Magazine article Guitar Player

Software: Steal This Digital Workstation!

Magazine article Guitar Player

Software: Steal This Digital Workstation!

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One of the home-studio threads in the Guitar Player Editors' Office forum (guitarplayer.com) asserted that anyone with a decent computer and an audio interface could assemble a pretty marvelous digital-recording workstation--loaded with editing power and signal-processing plug-ins--for free. Well, we checked it out, and it's true! There is a vast variety of terrific, free recording software available on the Web that can be yours for a download. In fact, there's so much good stuff out there that we couldn't possibly list all the options in one article. So here is just a peek at some choice places to score some bountiful recording tools for zero outlay. Happy Hunting!

A Pro Tools system for free? Believe it. Digidesign Pro Tools Free 5.01 (digidesign.com/ptfree) offers eight tracks of audio and up to 48 MIDI tracks, but it's for older systems. The Windows version is for Windows 98/ME users, and the Mac version works in systems as late as Mac OS 9. Free even lets you use some RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins for added signal processing and effects, and the download includes a dynamics processor, a delay, and EQ.

Although it falls more closely into the category of audio editor, Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net) lets you record and overdub tracks--up to 16 at once if your hardware can support it--and the software comes in Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux-based varieties. It also imports and exports a hefty variety of file formats, including WAV, AWE and mp3. …

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