Dear Amy: How do I make digital music on my computer? — Destiny, Montague, N.J.
Dear Destiny: You don't need to be a pro to make cool digital music. Computer programs such as GarageBand make it easy to mix different sound samples or record your own to use. Newer Macs come with a copy of GarageBand, but if you have an older Mac, you'll need to buy a copy. Windows users can try looking for mixing software at http://download.cnet.
com/windows/audio-production-and-recording-software. To narrow down the software list, use the menu to the left to look at software by specific operating system, or you can choose to only look at free software.
If you don't want to buy or download mixing software, you can also play with music mixers online. Try www.jamstudio.com, where you can mix different pre-made loop tracks for free. You'll need to register with an e-mail address and password, though. You can save the tracks you make and even share them with friends by e-mail. There isn't really any secret to making digital music. Just try using different sounds, chords and tempos. See which ones you like the best and put together a song. Have fun!
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