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arachnidoc17
post Aug 27 2005, 06:27 PM
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I've been looking for a virtual Synth program for a while now. I've seen one somewhere, and I think they're really nifty. Plus, I've got a knack for making music, I just can't play any instruments for beans.


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post Aug 27 2005, 09:27 PM
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Are you after just a program to arrange music for you so you don't have to play it and you can hear what your compositions sound like, or something complicated and technical? The former, I can help, the latter, I'll shut up tongue.gif

If the former is what you're looking for, we use a couple of good ones at school. If you're looking for a musicians' program, you could do worse than Sibelius. 'Tis rather expensive, but it's really easy to use, you just stick notes directly onto the score, and the sounds of the instruments are fantastic. It's pretty versatile too, you can turn it to most genres.

If you're more on the music tech "Uhhh, it sounds nice, but I couldn't read the score" persuasion, there's also a program called cubase which we use. It's more techy and stuff, but I don't really get on with it so I'm probably not the person to ask tongue.gif

Seriously though, there are hundreds and hundreds of arrangement programs out there, Just do a search or something smile.gif


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post Aug 27 2005, 09:42 PM
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Not sure if it's entirely what you're looking for, but if it's just any way of making music on a computer you're after, you could try something like the Modplug Tracker or similar. Pretty easy to use. Nothing incredibly fancy though. But fairly cheap (read: free).


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post Aug 27 2005, 10:34 PM
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I'm trying Modplug right now. If I get enough money I might get Sibelius, as it looked almost exactly like the program I used before.


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post Aug 29 2005, 12:00 PM
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Spend 300 on Propellorheads Reason if you want a nifty softsynth/virtual rack. It runs on Mac OS as well as Windows which is handy. It gives you a whole bunch of virtual synths, samplers, effects units, a drum machine and mixers which you can connect as you wish with rather nice CV/Gate inputs and outputs for a bit more flexibility.

Alternatively get a decent operating system (*cough*BSD*cough*orlinuxbutit'sforbitches*cough*) and install Spiral Synth Modular. It's nifty though on a much lower level than most softsynths (hence the 'Modular' in the name). That one's free but only really for those who want to play around with synth guts (seperate modules for everything that you plug together as you wish, great for flexible routing, awful if you don't know your LFO from your 12 db per octave VCF).

As for ModPlug, it's a tracker, not a softsynth, though it's still handy. I personally use MilkyTracker (Mac OS) or SoundTracker (BSD/Linux).


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post Aug 29 2005, 04:07 PM
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As moop mentioned while he was pimping alternative operating systems. Reason is a cracking piece of kit and is the weapon of choice for a fair few music producers, Sibelius too is one of the top of the line applications for what you want to do, if you're shopping around you might want to look at Cubase. But like I said, these are all professional level applications and it might be something of a waste in a bedroom studio, esspecially if it's just a hobby! There are lower level pieces of software out there, maybe some shareware or freeware, look around, try something by Sonic Foundry, or have a dabble with Fruity Loops. Basically, have a look around, if you want to or have the money to spend on something like Reason, then by all means, do, but if you want to play around, try something on a smaller scale first, it's cheaper or better still, free!!


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post Aug 29 2005, 04:37 PM
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Personally I use Fruity Loops to 'compose' and Cool Edit Pro to make the noises.

I put 'compose' in inverted commas because I'm a bit of a rubbish musician at the moment and wouldn't want to glorify my efforts!

Using Fruity Loops you can generally make something that sounds quite decent next to chart music in approximately thirty seconds.


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