Music Composers Unite!
I'm about to toss my computer out of the window on account of not being able to grasp, even slightly, how new music technology works - in particular, the popular programs.
So this is what I have going (hopefully someone can lend me a hand):
I am using Finale 2012 and bought CS2 as a supplemental library. After searching the internet endlessly as well as every possibility in Finale's drop-down menus, I could not find an ounce of information that helped me get anywhere near my desired result.
As a result, I downloaded the Kontakt 5 player to act as an intermediary between Finale and CS2. I was able to at least get the CS2 module to show up in the K5 console, but I'm not getting much more than that. I can't figure out how to expand the CS2 library, nor do I have the slightest clue how to assign anything to Finale from there.
Lastly, I was under the impression that CS2 could operate as a standalone library. I see nice screenshots of what looks like a CS2 player on the CS2 website, but nowhere in my 20GB .rar file is there any indication of a player to be installed. It looks like just audio files.
So, I ask... no, BEG, of you my fellow composers. Can someone give a brother some guidance? Thanks.
given your degree of frustration probably better to take a class. . . there are classes in this. Short of that--if not available -- I'm sure there are online tutorials. I don't use Finale -- but Sibelius has very helpful video tutorials. And there are serveral to be found on youtube. Check for video tutorials on youtube for Finale?
Yeah, I did that. Maybe I'm just not wording it correctly. Where would I look for these classes?
Thanks for the responses guys. I think I may have figured out the issues.
1. I had no idea what a .rar file was so after my lengthy download of the CS2 files, I had no idea what to do next.
2. Nowhere in the timespan of my purchase did anyone at CS ever mention that it NEEDS to be played using Kontakt. It only said it COULD.
3. Lastly, when the files were uncompressed, it created two folders, one with a "samples" folder in it and another with "instruments." Nobody ever told me I needed to move the instruments folder into the same folder as the samples. As soon as I did that, Kontakt detected it and it seems to be working as intended now.
@RaymondKemp: I've been fighting the notion that I have to learn MIDI sequencing in order to get really great sounds out of my works. I think I'm coming around though. A few questions on that: 1. What are the more user-friendly sequencing programs? 2. For people, like me, who are used to writing music as sheet music (I know, craaaazy) are there any short cuts to transposing music from notation programs into a sequencer or do you literally have to do it note for note?
Thanks again for all your help. I'm sure the people at CS are fed up with my emails haha.
Would Logic work for this? I mostly ask because its 60% of the price of Cubase :)
I use Finale 2012 and when I reach a stage of composition comnpletion I then save my file as a midi file (on Finale).
I use Cubase Studio 5 as my sequencer program. I go to File/Import and simply import the midi file to Cubase. You have to specify in both Finale and Cubase that you want the file to be saved and then imported into individual instrument channels and BINGO it does - now you have a new composition in Cubase to mix and master.
Very cool. Thanks for the info all!