OV Recommends: Three best tools to make music in your browser

Orbit sampler

With the huge expansion of different ways to release music online, it’s only natural that there would be just as many new ways to make music online. Applications like GarageBand and Audacity have always been popular options for those who can’t afford to shell out on a full music creation program, but even those can be too complex for someone just wanting to make a quick beat or simply enjoy experimenting with music without the trouble of installing an application. Here are three of our favorite online music creation tools, available straight from your browser.

108

108 is equally as simple as it is satisfying. Locked at 108 beats per minute, it functions as a simple beat machine, using a revolving dot to place drum patterns at 16 different intervals on a circle. The result is beats that sound consistently good, albeit restricted. Only the bottom row of the keyboard is used on 108, so the selection of sounds is limited, but if you’re just looking to make a barebones beat that’s essentially impossible to mess up, it’ll do the trick.

Sampulator

Building on the accessibility of 108, Sampulator enlists the entire keyboard of your computer and fills it with percussion, keys, guitar, and vocal samples (including a simple-yet-effective “yeah” by Drake). It also allows users to adjust the BPM to their liking, change the time signature, and record beats in real time, as opposed to 108’s looped setting. The result is a significantly more open creative tool, granting anyone the ability to recreate any of DJ Mustard’s uncannily similar beats, or come up with something entirely new.

DreamPipe Orbit Sampler

Functioning as hybrid of Sampulator and 108, Orbit Sampler revolves around a circle, but it’s significantly more complex and takes a little more effort to learn than the other options. Orbit features a huge wheel full of blocks to toggle sounds on and off. The notes on each individual block can be changed to your liking, with a full range of octaves available to get exactly the sound you’re looking for, rather than being confined to a set of samples. The interface and the practically infinite number of possibilities can be daunting at first, but the reward of making something completely original makes it worth taking the time to learn your way around it.

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