Top 5 Beat Making Software

Over the years, the art of MUSIC MAKING has evolved a great deal. With everything going digital these days, the music industry too is seeing a paradigm shift, with composers shifting from studios to the handy digital audio workstations on their laptops. From amongst the many worthy candidates in the market today, in the following Buzzle article, we select and list some of the best beat making software you can lay your hands on.
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Did you know?
The Digital Editing System developed by the company Soundstream, back in 1978, is considered to be the first beat making software. This software could make edits to the music recorded on a hard disk, and even provide effects such as crossfade.
Digital DJs are in the house, and the party is about to get wild. Come 2014, and we are witnessing the birth of Digital Disco. The bulky DJ stations of old are being replaced with the lightweight, yet equally powerful Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, running on laptops and tablets.

Over the years, the music scene has evolved a lot, as more and more big-time music composers and DJs have come to realize the musical potential of digital beat making software. The market too is now flooded with beat makers, ranging from the good, the bad, to the downright ugly! These days, it has become a colossal task to pick the right software for one’s unique style of music composition. To make it easier for you, we list 5 of the best beat making software in the market today. So, everybody, put your hands up in the air, because we are about to drop the bass with some of the best beat makers in the business.

DUBturbo

Are you an aspiring DJ? Do you want to give your music a ‘Turbo’ boost? Yes? Then you need to check out the DUB Turbo DAW. Engineered specially for the beginner or intermediate producers, this software suite is highly intuitive and easy to use.

Like a good teacher, DUBTurbo doesn’t bombard you with all the complexities of MUSIC MAKING all at once. Using a 16-track sound mixer, this software patiently teaches you the fine art of sound mixing. An automatic quantizer works in the background to maintain the tempo of your mixes.

You have access to a list of 2,000+ sounds and custom vocals, with the option of importing your own sounds to get your music just right. In addition to these, you have the facility of including other sounds, such as drums, guitars, keys, etc., into your mix. A 10-pad drum machine sequencer and a 4-octave keyboard gives the budding composer enough tools to master his craft.

DUBTurbo offers a lot for the very low price that it demands. Though it may not have enough customization capabilities for professional level music production, it certainly is a must-have for the newbie composer.

Sony ACID Music Studio 10

To say that the ACID is potent would perhaps be an understatement. Version 10 of this software comes loaded with features that are more than capable of dissolving the competition, especially in the video sound-editing department. However, there is plenty in store for the pure audiophile as well. The maximum sample rate has been jumped up to 192kHz, and the ACID also supports third-party VST instruments.

A new feature called event groups has been added, which allows grouping of audio and MIDI files across multiple tracks, so that they all move in sync with each other. Changes made to any one audio clip in the group―such as clipping or trimming―applies to the rest as well. The Beat-mapper tool automatically finds the tempo of an entire song, making it easy to remix. It also offers a good piano roll and grid time-line arrangement window for editing MIDI files.

However, Sony ACID Music Studio truly shows its mettle in the video sound-editing department. It allows you to add effects to individual audio events in the video, rather than to the channels alone. This is a very handy feature, which allows video makers to create their very own personalized soundtracks.

For audio creation, it presents you with more than 3,000 loops and 90 virtual instruments to customize your music, and is compatible with several plugins such as Dxi, VST, etc., giving it more digital versatility and virtual instrument support than many other competing software. Other useful features include audio processing tools such as Equalizer, reverb, delay, distortion echo, and other effects.

BTV Solo

When it comes to beat making software, BTV stands ‘Solo’. It is completely different to most popular software out there. For one thing, its GUI layout is unique. It is as simple in terms of design as they get, with all the controls fitting inside of just one window alone. But the most obvious difference you will notice is the absence of tracks and layers found in most mainstream beat makers. This can be a major hurdle for those migrating from other DAWs. However, once you get accustomed to its unique approach, you will find several appealing features within the software itself, making it quite desirable.

