At 7/5/12 01:41 AM, silverpot2000 wrote:
Hiya....first off...i wanna thank you for the outstanding resource youve provided for anyone willing to take advantage of it.
1 question...and its probably gunna sound retarded considering where im posting. Can you recommend a good program to use all of these with? Sorry im a complete noob when it comes to this but i would like to start making music sooner than later. (also i would rather get a free program than one i have to pay for)
The reason being, ive been learning programming (among other things) in the hopes of creating my own-fully independent MMORPG, and when i say fully independent....im being quite literal (meaning graphics, programming, music...the works all done by me and/or 1 other person). So needless to say....i want to start making some music =].
On a side note: I'm going to post all music done for the game on newgrounds so that anyone can use it. Also, when i get everything ready, i plan to let everyone on newgrounds know FIRST!!!. Been browsing the portal for somewhere around a decade now and i cant think of a better place to start =].
Anyway...sorry about the long post, and thanks in advance for any help you give.
That sounds like an interesting project but I'm afraid if you think that you can just get some software and start making awesome music for your game straight away you're very mistaken. The first songs you make will be really bad, even if you're some musical prodigy. It'll take at least 2 years of making music to actually start making good stuff. This obviously varies from person to person, of course, but my point is that making music takes a lot of practice.
That being said, there's plenty of software (called DAWs - Digital Audio Workstations) that are used to make music. The first that pops to mind is FL Studio, which is the one I use. I'd recommend it any day, because it's a great program and it even has lifetime free updates so if you buy it once, then any other future update will be free. The other DAWs don't have this luxury, but they're still very good programs, better than FL in some aspects and worse than FL in others. There's Reason, Cubase, Sonar, Logic/Garageband, ProTools, and free ones like Mu.Lab and LMMS.
If you get FL, then to use the soundfonts linked to, you first download them, then go to your FL folder (typically C: > Program Files > Image-Line > FL Studio), go to Data > Patches > Soundfonts, and put them in there, which is where you can access them in FL (FL has a browser on the left and all you need to do is click on the Soundfonts folder in that browser to access your soundfonts). The Bellatrix Orchestral soundfont is in sfArk format, which you'll need a program called sfArk to use.
Hope I helped.