Well .. I've booked a half-day (3 hour) one-to-one private tuition on Cubase this coming Thursday afternoon. I have booked with a professional in London which means over a three hour train ride each way. I shall leave around 9:00 in the morning and should arrive home around 11:00 at night.
The focus will be on importing a MIDI file, blancing, mixing, adding ambience and reverb and mastering to an audio file ready for CD. It will be essentially a practical session for which I have prepared a few MIDI files of my own to work on.
I have used Finale exclusively (presently 2006a) but I have to candidly admit that despite being fluent with Finale I have failed to achieve the quality of the finished recording heard in the samples provided by the talented people here. Soooo .. I am now going to try an external solution. I can only write in the 'traditional' way .. notes on manuscript, I cannot write any other way. So I shall go on writing in my way using Finale and I hope .. so badly .. that I can discover how to see my work through to a good quality recording and to be able to even remotely aspire to the recording standards of you talented people whom I envy in this respect.
I would greatly value any hints, tips, tricks and advice for a beginner in sequencing that anyone can give me to take with me to my tuition. Also, do you think a three hour one-to-one private session is a reasonable springboard into the software .. or will it take much more than this? My last question. Once I can use one sequencer, is it reasonable to expect to be able to cross over to a different one .. much the same as being able to drive most cars once we can drive one car (once we've checked the gear lever, hand brake and switches) .. or is it a whole new learning curve moving from one sequencer to another .. such as from Cubase to Sonar.
Lastly .. please wish me luck ......