There are more than a hundred pre-made loops and over a thousand professionally created sounds at your disposal. The software uses automatic quantization to adjust the tempo of your mixes. There is even a section where you can edit WAV files, and add effects such as reverb, delay, etc. The Beats-Per-Minute (BPM) button allows you to obtain the time signature of a particular song, and then create your own song with the same signature.

Other useful features of this software include custom instrument creation, custom drum kit creation, on-board mixer and arranger, etc. Thus, using this software, you can arrange full songs using your keyboard alone. It allows you to sequence, customize and use sound banks, and mix and remix to create quality music for all the world to hear.

Dr. Drum

Sick of all the crappy music on the TV and the Internet these days? Feeling nauseous from the fact that you can make better? Well, then it’s about time you got a ‘Doctor’! Geared towards both beginners and advanced beat makers, Dr. Drum comes as one of the best software in this list. It offers a large number of options (much more than most other software on this list), and is designed particularly keeping in-experienced users in mind. But that is not to say that it is no good for the professionals. In fact, with its 44.1 Stereo 16 bit PCM and WAV format output, it is as professional as they get. Note that this is the same quality of audio that is used in radios, discos, clubs, etc.

To cure your musical sickness, Dr. Drum brings with it a completely loaded musical bag. It includes a 16-track sequencer, which allows you to change tracks with just a click or two from your mouse. There is also the option of adjusting the pitch and volume levels on each track. A 12-pad drum machine is available with a huge collection of high quality, exclusively mastered sounds to choose from. It even lets you add your own samples to the collection. Last but not the least, has a 4-octave keyboard which allows you to add pianos, synthesizers, guitars, FX, and many other sounds, completely eliminating the need for external MIDI files.

With so many options to choose from, Dr. Drum is a complete musical powerhouse. It has a neat intuitive user interface, and can export music in high quality WAV format, resulting in high fidelity and full sound. And to top it all, it is easy on the pocket, with the company claiming that it costs only as much as a dinner for two at any popular eating joint!

FL Studio 11

Descended from a long line of Fruity Loops software, and with a rich heritage of more than 16 years, FL Studio 11 is one of the best fruits, oh, I mean beat making software of our times!

It has come a long way since its inception back in 1997, and though its sound quality and quality of the software, as a whole, has evolved, the developers at Image-Line have made certain that even users from old times, those who were lost in the dense software jungle of beat making software, feel completely at home when they come back home to Fruity Loops.

It’s truly amazing how, even after so many years, the user interface on the FL Studio 11 still feels as familiar as it did back in the ’90s. It is still as easy and user-friendly as ever, and at the same time, it is quite capable of achieving professional level complexity, if one should desire so.

FL studio 11 comes loaded to the hilt, making it impossible to discuss all of its amazing features here. However, the following are some of the more notable ones.
Multi-touch Support: Going with the times, FL Studio has provided the facility of multi-touch recognition, to make it compatible with modern-day touchscreens.
Performance Mode: It can be used to trigger play-list clips during live performance, using a mouse, keyboard, MIDI-controller, and even touchscreens.
BassDrum: A new BassDrum Plugin gives you a huge set of drum creation options, even allowing you to build over your favorite sample. It also sounds deep and warm.
Effector: It provides 12 live performance-oriented effects, including delay, flanging, distortion etc., which can be controlled easily in the performance mode.
Playlist: Support for 199 playlist tracks.
Plugin Updates: The plugin picker allows you to choose from a list of updated plugins.
Lifetime Updates: A one-time purchase of FL Studio License entitles you to a lifetime of updates.
FL Studio 11 is truly the most evolved beat making software in the list. Its variety of features, ease of use, professional levels of audio output, and last but not the least, a lifetime of free updates, make it the best DAW software of our times.

