I don't know if this place is active or not, but I'll give it a try.
Hello Monty! You may know me from AoMH or Vandhaal's forums. So recently I tried to compose something myself using the Finale 2009 software. So far this is the result:
So, since you have a lot of experience with composing, I wanted to ask you a few questions. What do you think is the best (publicly available) composing software? Is there any need for those sound editing softwares such as Sony's Sound Forge? And how the hell do you get drums to work :-P?
Post by M0nTy_PyTh0n on Nov 2, 2008 14:47:34 GMT -5
Hello Darkdude! Yes, this forum is active - and I am glad that only ppl with specific questions post here - like you! Surely, I know you ! You music in the YT video above sounds nice, and I can hear your potentials.
About your first question: What is the best composing software? : Well, first read THIS thread if you havn't already. A great composing software - MIDI based - is Cubase (from Steinberg/Pinnacle). Even older versions or newer XS versions are great for creating well-made compositions. A few years ago some retail versions of a PC soundcard had the light version of it in its bundle - like Creative Soundblaster cards.
Second question: Is there any need for those sound editing softwares such as Sony's Sound Forge? NO! Cubase can manage all you need.
Third question: And how the hell do you get drums to work? Drums should have the MIDI channel 10! This is the regular MIDI channel for drum sets. I do not know which software you use, but, for the drums MIDI channel just use channel 10 or select something in your program which is called 'drum map' or similar. This way the program can recognize if you use an open or closed HiHat cymbal, and it manages it properly, like correct stops of the same instrument.