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OSX music software

Anything out there?  I'm looking for some super simple ways to make noise with my Mac. I know about Garageband. Also, I have downloaded demos of Reason and Ableton Live. These all seem too much. I just want make some bleeps, blips, and bangs (and maybe the occasional middle C)

Something simple would be great. Open source would be a big plus.

Must be OSX. No XP, No Mac Classic.
Permalink FaLing@Orbiz.ch 
August 9th, 2005
What is wrong with GarageBand and Reason again?
Permalink Mac head 
August 9th, 2005
How about Renoise? It's an updated version of old-skool trackers like ProTracker and FastTracker. I've not used the OS X version, but the XP version seems pretty cool although if you're not familiar with the whole "tracker" thing you may find it somewhat unintuitive... YMMV.

http://www.renoise.com/
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 9th, 2005
I don't think you can do much better than Reason. It's actually pretty simple if you don't want to do too much with it. Just hook up a Subtractor and a Redrum and have at it. Read a couple of the supplied manual things. I found them to be very helpful.
Permalink John V. 
August 9th, 2005
reason and live are the best (and easiest, if you compare to logic, protools, DP, etc). if they are too hard you want garage band.
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August 9th, 2005
Mac head -- useless post. you're a fucking jerk.
Permalink FaLing@Orbiz.ch 
August 9th, 2005
Wow, OK. You didn't explain exactly what it was about them you didn't like or what you were looking for. I am a music producer and have extensive experience with almost all Mac music software, so I *would* have been able to suggest something that certainly would have met your needs since there is far more music software available on the Mac and of a higher quality. But it's OK. I will make a point to never answer any of your inquiries again.
Permalink Mac head 
August 9th, 2005
Sure you are man.  Take your toys and go away. You're not a music producer, I doubt you're even out of high school.
Permalink FaLing@Orbiz.ch 
August 10th, 2005
Take a look at all the other replies, which contained useful information, reread your sarky reply, and think about why you don't have any friends music-producer-man.
Permalink FaLing@Orbiz.ch 
August 10th, 2005
You may believe as you wish.
Permalink Mac head 
August 10th, 2005
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Permalink FaLing@Orbiz.ch 
August 10th, 2005
I tihnk asking what it was about the ones you didn't like was probably a sensible and genuine enquiry. By knowing that information it makes it easier to suggest apps that avoid whatever it is you don't like, otherwise we're all just shooting in the dark.

The moron to non-moron ratio in this place seems to have now reached or exceeded 1:1...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 10th, 2005
> useless post. you're a fucking jerk.

And I quote:

  What you have to do, if you get caught in this gumption trap of value rigidity, is slow down...you're going to have to slow down anyway whether you want to or not...but slow down deliberately and go over ground that you've been over before to see if the things you thought were important were really important and to -- well -- just stare at the machine. There's nothing wrong with that. Just live with it for a while. Watch it the way you watch a line when fishing and before long, as sure as you live, you'll get a little nibble, a little fact asking in a timid, humble way if you're interested in it. That's the way the world keeps on happening. Be interested in it.

  At first try to understand this new fact not so much in terms of your big problem as for its own sake. That problem may not be as big as you think it is. And that fact may not be as small as you think it is. It may not be the fact you want but at least you should be very sure of that before you send the fact away. Often before you send it away you will discover it has friends who are right next to it and are watching to see what your response is. Among the friends may be the exact fact you are looking for.

  After a while you may find that the nibbles you get are more interesting than your original purpose of fixing the machine. When that happens you've reached a kind of point of arrival. Then you're no longer strictly a motorcycle mechanic, you're also a motorcycle scientist, and you've completely conquered the gumption trap of value rigidity.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
August 10th, 2005
Thanks Chris. I was being a jerk and I don't even know why. I'm sorry.
Permalink FaLing@Orbiz.ch 
August 10th, 2005
Yeah, so -- what's wrong with GarageBand and Reason again? You say that Reason is "too much," but I suspect that something like ReBirth (fun as it is) is probably too little. More information is needed to process your request.
Permalink Snark 
August 10th, 2005

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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