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    Ejay

    We're currently still running a free version of Ejay SE that the last ICT Coordinator got off the front of a magazine in the nineties (seriously!). Whilst it coughs, splutters, hates networks, crashes, doesn't always save work etc. etc. it basically does what is needed: lets kids of all abilities arrange out of the box sound samples in tracks to make up their own mixes easily - simple drag and drop.

    AFAIK the company that wrote it went bust and the later versions (that would no-doubt run better) are, from the feedback on Amazon etc, pretty dire.

    Has anyone come across a similar product recently? or is there a version on sale somewhere out there that is comparable to the original one in its simplicity and efficacy?

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    audacity?

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    The thing with Ejay is it came loaded with a heap of ready-made samples from various genres - all the user has to do is lay them down - that's the hook, the instant success

    Audacity is a useful gadget for certain things, but it lacks the simplicity we're after in this case. Thanks anyway

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    I wouldn't believe all you read in the reviews. We have a version her - Dance Ejay and the music staff love it. They use it a lot in their area and the kids seem to enjoy it too.

    Ejay are very much alive and kicking though:

    Ejay

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    If you're planning on using it for coursework, check with the exam board first. I got a 'U' and accused of plagiarism for using Dance Ejay for my final composition in GCSE Music. I probably could have argued it, but I did knock it together in an hour the night before deadline so I wasn't as gutted about it as I might have been had I spent weeks making it

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    Good link, I'll have a play with that one later (sorry for hijacking the thread a little TonyRidal)

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    No worries, passing that to the music dept. as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcollings View Post
    I wouldn't believe all you read in the reviews. We have a version her - Dance Ejay and the music staff love it. They use it a lot in their area and the kids seem to enjoy it too.

    Ejay are very much alive and kicking though:

    Ejay
    We use Dance Ejay here too in ICT and Music. Works fine on CC4 and the kids can easily load it up and create sound files.

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    You can get a school version of ejay from here:

    Dance eJay for Schools : Music

    It installs much better on networked PCs - no need for CDs.

    Also available on site licences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    This is free....

    Magix Music Maker Basic Edition - V3.co.uk - formerly vnunet.com

    It comes with loads of loops, so pretty soon you'll be bangin' it some kikkin' choons.
    Use that one as well, (just as good as DanceEjay which another school has) found it had to be installed on each PC though, anyone else installed it in a network environment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    This is free....

    Magix Music Maker Basic Edition - V3.co.uk - formerly vnunet.com

    It comes with loads of loops, so pretty soon you'll be bangin' it some kikkin' choons.
    That's exactly what I wanted like old Ejay, free and it works!

    Just fiddled with it for 10 mins, and I made something that sounds like 90% of what's on Radio1 Unfortunately I'm a Radio2 listener, but the kids'll love it

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    Ejay is dead though [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ejay]eJay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    We just got Riff, another loop based thing, Riff (Music software) no idea if it's better/worse, it's Director based

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    You may want to have a look at www.aviary.com - an online suite of goodies that includes music composition. Haven't used it in anger, but looks interesting.

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