We don’t think that this should mean you should have to stop making music, but depending on the situation you may need to do so using some subtlety. As originally reported by Fact Magazine, here is a list of music making programs you can access from within your web browser, and behind the boss’ back.
Sampulator is a really fun and easy program that operates as an in-browser sample pad. It features a variety of pre-programmed sounds that you can trigger using your computer’s keyboard, allowing you to play them intuitively, rather than using a mouse.
Classic 808 kicks, clap snares, hi-hats and congas are in the library, as well as keyboards, guitars, and possibly less useful samples, such as DJ Khaled saying ‘another one’. The program allows you to easily set the amount of bars, tempo and time signature, which you can record with the tap of a space bar and build layer by layer.
Here’s an example of the kind of sounds you can come up with in Sampulator.
Check it out sampulator.com.
From there you can play with several preset patterns, which you can then adjust the parameters for to your hearts desire.
Check it out at patternsketch.com.
Speaking of the Novation Launchpad, there is a browser version of the popular MIDI controller on their website. It’s perhaps not the most useful tool as it is limited to one set of samples, but it is nevertheless fun and good for whiling away the hours while you pretend to work on that important report. Or, more likely, good for getting used to the layout for free, before committing to one of Novation’s Launchpad line to get beatmaking in a more in depth manner.
Check it out at novationmusic.com.