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Old 07-24-2007, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anybody knew any good composing programs for Windows. I'm a vocalist looking to compose a couple of songs. I can play the piano a bit and know some things about reading music. I read about "Band in a Box 2007" and "Finale SongWriter". Both of them sound good to me but looks can be deceiving. Both of them have good points that I like.

I'm just looking for a virtual band that will sound good. I just want a good program that will actually sound like a real band.

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Old 02-03-2008, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anybody knew any good composing programs for Windows. I'm a vocalist looking to compose a couple of songs. I can play the piano a bit and know some things about reading music. I read about "Band in a Box 2007" and "Finale SongWriter". Both of them sound good to me but looks can be deceiving. Both of them have good points that I like.

I'm just looking for a virtual band that will sound good. I just want a good program that will actually sound like a real band.

Thank you.
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Sibelius is good for notation and sounds ok.
Band in a box sounds good but is not as good at notation.
Sometimes you need more than one program to do everything you need.
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sibelius or Finale would be your best bets.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Cubase is superior. Without any doubt. Plus as far as Im aware Sibalius doesnt record vocals.
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I was assuming he just needed a program to write and listen to music, not one for recording and mixing.
Personally for that I use a combination of Audition and Reason, don't really like Cubase.
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You might be right, I just assumed when he said he was a vocalist. Cubase if used properly, or atleast the most recent package...Has everything you could need in a software package, however it can be difficult to use efficiently for anyone who hasn't been taught to use it.
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i can't figure out if it lets you directly manipulate audio. from what i can tell i can't actually edit waveforms in it, which is why i end up using audition. if i'm wrong though, i'd definitely invest more time in it.
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I'd try and answer your questions IF I knew what you meant by directly minipulating audio, maybe I'm being ignorant or maybe you're being vague I don't know but if it's the latter then if you try to explain i'll try and come out with an answer for you.

Anyway I don't know why we bother answering these questions, the guys clearly gone.
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sorry I am being a bit vague, i have a picture attached of what i'm talking about

basically i often need to edit the wavs i record, and i don't know if cubase will let me do that or just loop/apply effects to them.
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Oh no It can be done, I'm sure I'v edited the wavelengths when being taught how to use samples. If I had the software infront of me then I'd explain how but I really don't remember off the top of my head, I remember it being straight forward. And I'm sure it'll be in the manual or on a tutorial site for the software.
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