I hope this subject has not come up yet here.
I was wondering if the process I write (and produce) music is correct.
Of course I know that little can be done for me to change my mind as everyone has individual ideas and needs and whatever...
Still I do feel that in certain aspects I've left myself behind and let me explain:
In order to finish and deliver a track in audio format (mp3/wav) I have 3 phases:
i. Composer/Orchestrate in manuscript. No computers, nothing. If the lights go out (and it's day time outside) I'm fine. I've always done that.
ii. Copy the score to Finale (could be any program, just Iuse Finale). BTW, I use Finale 2000, that's 7 years away... brrrr...
iii. Export midi from Finale, import to Cubase and work towards producing the final product.
I find that for me this series works, and let me now explain:
I need to compose on paper, because I want to see the whole (A3 many times) page in front of me and with a blink of an eye have nextto me all the drafts,notes and everything else. Coposing directly to a notation program would be nightmare for me and in a sequencer nightmare as well, granted that I don't have keyboard to play the music in.
Inputing notes manually in Cubase is hell, so I use Finale for that, and anyway I find that Notatino programs, still make a better job making scores than sequencers.
And the other way around, sequencers do a better job sequencing music, than notation programs do.
But here I see a lot of people using notation programs to make their final tracks, and actually producing very decent (brilliant actually) results, for which I'm amazed. Still I mix everything in audio so for me that would be quite tricky.
Anyway... that's me.
How do you do it?
Am I too traditional? Do I waste time like this?
PS. I've done some tracks straight to cubase and all I can say ist hat I would never be able to produce the ellaborate and complicated scores that I make by hand this way. It's a matter of choice probably in the end...