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Initial post: May 11, 2012 3:10:16 PM PDT
Crab McNasty says:
I recently downloaded the Music Maker program (made by "Magix) and I've been having tons of fun with it! The problem is I don't know much about the technical aspects of sound. Most of the books related to the subject seem to focus on hooking instruments up to the PC for recording or becoming a professional audio engineer. But I'm just a guy trying to have fun using only the mouse and keyboard. Can anyone recommend a book that helps someone learn the basics of fooling around with a program like Music Maker without getting bogged down in details of the recording industry or using musical instruments?
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Posted on May 11, 2012 6:30:07 PM PDT
Susi says:
You want to make music without instruments? What do you mean by that? Like electronic music?

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 9:55:40 PM PDT
Crab McNasty says:
Yes! I wanna do it all on the PC.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 4:39:26 PM PDT
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Susi says:
You'll need a MIDI Keyboard, which sends digital information to your computer. The keyboard will play software instruments (softsynths) inside of Magix Music Maker. A nice softsynth is Orca, which is free. The MIDI keyboard will cost from 50 to 100 dollars. Look at the Alesis Q49, it is about 75 (maybe a little higher). Magix Music Maker might have a musical typing feature, which would allow you to play a softsynth with the keyboard. I don't know though. Orca can be found at, but make sure to download the vst version. Get back to me if you need any more help!

Posted on May 13, 2012 5:10:29 PM PDT
Crab McNasty says:
Music Maker has a virtual keyboard and I find it's pretty easy to program melodies into it. Someday I might get a keyboard but for right now I'm more concerned about learning the nitty gritty mechanics of sound. I want to understand how to manipulate the details. Things like frequencies, quantizing (huh?), levels, flange, phase... Basically the things no one understands about sound until they make an effort to learn about them. There must be a book out there that's perfect for people like me! I've been reading "Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production" by Tim Dittmar and I'm diggin it, but it's not the book I'm looking for because it's written for people who want to make a living recording bands in studios using expensive equipment. Is there a book out there for people who are just starting out with goofing around with sound on a PC??

Posted on May 13, 2012 7:21:51 PM PDT
Susi says:
I really don't know sorry. You could use an equalizer to mess with frequencies, the MIDI editor in Magix Music Maker should be able to quantize stuff. I don't know about the other stuff. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:14:44 PM PDT
there are books
you will have some stuff you dont want
but they will tell you what you do need

look under audio and acoustics for reviews
then look at the other related books amazon suggests for more possibilities
it may also be in music books (or some of them)

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 8:45:17 AM PDT
M.C. O'Neill says:
Quantitizing is basically having what you have written musically to match the beat of the current arrangement. So, if you are off beat with a bassline, you can quantitize it to match the beat of, say, the drum loops you have laid down. You can also quantitize those loops to 1/16th, 1/24th and so on, so that will be your "master" tempo. Be sure to check what type of sound you are using too. The "Soundpools" in MMM are all audio recordings that you can affect with various temperments supplied by MMM. The Synthezizers are played by you in real time. Now, those are MIDI info, so they are only digital interperetations of what you input via your keyboard, mouse, or piano-controller. Your ability to affect MIDI data is more limited than audio files from the soundpools.

Posted on May 29, 2012 8:45:43 AM PDT
Music Theory for Computer Musicians Bk/Cd

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 10:56:12 AM PDT
AZ.Joel says:
Try this Book as a Hardcopy (from or Download (link below):
"Composing Digital Music For Dummies". I think it would be quite helpful for beginners.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 11:00:39 AM PDT
AZ.Joel says:
OK, link did not take but Book Title can be searched online.
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