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Re: [school-discuss] On music making software: A voice of dissent or reason?


We'll look forward to what you discover. I think you and Mike are trail blazing.

Quoting "tompoe@renonevada.net" <tompoe@renonevada.net>:

> Hi:  Maybe there is no single solution that is best?
> Open Studios operates from the starting point, that each community will 
> decide what's best for the community.  We'll help them get there.
> We've recently put a computer on the table, and then set about to load 
> it with everything needed to create instrument sounds, record, edit, and 
> compete with the big guys.  Our experience leads us to think there's at 
> least a minimum starting point, which, combined with speakers, and mic, 
> an amplifier, and not much more equipment, a community can get started.
> Those recommendations should be available soon, both on the web site as 
> a list, as well as downloadable media, or CD's sent out to those who 
> prepare the hardware to receive it.  Beyond that, maybe we'll find 
> something like the ccrma site that works for most.
> Thanks,
> Tom Poe
> Open Studios
> Reno, NV
> David Bucknell wrote:
> > Quote and unquote from a friend: Please comment if you know of alternatives
> and
> > use them:
> > "Since Windows PC's have the wide user base it's natural the free music
> > programs abound there. The hard choice for newbies is knowing what works
> > best. The safest operating system for Midi is Win98 since W2K and XP may
> > need some fairly intricate compatibility mode settings. And Macs running
> > Windows emulation modes are non-starters for multimedia, I guess it's the
> > same story with Lindows etc. Since few people are going to learn to use
> more
> > than one application they often stick with the one that gets bundled with
> > the sound card. In the USA Cakewalk still has the widest market though
> it's
> > an ageing program (it certainly put white hairs on my head). Since I
> > discovered the free version of Logic Fun I've concentrated on making that
> > the school's 'official' sequencer, and Vanbasco the midi file player
> because
> > the latter has the better real-time control. Lots of kids now use the
> system
> > from home so I can post files on the web for them to access or download.
> > [URL deleted] is the nearly-ready songset for Vanbasco I'll be
> > using for the fourth grade musical - some of the ASCII characters need
> > find/replace in Karakan, an excellent application for making karaoke
> files.
> > But you'll get a good idea of what karaoke can do in school.
> > http://www.geocities.com/takawadanl/
> > For a preschool situation you can sequence songs like the Alphabet (tune
> of
> > Twinkle) or Bingo. One day I'll get around to putting them all together as
> a
> > karaoke songbook. ....[deleted section on where to find his personal music
> files]
> > 
> > That's why I have some personal resistance to an all-linux solution.
> > Likewise Mac is fine for industry standard work but just lacks the
> > soundblaster generation of kids who grew up writing stuff themselves (in
> > cleaner code than Microsoft I should add). I don't know of anything both
> > serious and free for Linux that does multi-media (though in March I'll be
> > listening out!).
> > 
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