Make Your Own Music

By FPL_Amy

When you think of a library, music is probably not the first thing to come to mind. But did you know that Frisco Public Library offers a variety of kits that you can check out and learn how to make music? From ukuleles to music synthesizers, these kits can get you started creating your own music in no time.

Check out a kit and get started making music today!

Ukulele Kit , opens a new window

Are you interested in learning to play the ukulele? The library has 20 ukuleles that are available for checkout! Once you’ve checked it out, visit our blog post Learning the Ukulele: Getting Started, opens a new window for helpful resources.

Music Synthesizer Maker Kits

These music synthesizer maker kits let you create electronic music with a push of a button and a turn of the knob. If you are interested in producing music or want to develop your DJ skills these kits can get you started.

Connect the device to your portable speaker or computer to create electronic music with buttons to control sounds, effects and sequence steps, and knobs to control parameters such as volume, sample length, mode selection and more. Each one can be used on their own or together to give you more sounds and effects to work with. These kits have everything you need for a fully realized song.

What you need: AAA batteries, 3.5mm audio input (speaker or other device).

Music Synthesizer, opens a new window

There are 16 sounds to choose from, including synthesized arcade-style sounds, a built-in drum machine, comprehensive chord mode with 128-chord chaining, 16 effects to choose from, record parameters within your pattern, arpeggiator to add texture and movement to your jams and 128 patterns with pattern chaining for fully realized song ideas.

Music Synthesizer–Factory, opens a new window 

There are many sounds to choose from including synthesized factory-themed sounds, comprehensive chord mode with 128-chord chaining, 16 effects to choose from, record parameters within your pattern.

Music Synthesizer–Office, opens a new window 

There are many sounds to choose from, including synthesized office-themed sounds, comprehensive chord mode with 128-chord chaining, 16 effects to choose from, record parameters within your pattern.

Music Synthesizer–KO, opens a new window 

This sequencer includes a microphone for sampling, 8 melodic sample slots, 8 drum slots, 40 seconds sample memory, and 16 effects.

Live Stream Studio Maker Kit, opens a new window 

While not strictly a music kit, the Live Stream Studio allows you to create professional looking live stream videos which may appeal to those who want to share their music. Not only can you live stream, but you can also use it to record videos to post later. A useful tool for those who want to share their music online.

Use this device with your smartphone to mix sound, display titles, play media, and trigger sound effects to enhance your webcasts. You can connect mics (including mics with an XLR connection), headphones, and other instruments/devices with a stereo line-in.

What you need: A smartphone (iOS 13 & later or Android 9 & later), internet connection, free Go:Livecast app.

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