music clips of the chords and intervals in different keys and octaves. then from the libraries i can quickly piece together a string of exercises based on the students aims/abilitys.
    having played around with audacity it seems it wouldn't be as straightforward as i thought.
    maybe this would be easier?
    record a string of exercises, convert to mp3, use mp3 splitter to separate exercises, save to media player, name tracks, "add to play list" a string of exersises, burn to cd.
    this seems reasonably simple but the major problem is each 2-3 second clip would be a separate track, if i could "merge" 20-30 clips to make, for example a 10 exercise track of diatonic intervals it would be much easier on the students cd skip button.
    or is that totally crazy and theres a much easier way???
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    I would strongly recommend against editing at the MP3 level. Almost any sound editor will do what you want using .wav files, and Audacity is one of the easier ones to learn and it's free. I don't know how straightforward you thought it would be, but an hour's experimentation and reading of the documentation/help files should have it done. Also, it gets round the problem of generating unwanted separate tracks.

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