I decided to post this here since there are many talented composers.
I am still using logic on PC and will more then likely cross grade to a Mac.
However I am reevaluating sequencers again and need some feedback in certain areas.
The features most important to me right now would be:
1. compositional related tools.
2. adequate film scoring tools.
Right now it seems that digital performer offers the best of these.
by compositional tools I mean: he ability to manipulate midi data using tools
like logic ops: IE inversion, retrograde, and very important is the ability to transpose modally to any key.
Here is what I found out so far regarding the popular apps:
LOGIC offers some basics like retrograde and inversion . For complex modal transpositions however you have to some big time voodoo in the environment (I know there are several environments on some 3rd part sites), but I have yet to get any of them to work so I am building my own) . Also the matrix editor in logic is completely harmonically dumb: ie if your in Db minor and choose a Gb you may get a F# instead! Drives me nuts on a big orchestral work. Even worse when you’re thinking modally with transposed instruments!
SONAR has very good modal transposing with pitch correcting, IE It can go from C Ionian to C Phrygian or even f# Lorain easily on the fly! I think sonar can do basic inversions and retrograde ops but I think this is via cal programming. Not sure so ANY SONAR USERS PLEASE CORRECT IF YOU CAN THX.
CUBASE SX- as far as I know Cubase SX can perform all of these ops as sonar.
But much to my amazement the developers crippled all of the good film scoring features from previous versions!! Scared me away completely.
Film scoring tools:
The film scoring tools in logic are good enough to get by .you can lock events to time code, scrub video, etc(I know this gets better in 6.0) .
According to the online tour digital performer has all of the film scoring tools in logic plus some more.
So this leads me back to DP and logic, which can provide most, if not all of what I need.
However what I need to know is:
1.What film scoring tools are in sonar?
2. Can you do polymeters in Sonar? ( different meters in different instruments)
3. Anyone working on those of those weird esoteric apps on Mac like MRAC or any of the fractural programs?
4. On the PC side as well, anyone working on any alternative interesting apps?
Thanks all for your insights.