In today’s society, computers are central to life, and one particularly popular use is music. The old type of bulky stereos with separate records, cassettes, and cd players are going the way of the old console television. Now people use their personal computers to store, listen to and create their own music. Below are some sites to help gain the most use from your computer for your own listening pleasure.
Glossary This is a helpful site for the beginner. It is a comprehensive list of all the terms encountered when making music on a computer.
Finale Music offers software to create print music, as well as other applications. This is serious software for the dedicated artist.
Mixcraft is an innovative program that offers sound effects. Animal, nature, and common sounds (such as boiling water) are available to enhance your recordings.
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Music-Converters offers software to convert WAV, MP3, and WMA files. They also offer converters for ringtones and DVD rippers.
WMA-MP3 This site has more than one converter for a variety of files. Many of their converters are for protected files.
Switch Audio Converter comes in different levels, one for the beginner, one for the professional, and one in between. They offer a free version for the beginner.
Spin It Again creates MP3s and WAV files from vinyl records and cassette tapes. It claims the new files are free of the ‘record noise.’
Multimedia Test This software checks that the speakers are working properly. There are several tests for different types of speakers.
Hear and Play offers a system to train a newbie to play by ear. It claims it can train someone to play by ear in just weeks.
Tune Smithy This software tests the sound card in your computer to get the best performance from it. This site offers a multitude of software for music lovers.
SigJenny You can create your own tone bursts and record them with this software. The creations can be saved as WAV files.