Hey everyone, I'm new to these forums and I'm very excited to be here.
I'm from Chicago and am scheduled to go to Columbia College this fall
for Music Composition (transferring in as a junior) and I would like to pursue film/tv/video game
music as a career. I am also willing to relocate to L.A. and possibly pursue a masters degree from USC in Motion Picture and Television Scoring if I don't get any decent hook-ups in Chicago while going through school.
I'm seriously debating upgrading my technology and getting some
sample orchestra libraries so that I can learn all the ins and outs of
these programs while I go to school. Do you think that I should just try and use the macs and software that my school offers or upgrade and purchase my own? I'm concerned that I might not get the amount of hands-on time to fully learn how to utilize these programs to their fullest if I'm fighting for lab time.
I currently have an outdated PC and Cubase LE4 and was thinking of either purchasing a refurbished imac (with i7 intel processor and upgrading the ram myself to 12G-16G) or upgrading my PC (getting new motherboard, 6-core processor, upgrading ram) and then upgrading to Cubase 6 (educational discounts are tasty!). Upgrading my PC will be much cheaper (or even purchasing a new PC with equal processing/run power to a mac) but I know the industry standard is Mac (still, I've been reading about how PCs are just as capable for film scoring).
I was also thinking of trying to purchase VSTi orchestra libraries like VSL
special edition or ensemble pro or Hollywood Strings Gold, but I might
have to use some of my extra student loan money to purchase this new
hardware/software. What libraries do you use and do you think trying to
purchase it earlier with some student loan money to have more time to
learn the software by the time I'm out of college is prudent or should
I just use my school's stuff and try to learn as much as I can during
I feel like I should be trying to utilize my student status for getting educational discounts while I can.