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    Any good Music Making Programs?

    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.

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    I heard good sounds about Fruity loops and Psycle.

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    Hi,
    Without midi you don't have notation software. All notation based software is midi based.
    Most midi software allow you to manually insert standard music notation values.

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    I heard about Psycle.

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    Check out KVRAudio. Loads of free music apps - free, shareware and commercial. Good Forum too.
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    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.

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    if you want to spent some money and can play an e-piano or synthie, I would suppose you try out Quantum Leaps awsome sound programmes. Like Ministry of Rock or Storm Drum 2.

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    Thumbs up sonic producer

    hey man try this its an online one that already has tons of sounds included so you don't have to search the net for soundfonts and wav files its called sonic producer
    http://4a0717mmpxy05v3k17l7yqyu1d.hop.clickbank.net/

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    Alot of people use Fruity Loops I think. Howa bout that?

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    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/

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    I use reason with Pro Tools, but for more simple applications try Fruity Loops or Garage Band is another good loop based program.

    http://audiojungle.net/user/solarsound/portfolio

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    Fl Studio, Ableton Live, Cubase, Reason

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    Any good Music Making Programs?

    hi there,i my opinion you must tire Psycle or f1studio because these are the best software which i will tire personally...
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    try Psycle

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    Yes, Cakewalk. I guess they're calling Music Creator now.

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    All depend your level but I suggest project 5 from Cakelwak, easy to use, but still you will need to have a few knowledge of music...that's the prob, but the dimension pro synth is very powerful.

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    Fruity loops is tue. A nice thing

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    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.

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    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.

    You can get Reason 5 here

    A small 25 Keystation with hit pads here

    Or a 49 keystation no hit pads for same price
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/KeyRig49/
    Hope this helped a little bit.
    Let me know if you have any questions

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    Cubase and Reason rocks

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