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Old 06-23-2003, 05:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need a bit of help

I have recently gotten into the mucis making scene, using eJay, but I want a bit more choice when it comes to making beats. The problem is, eJay doesnt allow you to COMPOSE your own jingles or tunes (to underpin a beat), it onl;y provides samples which you must use. So, I've decided to go for MIDI sequencing which would enable me to get the exact sound I want with the exact instruments I want. I coukld then render these into WAV format and finally inport them into my mixes.

So, onto my question: Does anyone know where I can download an effective, reliable, FREE MIDI sequencer? Any good names to look out for? I've searched under KLIte but for some reason everything except for media downloads as .dat files, which I have to 'open with' something, and as I assume MIDI sequencers are programs in themselves I didnt think you'd have to open with anything.

Any help woiuld be greatly appreciated. I've heard of ntrack, wavmaker III, MIDINight Express, but these are all restrictred Shareware which you have to register to (which I can't afford right now)

Sorry about the length, thanx in advance.

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Old 06-23-2003, 05:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You are somewhat limited in the Windows world, especially when compared to the rich content available on Linux. Take a look at http://freshmeat.net and search for MIDI. I would think that Audiality would work for you.
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well Ejay 7 lets you mak eyour own notes now, it is pretty freakigng cool. I love the drum machine it has
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm a huge fan of Fruity Loops for doing any kind of music production on Windows (and if Ryborg will get in here he can go into detail why he loves it so much, I'll PM him and let him know).
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I asked a good friend of mine, and he suggests Acid Music. I'm not sure how it works exactly, but his music turns out crisp and cool when using it. He plays guitar into the computer and sings into a little mic, but it sounds at least semi-pro
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you are looking for quality FREE music software you are going to be very, very disappointed in what you find. So here is what it boils down to:

If you to make quality music on your computer you are going to have to pay for quality software.

The problem with music software is it's really fricking complex. An open source junkie can't just sit down at his computer and BAM make a sophisticated music app. Remember that sounds are actually waves of particles slamming into each other. Your ears are capable of detecting those waves, which are interpreted as sound (if you take a physics course you'll realize what a pathetically simple explanation that is). To make those waves sound sophisticated, the software requires a great deal complexity, which is why music software is generally so expensive. That and it is a small market.

So, what software would I suggest? I compose Hard Trance and Trance on my computer using FL Studio 5. Some of you may know it as Fruity Loops, but FL Studio makes it sound cooler. I strongly suggest starting out with FL Studio, because it is affordable at around $200.00, and it comes well equipped out of the box. Additionally, if you purchase it over the internet you get all the future versions free for life, which is a major plus in my book. FL Studio has everything you will need to start making real music. EJay is essentially worthless if you are interesting in truely composing your own music. FL Studio will give you the true control you are looking for. And yes, you can hook a electornic piano keyboard up to it and all that stuff. Go MIDI go!

If you go take a look around on the internet for some reviews of FL Studio you may find a few angry internet nerds saying its a kiddy program and not for the real junkies. Unless you are a published music superstar with record deals left and right, FL Studio will be more than enough for you. People who say FL Studio is too limited in what it can do have not used it long enough, or they are industry super-professionals who can afford the state-of-the-art software/hardware. FL Studio can produce professional quality tracks, I've heard them and made them before. Don't let anyone tell you different. The more time you put into learning the subtle abilities of FL Studio, the greater it returns to you.

However, if you get FL Studio and realize you want more, here are my suggested plugins:

VST plugins by ReFx. A few of their instruments already come bundled with FL Studio, but the really cool ones are available for reasonable prices at their website. They are all generally below the $100.00 range.

VST plugins by Izotope. Izotope makes some advanced FX plugins for mastering and manipulating your instruments. I purchased every product Izotope makes, and I can attest to their high quality. You can expect Izotope products to range in the $200.00 area.

If you really want to graduate to the big toys visit Native Instruements. Native makes some of the most beautiful sounding instruments and FX available on the internet. However, their beauty comes at a price. Expect to pay $200.00 to $400.00 for anything you find at Native.

And that is the nasty truth of it. I suggest you go download the demo of FL Studio and see how you like it. If you find it enjoyable/easy to use (which is one of its main selling points) go ahead and save up some money and buy it. Remember, you get free updates for life, so it's not like you'll have to buy the whole thing over again when the next version comes out. Once you start feeling limited by FL Studio's initial pluginbase, graduate to some more expensive, high quality plugins. The unfortunate truth with computer music is you get what you pay for. The more money you invest into your software, the better your sound is going to be. It is just a fact of life; however, my experiences have been well worth the $1000.00 or so I have invested into my collection of software. Start with FL Studio, and grow from there.
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