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!

I am on Twitter as seedoflife for a prompt response.


The midnight oil has been burned for the bulk of 2009 consistently and a new website entitled Social Media Farm was birthed today.

In most cases, baseball lovers will easily pick up on the analogy while it may take a while for others to get it.

The end result will help people make their dreams a reality versus introducing foreign territory to them. Our experiences with the web, telecommunications, and business development make the entire process fluid and straight forward for me.

I am right now caught between ecstatic and exhaustion for a multitude of reasons and I’m glad that venturing out is not within the immediate plans for the rest of the day. But I may squeeze in a nap at some point before it is too late.

Check out the site and let me know what you think! Getting to first base is cool, but making it to home base is the real objective. In the mean time, we will simply enjoy the ride and journey.


Wow!  Who knew that the Blackbird browser would bring the true feelings from the grimy, digital underground!

The comment that was just received about the racial ramifications of the browser will not be approved by myself, but the lack of diversity by the various technology groups previously mentioned does seem to encourage the lower level racist scum to pile on the bandwagon with cheap accusations and illogical diatribes as quickly as possible if their more supposedly intelligent brethren allows it.

But as always, low level racists are discriminated against by more intelligent racists or people who simply claim not to have a clue through the lower level’s lack of socioeconomic and educational achievements:)  Therefore the vicious cycle is perpetuated internally and across cultures.

Without any achievements of their own, those who are the most verbal racists typically point their dirty fingers at overachieving minorities (who had to overachieve simply to gain forced entry to be onboard or considered if at all) as somehow robbing them of opportunities which their delusional, mental states somehow justifies.

The upper echelon of all cultures and races have to build bridges since the daily battle for survival at all other levels is too distractive.

So I am calling out Digg, Revision3, TechCrunch, Technorati, Twit, Tekzilla, and any other website, podcast, video blog, social networking aggregator, or entity purposely supporting the web2.0 world and lifestyle to add the missing voices to your regularly produced content.

Just because you currently do not have diverse voices on air and on staff or the daily relationships with people outside of your ethnicity and generational culture, do not say or believe that such talent is not within reach.  Do not simply ignore your own lack of diversity!

Those who claim to love science fiction with its fantasy worlds of multicultural and universal diversity recklessly seem to be unwilling to make small, incremental steps to fulfill their own wishes for the future.

I personally see that there are going to be some very difficult times for the dying racists worldwide through the year 2025 when the global and national demographics are permanently sealed against their current mindset.

Otherwise, my own time, energy, and effort is considered too valuable to give any remote attention to those who have nothing to offer our country and world with or without the presence of cultures and experiences considered unusual or foreign.