Musicians today are lucky to be able have a wide variety of tools and equipment on hand to create and play music. While earlier musicians just used traditional musical instruments, and perhaps an old fashion pen and paper, to play and compose music, today many musicians are using computer programs to compose and perform songs. One of the most popular tools when it comes to creating music is called music loops.
What is a music loop?
Music loops are a recording of a small portion of a song (usually only one bar long) or sound that repeats over and over on continuous loop, hence the name music loops.
Why do musicians use music loops?
A music loop means that a person can create music and sounds (for example, speeding up the sound on the loop or even playing a loop in reverse) that would not be possible by playing a traditional instrument. If a person sits down and plays a musical instrument, like a piano, they can do a lot of great things, but there are some limitations. A person’s hand might only be able to physically play notes so fast, and a person can make mistakes. Music loops repeat the same sound or bar without error, giving people creative freedom and flexibility within their music.
How are music loops played?
Traditionally, music loops were recorded and played on a tape machine; but now, most are recorded and stored on a computer or in a computer program. This makes using music loops for playing and composing any piece of music much easier—particularly when it comes to recording a song, since most recording studios (even home recording studios) record digitally on a computer or in computer program.
Do people need to be computer savvy to use music loops?
While the original computer programs that used music loops may have been confusing, today’s music loops programs are much simpler to understand. In fact, for most people living in our growing technological society, using music loops and other music programs is easy. Generally, the music loop software can be installed and used on a variety of computers and platforms that people are already familiar with.
What are some other benefits of using music loops software?
Music loops software programs have the capability to record and play hundreds, even thousands, of different music loops—much more than a traditional tape recorder would have been able to play. Additionally, music loops software often comes with prerecorded loops, known as sample libraries, that musicians and composers can use and play around with when creating and playing music.
While computers never used to be associated with playing or creating music, today it would be hard to find a musician who is not using a computer software program. Programs that use music loops offer professional and hobbyist musicians creative and intriguing ways to compose, record, and play a variety of songs.