I'm looking for different opinions about the products we use for composing. But first I want to give my current position:
I've been working with Sibelius 4 (I have 1 year and a half with it), with GPO and JABB libraries. I have to tell you, I'm happy with those libraries, but as time goes by, you become more particular in taste.
I'm considering upgrade to Sibelius 5, and I've heard Sib5 contains Sounds Essentials. Is SE better than the classic GPO? (in realistic sense)
I'm looking for a tool who can provide more realistic orchestral sounds, even choirs that GPO doesn't provide.
What can you recommend me to do? Purchase Sib5, Miroslav, EWQ?
I just want to be guided to what I really want. I just want to hear in the way, for example, that a section string really impresses me when playing. I want to hear realism, but I know of course it depends on my skills as a composer, but using the right tools make it easier.
So, what should I get to compose a realistic piece or orchestration with choirs? Should I keep the same stuff? should I change completely all my tools?
Any response will be aprecciate. and thanks for your time.
Now, I guess you are talking about Sonar, Cubase, Logic and those. Is there too much difference in the way we input notes between a notation program and a sequencer?
I've seen videos on youtube about it, and I find them very confusing, I guess because they use a midi keyboard, but there is no pentagram or notes. Is that the only way to compose music? can't I add notes with the mouse? (like the old school)
Which sequencer you use, is up to you. Download demos if possible, see what others say.
I input notes into Finale, probably like you, we feel more comfortable inputting with standard notation. Then, export a midi file from your notation program into your sequencer. From there the tweaking is done with a graphic interface. You can take any of the CC midi controls and edit them with the "pencil" in the sequencer. Drawing the data in. Once you get used to it, it's very intuitive. It's a different way of working than notation programs, but it lets you put slight nuances into your performance that aren't there in a notation program.
Realize that when you put a "f" into your file, your notation program plays that exactly the same everytime. Whereas humans don't play that perfectly. The sequencer will allow you to add the "imperfection" that makes it sound more real.
Don't get me wrong, I think notation playback is great. That's what I use 98% of the time. For most of my needs, it works perfectly. But for that other 2% where I need something a little more special, then I'll bring it into a sequencer for that little extra tweaking I'm looking for.
You may also want to take a look at Overture 4 from Geniesoft which combines the attributes of a notation program with the flexibility to manipulate midi like you can with a sequencer. You can check it out by downloading the demo.