Groovemaker Is A Keeper!

October 7, 2009

I just consolidated the various versions of IK Multimedia’s Groovemaker among the various desktop app generations and I am quite proud of it at the present time.

Like most iPhone and iPod Touch owners, I first discovered Groovemaker (GM) as an app for the device and never heard of it to my knowledge in its original creation as an application for the PC. Groovemaker 1.1 was released by Cakewalk and the software probably was lost in the shuffle and not taken seriously among the other music creation programs offered. But using the app version of the software will make it click for anyone with an open mind:)

To date, I have bought 3 app versions (Hip-Hop, House, and Club) after downloading the free version and conducted a frantic search online to secure the desktop versions 1.1 and 2.5 as well. My purchase of the 1.1 version was a surprise since the version number was not indicated throughout the buying process and even though I later bought the 2.5 version, there are songs not duplicated within each version.

One of the coolest things about Groovemaker is that the various stems created can be exported to a PC or Mac and used within your favorite digital audio workstation at will as wav files. Just note the bpm and you will be off to the races!

Today I was inspired to get both desktop versions on my PC at the same time. Upon installing GM 2.5, you will not see GM 1.1’s icons available any longer.

I tried copying the excluded songs and files from the CD to the program files folders but GM 2.5 kept crashing. After repeated attempts, I have found that one simply has to install both versions as separate programs.

Although I was somewhat surprised earlier today to see the song listings for the latest GM apps in the pipeline for the versions that I do not yet own (Techno and Trance), I wondered which songs were on GM 1.1 disks.

There were 2 sound library disks that were packaged in GM 1.1 and the songs included on disk 1 are Contamination, Nuclear Headed Missile, Space Refuge and on disk 2 are Isotope 01, Matter, Moonrise, and Space Trip. But on the installation disks for the program, you will find Cannibal Pic-nic, Cotton Highway, Familiar Jungle, Smoking Trail, Soundology, Fluid Entropy, Glam in San Francisco, and Chemical Infection.

I have not done a price comparison to see if and how much any savings would be to have bought the apps versus the desktop versions from the songs mentioned above, but I am thoroughly pleased in owning both versions of the desktop apps for Groovemaker.

The software itself is a cunning breakthrough in that one can quickly and randomly create a musical palette to be expanded in multiple ways all without the risk of the next person creating the same sound, style, and feel.

There are so many loops that can be mixed together randomly before exporting a loop or stem to another music program that the cliche of “mother’s baby, father’s maybe” clearly holds.

I just use the pieces and create so many changes on my own that I am still surprised to hear the program create other loops upon each use.

At this point, I am going to scan this post again and again before buying any of the upcoming app versions for Groovemaker to make sure that I am not reinventing the wheel:) I have also begun to look at several, different sample libraries that I never took seriously before after seeing how much time they can save me while being able to create my own unique sound and style.

Check the app out for yourself and feel comfortable in buying the desktop versions if you desire. The desktop versions work similar enough to the iPhone app version that you will probably not require any owner’s manual or documentation to use them. Anything that does seem out of place can be quickly overcome by simply clicking and remembering to save any newly created pieces before experimenting.

Let me know if anything I have written helps you out as well!

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