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    Question Learning how sequencers work...

    Hello everybody! I've been lurking here for a while now, and recently bought GPO (and will hopefully sooner or later get Sonar Producer). I've casually written music for years, but never really tried to learn much about newer software and all the cool bells and whistles they have now. I'm coming from an old fifty dollar program from 1995 called Passport MIDI Workshop and a hefty soundfont. It was extremely basic, but did what I needed until now. What I've done so far can be found here in my sig (won't let me link here). It's simple and somewhat unstructured, I know, but that's me.

    What I'd really like to do, aside from writing new pieces, is go back and revamp what I've made already. The problem is, I really feel overwhelmed when I try to get all the options, controls and such understood.

    What's the best way to learn the ins and outs of how to use sequencers without feeling like I'm drowning?

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    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
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    California Redwoods

    Re: Learning how sequencers work...

    Quote Originally Posted by efin

    What's the best way to learn the ins and outs of how to use sequencers without feeling like I'm drowning?

    Well, I've been fished out of the ocean and pools a few times, and now I can swim well. The best way that I know of is to make lots of mistakes, cuss a lot, and remember what worked. You simply must dive in and keep at it. My first attempts at sequencers drove me batty. Now it is easy. First move is to scan the manual of your sound card, sequencer, and GPO. That will give you an overview. Then as you run into problems, you will have an idea of where to look. Once you have made some progress, and have specific questions, it will be easier to offer help. When you request something specific, it is helpful to tell your operating system and music setup.

    You will be able to include links in your postings after your 5th post.


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    Jersey City, NJ (sort of...)

    Re: Learning how sequencers work...

    agreed. just jump in.

    one piece of advice: start with something small. i started with something big and it was a bit overwhelming and frustrating. it was very satisfying getting it done, but the time it took was very draining. so if i were you, take one of your smaller, simpler pieces that you have already written, and take a whack at it. don't be afraid to ask questions in the support section of this forum, people here will almost always answer your question, or point you in the right direction.

    good luck, and welcome to the forum.
    Nigam Shah

    American Songbook Project

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    Re: Learning how sequencers work...

    Thanks to both of you for your responses! I guess I'll just have to keep pluggin' away. I just need to unlearn the program I've been using for 10 years, which is the hardest part.

    Oh yeah, and thanks for the welcome, too!
    Last edited by efin; 11-16-2005 at 05:38 PM. Reason: Forgot a thank you...

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