PDA

View Full Version : Any composers here?


s2m6
18-03-09, 14:55
I was just wondering if anyone on these forums composes music i.e for film, for the Level Edtior, or just for fun ect?
If so, what program do you use to compose (Finale, Sibelius ect), or if you use manuscript papaer.
Examples of music you have composed would be great. :)

Keir_Eidos
18-03-09, 15:02
I love to compose my own music, but it's not soundtracks or games. Although I'd love to get involved in a project like that. There are a couple of guys on here that make awesome Tomb Raider inspired compositions.

But for the record I make trancey stuff using an Alesis QS6 as my controller keyboard, KRK Rokit 5's G2 monitors. I sequence with Cubase Studio 4, master with iZotope Ozone 4 and most of my sounds come from Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Nexus², z3ta+ and Sylenth1.

I recently got Kontakt 3 which is a really nice piece of sampling kit. I want to use some of the samples that Troels Folmann has recently worked on ---> http://www.tonehammer.com/

Women obsessively buy shoes. I obsessively buy soft synths.

rickybazire
18-03-09, 15:32
I love to compose!!

It's more like songs that are just nice to listen to. No genre really or theme.

Nick56music
18-03-09, 18:53
I'm not that good at composing, but I am master (if I am allow to say that :D) in improvising and new arrangements of songs. I play the piano, and there are really many opportunities to expand songs. :wve:

rickybazire
18-03-09, 20:01
I'm not that good at composing, but I am master (if I am allow to say that :D) in improvising and new arrangements of songs. I play the piano, and there are really many opportunities to expand songs. :wve:

You improvise on the piano?

Ilves
18-03-09, 22:58
Hey guys! Not much to add here, but may as well take this opportunity to ask for some advice. :) I've been doing some midi sequencing (yeah, sorry :p)of existing pieces in the hopes of eventually creating music of my own.

Needless to say the standard midi device sounds godawful, particularly the percussion. What software would you recommend that is capable of creating a somewhat decent sound?

I don't have fancy hardware/input devices, and I'm on a student budget. Can you give some pointers?

Much obliged! :wve:

Keir_Eidos
19-03-09, 08:52
Hey guys! Not much to add here, but may as well take this opportunity to ask for some advice. :) I've been doing some midi sequencing (yeah, sorry :p)of existing pieces in the hopes of eventually creating music of my own.

Needless to say the standard midi device sounds godawful, particularly the percussion. What software would you recommend that is capable of creating a somewhat decent sound?

I don't have fancy hardware/input devices, and I'm on a student budget. Can you give some pointers?

Much obliged! :wve:

I'll try and help! A couple of questions first though. Which sequencer are you currently using and what kind of music do you compose and produce?

Ilves
19-03-09, 09:07
I'll try and help! A couple of questions first though. Which sequencer are you currently using and what kind of music do you compose and produce?

*embarrassed blush* Hum, produce is too big a word :o I use a trial version of Music Masterworks from the late 90's, and I've mostly sequenced game soundtracks... Here's some from Underworld (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showpost.php?p=3249252&postcount=1), and I did a couple of Metal Gear pieces some years ago, found here (http://thesnakesoup.org/?section=junk&content=midis)(scroll down for the tracks I did)

I'd definately like to go for the orchestral/electronic sound common in game soundtracks. :)

EDIT: Whoops, sendspace links are dead. Updated: >>> http://www.sendspace.com/file/2j4xlz
And a silly remix: >>> http://www.sendspace.com/file/mk7i8c

Keir_Eidos
19-03-09, 09:41
*embarrassed blush* Hum, produce is too big a word :o I use a trial version of Music Masterworks from the late 90's, and I've mostly sequenced game soundtracks... Here's some from Underworld (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showpost.php?p=3249252&postcount=1), and I did a couple of Metal Gear pieces some years ago, found here (http://thesnakesoup.org/?section=junk&content=midis)(scroll down for the tracks I did)

I'd definately like to go for the orchestral/electronic sound common in game soundtracks. :)

EDIT: Whoops, sendspace links are dead. Updated: >>> http://www.sendspace.com/file/2j4xlz
And a silly remix: >>> http://www.sendspace.com/file/mk7i8c

Ooh. OK well this thread (http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=245688&highlight=free+sequencer) might be of interest to you.

There's tons of soft synths out there for download that'll give you the sounds you need. Obviously the more advanced you go, the better computer specs you'll require as they can melt your processor. You may also need to think about upgrading your soundcard.

To give you an idea, when I started with PC based music I was using an old p4 2.6 with 1GB RAM and a £50 Emu 0404 soundcard which handled itself pretty darn well. I was running a cheapie version of Cubase SE3 and some pretty inexpensive softsynths (reFX Vanguard, Albino II, etc) which did the basics pretty well relatively inexpensively.

Ilves
19-03-09, 10:14
Ooh. OK well this thread (http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=245688&highlight=free+sequencer) might be of interest to you.

There's tons of soft synths out there for download that'll give you the sounds you need. Obviously the more advanced you go, the better computer specs you'll require as they can melt your processor. You may also need to think about upgrading your soundcard.

To give you an idea, when I started with PC based music I was using an old p4 2.6 with 1GB RAM and a £50 Emu 0404 soundcard which handled itself pretty darn well. I was running a cheapie version of Cubase SE3 and some pretty inexpensive softsynths (reFX Vanguard, Albino II, etc) which did the basics pretty well relatively inexpensively.

That's a very helpful link, thanks! I'll give it a shot... :)
I'm particularly interested in software that's as complete as possible. You see if the choice is between sample kits and shoes, well... :whi:

Keir_Eidos
19-03-09, 10:43
That's a very helpful link, thanks! I'll give it a shot... :)
I'm particularly interested in software that's as complete as possible. You see if the choice is between sample kits and shoes, well... :whi:

Hm, well given the sort of sounds you're interested in achieving I think you should be looking at a sample based synth (sometimes called a ROMpler).

I make electronic sounding trancey stuff so I know mainly about software geared for that, but KvR is a very good forum, if you do a few searches I'm sure it'll unearth some useful info for you.