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Old 11-23-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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I'm wanting to get into composing for video games and movies, however first I want to get a good DAW (ex. Cubase, F!-Studios, etc) to record some of my ideas and hear it in rea! time because as you know, writing out scores can take forever. So what is the best DAW to compose with? As a note, computer requirements and price are not a prob!em; and I compose most!y symphonic music.

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Old 11-23-2012, 04:48 AM   #2
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:05 AM   #3
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I'd still recommend Reaper. Most of ProTools and the like take so long to learn and are frustrating to set up and computer resource hungray. Spend the money saved on some good software strings and pianos and stuff to actually make music with - these are more important than a fancy DAW to mix them with.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:24 AM   #4
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If you are going to be doing a lot of film scores etc I'd recommend a fully featured daw.

I use logic which is mac only, but others to look at are cubase and pro tools. Cubase has [or is about to be] upgraded, and imo looks pretty nice. Much more friendly looking interface.

Honestly, I think the features of the top daws these days are all pretty similar. It's more down to user choice than any real difference in product.

I'm pretty sure both cubase and pro tools have free trials - so check them out and pick the one you like most maybe?
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:14 AM   #5
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There's a section on software DAWs in the Recording Interfaces sticky in the Recordings forum. Also a couple of threads about VSTs etc, you'll find the answer to most of your questions over there.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:25 AM   #6
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:33 AM   #7
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I wouldn't bother composing in a DAW at all to be honest. I compose all my music in guitar pro then import the MIDI into the DAW. Use Guitar Pro, Power Tab or Tux guitar to compose your music. I promise you'll find it's a much simpler approach. Also, these programs already sound like a video game soundtrack if you use the MIDI and not the RSE. (RSE is ****ing GARBAGE! C'est de la POUBELLE! Don't use it.)
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:33 AM   #8
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They are all good and they all have little things that each do better than one another. I read that you wanna do film scores. None of the DAW's come with a comprehensive high quality orchestral library but some do come with workable soft synths. So i guess you have to ask yourself what kinda scoring your gonna be doing epic classical based stuff or the more modern electronic stuff. If it's the classical end of the spectrum I would suggest Reaper. It's the most affordable option that has all the power under the hood that the big money DAW's have. The other plus side is you can spend whatever you have left in your budget at an orchestral library VST'I. If it's the modern stuff then Cubase or Logic if you run a mac. They cost more off the bat as they are coming bundled with instruments and library's.
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I wouldn't bother composing in a DAW at all to be honest. I compose all my music in guitar pro then import the MIDI into the DAW. Use Guitar Pro, Power Tab or Tux guitar to compose your music. I promise you'll find it's a much simpler approach. Also, these programs already sound like a video game soundtrack if you use the MIDI and not the RSE. (RSE is ****ing GARBAGE! C'est de la POUBELLE! Don't use it.)

I do this for somethings - but to be honest - with articulations and such composing in anything less than sibelius for film isn't going to be very good imo.

For orchestration I think a midi keyboard is the best bet into either a good daw or sibelius.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:19 AM   #10
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A friend of mine is a producer, which I realize has different needs than a composer, but he swears by Fruity Loops Studio (AKA FL Studio). So thats really all I have to offer as far as DAWs go. I'm not much of a computer guy when it comes to music but I trust my buddy on this.
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