Maybe a bit O.T, but I've decided I probably have to step into the world of MIDI sequencers to post-process the output from Sibelius. I definitely need some help.
I downloaded doc for Reaper (because I could) and started going through it, and don't understand a word of it! Some of my problem is simply a vocabulary issue: they expect the reader to understand things like "FX", but they expect too much. Some of it is my lack of knowledge of ANYTHING relating to digital audio. Some of it is my lack of understanding my particular "sound system" (if such a term can be used for the rudimentary sound card and tiny speakers that came with my PC).
So where do I start? All I want to do is be able to "reshape" the MIDI output from Sibelius before feeding it to GPO in hopes that I can improve the sound. But I think I need an understand far beyond that just to make sense of the tools I'm going to use. Are there some good books I should get that can get me up and running fairly fast and don't require a degree in digital audio engineering in order to understand?
I could probably use some suggestions in choosing a sequencer program, too. I certainly doubt I need all the bells and whistles of the high-end products, but I suspect I need to get a "user friendly" one if I have any hope of using it. Reaper is certainly priced right (for non-commercial use) but I have no idea if it is what I need.
And could someone point me to some good books on MIDI orchestration techniques? (I didn't even know such books existed until Raymond mentioned he had one.)