So, there you have it! 5 of the best beat makers out there. No longer is MUSIC MAKING the property of the big-guns alone. All the amazing features now available in modern-day beat making software has ensured that quality music can be made anytime, anywhere, and by anyone. With a PC or a laptop in the bedroom, a little cash in the pocket, the right musical talent at heart, and a glittering dream in the eyes, anyone can attain musical stardom.

Tips Open a File with PRN Extension

PRN is a type of file that is created on the onset of printing. This article tells you how to open a file with a PRN extension.
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PRN can be used as a filename regardless of the extension.
The desktop publishing industry has undergone many changes. Before the printer could print out color or B/W, everything had to be done through code. Then came the PRN format, wherein the file contains the text to be printed and the instructions for a printer.

The earlier devices could print out ASCII characters and text. The next step in the evolution was the dot matrix printer, capable of printing grayscale graphics. Then came plotting, which used to cut vector shapes with the help of a stylus blade. However, there was no one device that could do both. But then came the Xerox machine, which could develop copies of a particular file. In the late sixties, the laser printer was invented. It could print graphics pretty easily.

With a PRN file, printing was all the more easy, as this file could translate the directions of the user and transfer them to the printer. You must have seen or heard about this file extension. But do you know how to use it? This Buzzle article will help you know what a PRN file is and how to open it.

What is a PRN File?

A PRN file gets created whenever you print a document. It contains instructions to print the file, the number of pages to be printed, which printer tray to use, as well as the content to be printed, similar to a PostScript file(.ps). PRN files are automatically created by the printer driver. These files contain a preview of the page you are about to print. This serves as a primary purpose to translate the input in the PRN file to the output. PRN files are Page Layout files.

PRN files are normally associated with Calcomp Raster Bitmap, PostScript File, HP Printer Control Language, Printer Text File, Signature Printer Driver, XYWrite Printer Driver, and FileViewPro. If you try to open it with a Notepad or Wordpad, it contains illegible text or garbage values.

How to Open a PRN File

Convert it to PDF

► Print the file and a default file with PRN extension can be seen accompanying the actual file.

► Navigate to the location of your file and rename it with .ps extension. Click outside the file to finish renaming the file.

► Go to Adobe Acrobat and select “Create PDF” to change your file format.

► If you have the older version of Adobe Distiller, just click File and then Open, find a name for it and save it in PDF format.

Microsoft Excel
If the PRN file is displayed with delimited columns, i.e., separated by a comma, we use Excel sheets for its compatibility with any database program. Most programs export data in the Comma Separated Value (CSV) format.

► Create a PRN file with no header, footer, or comments. The PRN file should contain a single row of field names and columns containing the data.

► Import the PRN file in Excel, click on the Data tab on the Ribbon, and choose “From Text”.

► It will prompt you with a data source. Select the directory containing the file and select the file.

► In the Text Import Wizard, select Fixed Width, since your data is aligned in fixed-width columns.

► If your file contains information about the file like the size and resolution in the header, then tell Excel to start importing data from the first row of field names or data.

► Excel will guess how to separate lines and insert columns accordingly. If you wish to format it differently, add, move, or remove lines.

OpenOffice

► Rename your ASCII file with the .txt extension.

► Select File and click on Open.

► Select File Type: Text CSV (.csv; .txt)

► Click Open after selecting the file. In the next dialog box that appears, select Separator Options. It displays different methods with which you can separate the data, for example, commas, tab, semicolon, etc. You can also preview your choices.

► The goal is to line up the data in visible cells. When the data lines up, click OK.

Command Prompt

► You can run PRN files via Command Prompt using some DOS commands.

► To do this, select “Run” from the Start menu and type cmd to open the Command Prompt.

► If your printer is connected via USB, type “COPY /B [filename.prn] \\[Computer Name]\[Shared Printer Name]”.

► If your printer is connected via an older port connection, type “COPY /B [filename.prn] LPT1:”.

(Just a side-note; don’t put any box brackets while typing the names.)

On MAC
Just drag and drop it on the printer icon to view the PRN file.

