Sonic Producer Review
Review by Jimmy Salvato
Official Site: Sonic Producer
In the world of beat making and music sequencing software, a new form has emerged: online software. Unlike the common, traditional console software, which must be installed on your computer, online beat making software is available on the internet and accessed through your web browser. The advantages and disadvantages of online software vary dramatically, depending on the website, which make generalizations about online beat making software difficult.
A relatively new, popular, and promising competitor in the online beat making market, however, is Sonic Producer. This article will give you a Sonic Producer review to decide for yourself if Sonic Producer is worth your time and money.
Sonic Producer Review: Software
For the most part, Sonic Producer's online software rivals most console software in functionality. It consists of a sixteen track music sequencer, with volume sliders for each track. You mark out your beats out on a standard 4/4 tempo timeline for any given track, then select the sound you want to have inserted into the beat position on that track. Finally, when you are done composing your beat track, you can download it to your computer in the MP3 music format.
Sonic Producer has an impressive catalogue of thousands of sounds-drum beats, vocals, and almost any instrument you can imagine. Unlike other online and console beat making software, many of which use the same common, done-to-death open-source sound catalogues, Sonic Producer's sound catalogue all consists of original, high-quality, and versatile sounds. Perhaps best of all, they come with an unrestricted license. In other words, if you use beats you made in Sonic Producer in an original album to sell commercially, you don't have to pay Sonic Producer a licensing fee for the use of their sounds.
The only possible negative with Sonic Producer's online software is that it is not really equipped with all the features and options to produce an entire radio-length song. You'll need other software for that. On the other hand, Sonic Producer does not claim to be online music production software-just beat making software. Sonic Producer does just the one thing, but it does it extremely well.
Sonic Producer Review: Compatibility
Compatibility is online software's greatest strength. Since online software resides on the company's servers and is merely accessed by customers through their web browser, the beat making software is not platform-specific. In other words, you can use Sonic Producer on any computer running any operating system (Windows, MacOS, Linux, etc,) anywhere in the world. The completed tracks you download are in the open-source MP3 format, which is compatible with just about any audio software.
The only drawback to online software is that if your internet access goes out, or Sonic Producer's servers go down, you can't access their online software or work on your saved music projects
Sonic Producer Review: Ease of Use
Sonic Producer is incredibly user-friendly and easy to use. Apparently, their software was designed to be accessible even to complete amateurs.
Sonic Producer's website also has several video tutorials. These teach you how to use their online software, give you lessons in music production, and even tutorials on how to play the piano and other instruments. Although the tutorial videos are somewhat brief and amateurish, they are effective.
Sonic Producer Review: Support
Sonic Producer offers their customer 24/7/365 support, and promises a 24-hour turnaround time on any support requests. That being said, however, the only way to contact the Sonic Producer support team is through email, which some people find frustrating when they have a technical emergency.
Sonic Producer Review: Price
This is where Sonic Producer really shines. Some online beat making services charge their users by the hour. As any experienced DJ knows, it can take hours upon hours to get a track just right, and in the meantime the price tag is quickly skyrocketing. Other online software websites charge a more reasonable monthly or yearly subscription fee for unlimited online access.
The are only charging a one-time, set price of $29.99 for unlimited access forever. A deal like this, especially for a quality site, is unheard of and simply unbeatable. This is an introductory offer; however, as the relatively young Sonic Producer website tries to quickly establish a customer base. If you want to use Sonic Producer's online software, do so now, before the price rises or monthly subscription fees take effect.