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what an ambition - cd quality.. shudder..

use a vst compatible sequencer. vst plugins will give you thousands of options.

check www.kvr-vst.com for free hosts.

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quote:
Original post by C3ooo
I want to make CD quality music, which sampler/music program do youall recommend?


What style?

If you want CD quality - use real instruments and a studio...





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What kind of budget do you have? Do you prefer sequencing or notating? Do you have any decent MIDI sounds, or are you wanting samples instead? All of these factors make a difference. If you can answer these, I can discuss different programs with you.


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hmmm, I don't think I would spend more than $1k,
I prefer notating
I have a nice midi synthesizer, I don't know what good midisounds are.

I know what Samples are, and I like them....

I like a program that is newbie friendly, so I can spend more time being creative than trying to learn how to use it.

oxoxs, how can I tell which squencer is vst compatible?


Crispy, I do play an instrument, but don't know how to connect my Guitar AMP/guitar altogether and record directly into my PC =\.

::Thanks for the replies guys, keep it comming::

[edited by - c3ooo on December 5, 2003 10:20:05 AM]

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If price is an issue, Cubasis Notation is only around $50. I''ve not used it, but I''m guessing that you''re gonna need some type of virtual studio. So maybe Cubasis VST (around $100) might be better. Or, if you''ve the dough, Cubase SL/SX or Sonar would do it, though I''d check out their features and ask yourself how much do you need them. All of these are vst compatible, as well as directx plugin friendly. They also allow automated volume, panning, effects etc.

Presumably you''ve already got something to master from your external synth? (cd writer/dat/md)? If you''re using live recording as well, you might need a small mixer as well - again, these can be cheap (~ $50).

I personally enjoy using a Yamaha SW1000XG sound card. Not only does it support 32 channel midi, as well as several fx processors that can be applied direct to the sounds, but it can also loopback the midi and audio sounds into one final recording.

Hope this helps. You say you can''t get your guitar to input into your sound card? What have you tried already?

Barry Ryerson
Head of Audio Development
Ryerson Sound Solutions
URL:http://www.ryerson-sound.com

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first off.. from common experience i''d really suggest avoiding parting with your cash..

..you get all this stuff because people tell you it''s great, it''s what you want, et c. and then next year it''s been outdone 3x over. ie. my studio cost me $10k over the years, i''ll be damned if i don''t use freeware 90% of the time (it''s that good.. ask me which i use.. $500 lexicon reverb or ambience free plug-in?)

since you''re in u.k., you have a convenient starting point.. pick up a copy of computer music mag for 4~5ukp.. i believe they have a suite of progs on the disk every month which will include everything you need.. ie. a version of muzys (sequencer/vst host) and probably a whole load of tutorials, online forums.. you and thousands of others prolly dozens of synths and fx as well (not the best, but again, a reference point w/ loads of users to help so you can cover the basics and move on) not a big fan of the commercial mags, but they are a good starting point.

in terms of snythesis and fx, the freeware vst selection - can''t emphasize enough - on the level.. commercial/free, quality is relative to the instance, not the price. my guess the first thing you''ll want to buy is the host/sequencer.. money will probably get you more audio tracks (16 should be enuff at first..) but hosts are a total pain in the ass if you don''t find one that works with your ''style..'' so shop around and wait out the impulses.

for free, try cubasis inwire (if you can find it) the cm muzys, massiva, and buzz or bidule if you like more complex modular environments.. gotta be more free as well..

there are several excellent hosts in the 50-100$/e range, prolly with versatile demo or beta versions.. console, traktion, audiomulch, orion, fruity loops.

at any rate, there are so many free resources that you shouldn''t have to pay for a beginner setup..

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Thanks xoxos, and BazTheHat..

I don''t live in UK :b


I think I ''ve tried the freeversion Cubasis, but it turned out to be extremely hard to work with.

I guess I should just get a cheap soundblaster soundcard and Cakewalk

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cm is available in other countries for 2x price.. relly. vst. way more goodies (ie. *moi* just released the first freeware formant shifter.. )

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plugging you guitar into your comp and recording is easy. Simply use a standard plug, like a speaker or headphone plug and stuck the output from the amp into the in port of your sound card. BE CAREFUL, only use the headphone output from your amp. Using any other output from an amp and plugging it into your comp can damage your comp.

Then to record the sound you can use something like http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ for the actual recording. My brother does it all the time, it''s really easy, just hit the record button and start playing . As far as editing the sound files, I don''t know . My brother uses cool edit pro... but it''s a fairly expensive program

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