Just wondering what good music making programs people use.
Im trying some notation software, I cant say I really like it all that much.
Is there any good software with lots of instrumental sounds, that you can maybe manipulate? you know, attack decay, treble, base, reverse, etc etc.
where THE SOFtWARE MAKES THE MUSIC, no plugging in midi BS to deal with,
or any good music making software out there?
The sounds dont have to be 100% realistic, im making it for games so if it sounds like game music, thats ok too, but id prefer more realistic sounding.
We have a small amateur band, and for notation we use MagicScore Maestro. It supports many instruments, has virtual tools for piano and guitar. You can adjust volume, balance, and effects for each track, plug-ins allow using different midi devices. It's really powerful and easy in use.
The learning curve for Fruity can be quite steep as it does a LOT. Acoustic Mixcraft is really easy to use right out of the box. Depends an what you want from your software and what fits your work flow. http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/
The easiest music maker I've ever used is music shake. It is free to download and there is also a portable app on the homepage you could use. I do prefer Fruity Loops though, it is much more advanced and it has a lot more plugins than music shake.
I've been in the music industry for 6 years now as a producer and engineer. Some of the programs people are listing on here are DAW systems. Which is more of a host program for arranging, mixing and mastering. Although you can create music in all of them, they are not ideal for music creation. If your looking for sounds for video games then you would want to go with a program that offers the ability to apply sounds to midi signals. The way your thinking of midi is probably a little different than it actually is. Midi is just a trigger for a sound sample. Any sound can be applied to a midi note. The industry standard DAW is Pro Tools. You don't need that, everyone uses that to mix their songs. The top Music Creation Program in the industry is Apple's Logic Studio pro 9. It is a Daw and a midi sequencer. It's a lot more advanced and will have a longer learning curve but comes with a lot of sounds and probably has the highest quality samples. This would be better for actual studio recording. It runs for around $400. With that being said I would suggest Propellerhead's Reason 5. Reason can be rewired through most DAW systems but also runs standalone. Which is what you need. There's no need for you to have a DAW system for what your wanting to do. You can mix and edit right in Reason. It's very plug and play as far as loading sounds and playing. You can also edit all of the samples and add effects. There are plenty of tutorials on how to set it up and use it. It comes with a lot of sounds right out of the box and you can even download free sound refills that are specific to categories. It's cheap and people in the industry use it whether they admit it or not. Another option is FL Studio (Fruity Loops). They have gone more towards the side of total music creation from start to finish like Logic does. FL Studio is only for PC where as Reason can be used on pc or mac. So I think Reason would be perfect for what you need. No matter what program you buy, you will need a Midi Controller. They make 25 to 80 Key inexpensive controllers. You would not need a lot of keys because you are not actually playing full piano compositions. You just plug your controller in to a USB port, Reason will recognize it and then your off and playing any sound you load. Keyboard Midi Controllers look like a keyboard but don't actually play any sounds. It just sends those triggers I was talking about earlier. So any sound u put in to reason you'll have at your fingertips. Pretty cool when you think about how much most top line keyboards cost. I think it would definitely take your game sounds to the next level.