Doug Lauber replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"This is actually a general info guide about various audio interfaces, PCI, USB, firewire, and not brand specific. Check it out:
http://www.sweetwater.com/shop/computer-audio/audio_interfaces/buyi..."
Dec 23, 2010
Doug Lauber replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"There's tons of info about pro audio interfaces on the net. Try gearslutz.com
and just to get some ideas:http://www.sweetwater.com/shop/computer-audio/audio_interfaces/buyi..."
Dec 23, 2010
Benton Anderson replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
""You can't go wrong with whatever else you do."
 
Heh, well from the research I've been doing today, it seems I could go wrong in terms of sound cards. I hear that some have horrible compatibility issues with Windows 7, some are meant for gaming,…"
Dec 23, 2010
Doug Lauber replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"New computer- definitely can't go wrong there.
Keyboard idea:  http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Keystation88es/
(also, I just checked eBay for the Alesis Quadrasynth- a couple for $300)"
Dec 22, 2010
Benton Anderson replied to Mantas Savickis's discussion "Seven Brothers" for cello solo (2009)
"Wow, my head exploded after finishing listening to it. Who knew you could have so many lines that weren't a part of the actual staff lines. :) 
 
Allow me to rate it in the style I usually use for reviews of music (I'm assuming you'd like some…"
Dec 22, 2010
Doug Lauber replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"Hopefully we'll hear from those who are doing large-scale orchestrations and also using both a DAW and Finale. You might consider performing parts with a MIDI keyboard, to give the final recording a more human feeling for time. Anyway, as you…"
Dec 21, 2010
Benton Anderson replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"Wow, talk about a hurr durr moment, I've never once thought to make my score in Finale, make it a MIDI and then stick it into a DAW. Indeed, my favorite way to write my music is through Finale. I've tried using a piano roll in some demos... yeah,…"
Dec 21, 2010
Greg Brus replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"I'm no expert, but I can tell that in order to produce high quality mockups (maybe not high-end style, but at least decent) one needs three things: well prepared MIDI, a tool to manipulate is thoroughly (DAW I guess) and resources to use during the…"
Dec 21, 2010
Benton Anderson replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"Hmm, yes that is one noteworthy aspect I left out. I plan on making polished mock ups exclusively, and I have zero plans nor passion to make anything less for the time being.
 
And yes, I agree fully that it's all about the baby steps. I just need…"
Dec 21, 2010
Doug Lauber replied to Benton Anderson's discussion What Should I get Next for my Composing?
"What are your goals? Do you want to compose for a virtual orchestra and create orchestral mock-ups? It's tough to take an immediate quantum leap to that polished demo. Maybe you should take a few baby steps first? For example, at the very least, I…"
Dec 21, 2010

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  • You have a great musical gift Benton Anderson. Your heart as a guide music will take to depths of the universe and back. You will be a great composer.
  • Welcome to the Composer's Forum!  Good to see another composer in Phoenix. Somber Strings sounds 'real' -not bad at all.

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