I compose by putting notes on a staff 90% of the time. The rest of the time I input notes by keyboard into sib4. My keyboard does not have a mod wheel but a mod button. I compose orchestrated works and string quartets, duets etc. I am buying a new computer that will be a dual core 2.4 with 2gigs memory. This will leave me around 500$. My plan is to purchase sib5 129$, GPO for sib5 160$ and a sequencer like sonar home for 135$.
Does this make sense? I can compose. but I do not know how to do all the rest. I have used audacity a couple of times with a little success but the directions suck so it is a lot of guesswork. I am tired of guessing and am looking for a easy way to make decent sounds for my music. I can not think of anything else to add due to my ignorance, but I'd hate to find out after I buy all this that there was a better way for me to do this. I already own JABB but have had to use Garriton Studio to work with that, so I know nothing about Kontakt 2 either. Whoever said ignorance is bliss was an idiot.
after reading the replies:
I have thought about this a lot now and am leaning towards upgrading to sib5 which has GPO and then purchasing a decent Library. I will have 500$ avaiable for this. Since I know so little about the available libraries. I am asking for suggestions as to which one is the best for my amount of money and will work thru the K2 player in sib5.