I use lots of different music tools. Just as there are game companies that I tend to buy from en masse
, e.g., Popcap
, there are certain music software companies that just do most everything right -- solid products, solid support, excellent sound. Cockos
, PG Music
, Camel Audio
, XLN Audio
(the lameness of Addictive Keys notwithstanding).
And IK Multimedia
For reasons that escape me, IK has something of a bad rep. I have no idea why -- I've used SampleTank and Amplitube for years, and I've never had a problem with software nor web site. Their service has always been excellent, they've really streamlined their product registration, and -- by far the most important of all -- their products sound great. If there is a flaw with their products, it's that you have to buy them on sale, because they've been way overpriced for a long time now.
IK has just overhauled their price structure
. And come up with a couple of bundle deals that you simply cannot let pass.
Okay, actually, unless you fervently hate a stupid good deal on effects, you technically can let pass the really great
deal, and just get the Total Workstation XL
, which has some 43 GB of instruments for $299. Whoops, did I say $299? Until Oct. 31, that's $199.
But Total Studio 3
(normally $399 under new pricing) gives you all that plus
Amplitube 3 (with the Metal and Jimi Hendrix expansions), the T-RackS 3 Deluxe effects suite, and Classic Studio Reverb, all for $249 until Oct. 31 -- that is, an extra fifty bucks.
If you create music on a PC or Mac, you really should look at the Total Studio 3 deal. Fortunately, you have a month and a half to do so before the price goes up.
What computer noisemakers do you
like? I'll throw in a couple more, just for fun -- and best of all, they all are free or have free versions!
- the ambient music synths of H.G. Fortune
- TyrellN6 by u-he (definitely check out the rest of their stuff)
- Applied Acoustic Systems' Swatches (e-mail sign-up required). I love AAS's stuff, but you have to get it on sale.
- Variety of Sound (another great bunch of free effects)