These were some of the methods through which you can open and view a PRN file. The misconception that people have is that you need the same type of printer to print PRN files. But the only thing required is the same printer driver installed on the computer.

Facility Maintenance Software

Facility Maintenance Software is an essential tool used for maintaining a control on the facilities offered in an organization. The software, with its powerful tools and features, completely automates equipment management by reducing the operator input during the initial stage and normal operations. By using the right facility maintenance software, an organized maintenance can be achieved in an easier manner. Various studies have revealed that the facility maintenance software helps the organizations to save about 15 percent of their maintenance budgets.

All companies, whether small or big, try to improve their facility management by reducing the maintenance cost as well as sharing the resource. Most of the major corporations use the facility management software packages for their easiness in scheduling and management of rooms, equipment, and other shared resource.

The features of the facility maintenance software include the creation and the scheduling of all types of the maintenance jobs using the same simple interface. The regular maintenance on equipment and facilities can be planned according to specific time period, say every three months or so. It also helps in performing the maintenance jobs correctly by balancing the workloads. The facility maintenance software also tracks the maintenance costs of the different equipments automatically.

Some of the facility maintenance software packages include the financial and accounting software. These help in decreasing the lost opportunity costs and inflated expenses, and providing the relevant, accurate and timely job cost accounting information. Several other software packages offer features such as labor, and material issues tracking. Calendar based automatic preventive maintenance scheduling, employee information modules and work order management facilities are provided by a few other facility maintenance software packages.

One can choose facility maintenance software packages, which is easy to use and set up, from the Internet. There are many service providers offering even free trial versions of this software. Most of them are compatible with almost all the platforms and are widely used by a variety of organizations, both big and small for their maintenance programs. Extreme care should be taken while choosing an appropriate software package.

 

Software For Your Hard-Drive

All your software is stored on a hard-drive. But how about software FOR your hard-drive – private disks, partition managers, disk defragmenters? Here is the scoop on the latest tools.

Paragon Partition Manager

The program is suitable for both professionals and home users. Basic partitioning operations are: resize, convert, move, split, copy, and mount partitions. You can restore accidentally deleted partitions. It also offers free space redistribution and hard drive defragmenter. It lets you install several separate operating systems on one hard drive. The Paragon Boot Manager is included into the package. Smart Partition technology that performs all operations without losing a single byte of data. Supported file systems are FAT 16/32, NTFS, Ext2/3FS, and ReiserFS.

 

Dekart Private Disk creates one or more virtual disks on your hard drive and/or other external storage devices. Once a user creates a virtual encrypted disk, that disk is assigned a new drive letter and appears to the user like any other system drive (like the A: or C: drive). When the disk is mounted, the data is automatically encrypted and decrypted when the user writes or reads this data respectively. Dekart Private Disk encrypts and decrypts all data stored on the encrypted disk with virtually no performance penalty. When the disk is unmounted, either manually or by logging out of Windows, the secure data it contains becomes completely unreadable and undetectable by the operating system.
Dekart Private Disk allows you to store your information on a host of media such HDD, FDD, CD, CD/R, CD/RW, MO, MD, ZIP-disks, flash drives, all types of flash memory cards, PDAs, and even digital cameras. You have the flexibility to allow multiple users to share a single PC.

HDD Regeneration

If your hard drive is damaged by bad sectors, it is not only becomes unfit for use, but also you risk losing information stored on it. If you suspect that your hard disk drive is damaged and contains bad sectors, you have difficulties to copy data from your disk, your operating system is unstable or you unable to boot to Windows altogether – don’t rush to throw out your disk and don’t think that your important information is irretrievably lost. HDD Regenerator will regenerate your hard drive by magnetic reversal. As a result, not readable damaged information will be restored. With all this going on, the existing information will not be lost! HDD Regenerator regenerates hard disk drives exclusively at physical level. It ignores file system and can be used with FAT, NTFS or any other file system, and also with unformatted or unpartitioned disks.