Kids Summer Learning Center
Somerset Berkley Regional High School
Day 3 Projects - SONG MAKING WITH BEATS & LOOPS
- Students created their own original piece of music using pre-made loops using the program SOUNDATION & SOUNDTRAP
The goal for today is to create a piece of music using pre-made loops (drum beats, bass lines, horns, synthesizer sounds, etc.....)
SOUNDTRAP is a slick, easy to use, and a powerful DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that works in your browser. You’ll need to create an account to start using the browser-app, which will also give you a trial of their premium features. Once the trial expires, you’ll be downgraded to a free account that has certain limitations.
There are plenty of instruments and loops that you can experiment with and create music. You can also connect a MIDI-compatible instrument and record music in the app. Soundtrap also has sharing and collaboration features, using which you can share your musical projects with your friends, and they’ll be able to listen and even edit your music
SOUNDATION is another easy-to-use website where you can create digital music. Similar to other websites, Soundation gives you access to a full-fledged Digital Audio Workstation right in your browser. The layout is a simple multi-track interface that is easy to use and not intimidating—even if you’re making music for the first time. A helpful guided tour explains the basics and gets you up to speed quickly.
A free account comes bundled with over 700 loops and samples. While those might be enough for some people, there is an option to purchase additional sound packs from their store.
BANDLAB is another website where you can create digital music. It strikes a great balance between making the experience fun while also allowing great control over the music creation process. After you create an account, you’re taken to the DAW where you can create music by adding tracks to the multi-track editor. You can then add loops to each of the tracks to create music. Once you’ve created a track, you can save it and even make it public. You can also allow “forks” of your song, which lets other users build upon what you’ve created.