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When I started out, I used a program called Buzz. It is a free program, but you need to take a few tutorials to figure out how to use the thing. It's not very user friendly and is closer to a drum machine than a music composer, even though you CAN use full length songs. I switched from Buzz to FL Studio when I was about 12, and have been using it for the past 6 years. FL Studio, pardoning all of the criticism, is actually a pretty fluid, and can be a top notch program if you know how to fully use it, but at first you will wind up making a bunch of generic sounding techno songs, I think it's that way for pretty much everyone.
At 9/26/12 07:00 AM, Triented wrote: even though you CAN use full length songs.
Pardon me, even though you can MAKE full length songs.*
LMMS is good "to start out" as most guys treat it. IMO though, it's underrated. I still use it, and won't change even if I got a copy of FL studio for free :p
At 9/26/12 07:00 AM, Triented wrote: FL Studio, pardoning all of the criticism, is actually a pretty fluid, and can be a top notch program if you know how to fully use it, but at first you will wind up making a bunch of generic sounding techno songs, I think it's that way for pretty much everyone.
Despite the fact that FL studio is completely out of the question for me, I agree. FL should not be underestimated, it's a high-end daw that's pretty good for making electronic and sampled music with. I suggest that you try out a couple of daws and see what works for you TS.
At 9/26/12 06:03 AM, DanBlam wrote: Hey all,
I'm just starting out as a composer, and I was wondering what software you guys use.
I'm an Ableton user, and wouldn't really use anything else personally. The routing capability was what I found really attractive, and it's absolutely brilliant for live performing.
Used to use Cubase VST, and prior to that it was Bars & Pipes on the Amiga. Even before that, it was ProTracker or OctaMED. I got a copy of ProTracker free with Amiga Format magazine when I was a nipper and never really looked back...
Grab the demo of Ableton Live from their website:
On top of getting a DAW or host software, you'll need instruments. What kind of genre are you looking to make?
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A list of useful software and specific threads about specific programs can be found here:
But something to answer specifically to your question is probably this:
And now, to answer myself, I'm a Mu.Lab power user and big fan, I used it on making several albums, some of them signed to record labels.
At 9/27/12 05:43 PM, FatKidWitAJetPak wrote: You can check out a HUGE load of cross platform software right over here !
And what Sorohanro said.
A lot of what you get depends on what you want to do. I write music for film, games and television, as well as some classical stuff, and I use Sibelius for notation and Cubase as a general DAW. I sometimes record, mix and prepare things for sessions in Pro Tools.
I'm fairly comfortable with the "film composer" way of doing things, and I find that people in my field generally use Logic, Cubase or Digital Performer to sequence their cues/mockups, and Pro Tools to mix. People use both Sibelius and Finale in the composing/orchestration/copyist field, but Sibelius tends to be faster unless you program a TON of macros into Finale and use it all day every day, and then they are about the same. It is easier to do more advanced things in Finale though.
A lot of electronic producers and Hip Hop guys use use Ableton and Fruity Loops, and you always get guys running other systems like Sonar.
How serious are you? You can go for freeware to start with, but so much of it is a pain in the ass and you'll have to relearn it when you switch to a pro platform.