I am trying to figure out the best workflow for composing orchestral music.

I have tried using Finale but find some aspects of it frustrating.

Most composers I see in Youtube are working in DAWs working with midi data.

I don't like getting bogged down in technical issues when I want inspiration to flow, so I'm looking for user-friendly software.

What methods have you guys found best?

What software do you use?  

Or do you just write notes by hand and then scan it?

If you can describe the advantages of your method, that would be excellent!

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  • Wow, thanks! I'm gonna have to go check all that out right about now.

    Stephen Williams said:

    Hi Paul,

    Since I posted my last reply, I found this great video which I think has some excellent points on composing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tISWLyRihlM

    Also, I discovered that SCRIBD has professional music scores that you can download in PDF and I already have membership with SCRIBD!

    What is the Best Way to Compose for orchestras?
    I am trying to figure out the best workflow for composing orchestral music. I have tried using Finale but find some aspects of it frustrating. Most…
  • Do you want to write orchestral music or movie movie/ video game/ media music? If you really want the latter, then work in a DAW where sound is the most important. There's a huge difference between writing for live musicians and writing for your samples.
  • Yes, I think I will have to work in my DAW for what I want to do.

    The style of music I envisage could be played by live musicians but would contain elements of the style of movie scores.

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