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.