Click to viewIt may come as a surprise, but none of us here at Giz moonlight as hip-hop producers. Thankfully Henny from thabizness.com does, and he put the iPhone sequencer and sampler app BeatMaker through its paces. You can load in your own samples, sequence them up with applied effects and EQ and then export the finished product as "new mobile joint 1.wav" as we see here. Really sweet stuff for $20. Hit his site for the track download, and our iPhone App Review Marathon for more apps. [Tha Bizness]
Dude, I never said that "all music made with computers sucks." Of course musically talented people with great software are going to make great music, but my point was that people with no understanding of music with great software can also make music. Of course it's not going to be as good, but like I said previously it makes for a lot of idiots sitting down in front of a computer (or in this case the iPhone) and making music, and subsequently ending up impressing some idiot at a record company who is more concerned with album sales than the integrity of their label. Think about it. It's not too hard to see how a talentless (yet physically attractive) individual could make a song, get signed by some huge record company, who in turn pays radio stations to play said shitty song, and millions of people with no taste in music are spoon fed this song, and go buy it on iTunes. (Think Britney Spears or Backstreet Boys).
That doesn't make them good or talented at what they do. Anyone can can pick a drum beat and overdub something else they didn't create, and then have some pretty girl sing some lyrics to it (which will be lip sung when performed live). The same thing applies to all genres. There is a lot of shit out there, but it is especially true with this genre. Not everyone can just pick up a guitar, learn a few chords in a minute and then sing over it. But, even the most musically challenged individual could sit down with this app and make "music." You only need to know the software you are using, rather than music itself. Those who have an understanding of both, are certainly going to be much better.
I think I've already used a couple analogies on here, but here's another. It is like graphic design in many ways. Someone who does not understand the elements of design (color balance, etc.) could easily learn a program like Photoshop or inDesign, but their layouts are not going to look as good as someone who has a complete understanding of both design and the software they are using.