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Free techno loops can also be made with free techno software

TS- 404 is a free software sample generator, that can produce some smart techno loops.

A 303 clone that is good. It is just like the Nordlead, but doesn't quite match the "ahh" factor of the 303. It is free however, which makes it a great little utility to make your techno music samples. It is all realtime, using the mouse to adjust the sliders, and it creates little loops for you. The author has made some great little routines if you load them up.

You can not save sequences to WAV, so it is best to save the output into a sampler, then record the routine (failing this record onto tape, then sample that). If you slow the routine right down (see tempo at the bottom of the picture), then you then get the individual sound output. You can download TS-404 free from here.

Below is a picture of TS-404:

Software sample generator

NB. If you have just jumped into this page, and haven't yet seen the first free techno loop page (with loads of free techno loops), then click to the first part of this guide with loads of free techno loops and samples

However there is a problem with free techno loops and that is 1. Everyone knows about them and they become common over time, leaving you with samey music that is not distinctive anymore. 2. What I found was the sample maker sites always had a great techno loop, whether it be a beat or sound that was always wrecked by some irritating sound that shouldn't be there. You know the type, the "why on earth did they do that" type of sample. 3. Also you have samples already made up to someone else's ear and spec. What you needed sometimes was the original source so you could edit, chop and mix it to how you wanted it. Sure these points may not happen to you now, but they will do...and when it does, it becomes frustrating.

So in light of this, I have made up a review list of the best techno loop, and sample makers that are available to date. Click here to see the best the techno industry has to offer.


Samplers.

Samplers have really revolutionised the music industry. Music started then to become more open, to incorporate "outside" sounds, or even "familiar" sounds. The KLF (who have killer techno loops), The Orb, most dance producers...Fat Boy Slim (who's music is mostly composed of put-together-old 40s-to-60s-records)...have all used samplers to enlarge their music. Sampling a favourite film, act, sound, music group, or even remixing, has all come down to...samplers.

Samplers have to be part of your armoury into making a techno track and creating those little techno loops, especially if you are like me and on a very tight budget.

All you really need a sampler for, at the time being, is to grab a sound (from tape, CD, TV, microphone), slightly edit it, add effects, then save it off as a 16bit sample. Most samplers accomplish this with ease, all you really need is a cable- with one end able to plug into the back of your computer, and the other to fit into a headphone socket (of a hi-fi or TV).

Cool Edit 96

The cool thing about this software is that it maybe old, but its features are tried and trusted. It is also helpful with the Hammerhead software. As Hammerhead users (remember the tutorial for how to make your own beat ) who want a quick way to convert all their samples to 44.1 kHz / 16 bit / mono / RAW files for use with the Userbank Creator.

The software can be used to record and play files in a wide variety of audio formats, edit files, mix them together and convert files from one format to another.

Below is a picture of Cool Edit 96:

CoolEdit 96


I loved it. The thing is, you just want to sample from CD, or mic and this is the best software to do that. It is easy to use and offers the basic effects. This is one that have I used all the time, there wasn't any need to buy big expensive Akai hardware because. 1. I haven't got the budget, and 2. I don't want to spend $2000 on expensive equipment, when something that is a free sampler will do exactly the same job.

You can create sounds from scratch with Generate Tones, Generate Noise, and Generate DTMF Signals. You can "touch up" your audio with features like FFT Filter, Quick Filter, Amplify, Compress, Envelope, Stretch, Channel Mixer and Noise Reduction. You can add effects to files like Reverb, Delay, Echo, 3D Echo Chamber, Flanging and Distortion. You can even adjust the pitch or tempo of your audio with the Stretch function. You can get Cool Edit 96 free from here.

Audacity

Audacity is a free audio editor. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, MP3 files, and more. You can use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Echo, Change Tempo, and Noise Removal, and it also supports VST and LADSPA plug-in effects.

It is free, looks complicated, but is very versatile. You can get Audacity free from here.


Once you have got your top techno song, how do you make your own MP3 from it? Click here to find out.

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