I'm a novice at computer/electronics but I want to get a good set up at minimal expense (read 'zero'--ha ha! no, seriously, at least the most economically priced) to use for recording original music compositions. But, I'd like to get the kind of quality recording/instrument/orchestration/sound I could use for submitting professionally to film, tv, theatre projects..
1. I wonder if any of you composers on this forum have any advice for me on what to look for in an external hard drive for my macbook pro? I want to back up my personal files, including original music recordings (garageband, itunes, audacity, etc), movies (imovies scored with original music), etc. I want something to keep all my files separate from my macbook pro...
I saw this one at best buy. Do you think this is appropriate? 3TB is alot of space, but I figured I could use that to keep composing projects growing...& the price seems reasonable ($130)
2. Also, all I'm using to record currently is GarageBand to compose via my yamaha digital piano. The GB acoustic instruments (flute, guitar, strings, etc) are limited without going online to purchase more and they're not very authentic sounding. What programs &/or samples do you recommend for more authentic-sounding instruments/orchestration?
Are there any free ones I could download?
3. Lastly, what sequencing/recording software do you recommend? Is GarageBand adequate or is something like Protools &/or Logic necessary for submission quality recordings?
Sorry so many questions. If you can help direct me, I'd really appreciate your time and expertise.