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    Newbie Sequencer Question

    I want to produce soundtrack like music. I purchase EWQL Silver and hope to do something fun with it. Right now i am using Reaper but i have heard mixed reviews. I tried a Sonar demo and the price and the interface were a bit intimidating. I don't mind learning something new of course, but was just wondering what everyone here thought?

    PS. I am using an Axiom Midi Controller Keyboard if that helps at all.

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    Re: Newbie Sequencer Question

    Hi Ibanez,

    Welcome to Northernsounds. EWQL Silver is a good start for producing "Hollywood" style music. Reaper is a capable sequencer and is good for what you want to do, as are Sonar and Cubase. What about Reaper is giving you trouble?

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    Re: Newbie Sequencer Question

    I don't know where you are in the world but there is a UK magazine called Computer Music. Every issue contains a free studio with two different sequencers and lots of other stuff. If you are very short of money this is a good buy. I've used two of the free programmes - drum and a sampler for a long time now. Its about £6 here monthly and I know its available in US
    Derek
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    Re: Newbie Sequencer Question

    Quote Originally Posted by buckshead View Post
    I don't know where you are in the world but there is a UK magazine called Computer Music. Every issue contains a free studio with two different sequencers and lots of other stuff. If you are very short of money this is a good buy. I've used two of the free programmes - drum and a sampler for a long time now. Its about £6 here monthly and I know its available in US
    Thye still include the old CM Studio which was developed by the people who create Muzys.
    Now they promote Energy XT and you can get a discount for the full version.

    Reaper can be difficult at first if you are doing midi.

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    Re: Newbie Sequencer Question

    Reaper is catching up though. It has an excellent sound for a VST floater, and won't overbloat your CPU w/ unnecessary code.

    I use Cubase 4.1 and a hardware Yamaha QX-1 for tight MIDI work creating percussion, drum and lighting and sound effect cues. But dump those tracks into Reaper. Since it is a low code sequencer it can perform the large amount of data and spit it back out w/ high precision.

    That's my use though.

    But for 50 bucks, it's tough to beat. And live, it's the most stable I have used. I can start a show and walk away, and come back 5 minutes before the break and as always, no problemos. Lighting faders and automated hardware effects can overwhelm some apps when mixed together w/ MIDI'd instruments in hardware and software, but Reaper is just too lean to get tired.

    Welcome To NS.
    JimmyV

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