I need assistance knowing what to buy for a 'composition for film and media' module next year
Hi, I'm currently in my first year or university and next year I will be taking a 'composing for film and media' module. So far most of our composition work has been on Sibelius and some of it in the studios, which are a pain to get to. For this module we have to use a DAW for sound libraries and recording e.t.c, and I need the cheapest options. I will be using a Windows 8 laptop with 8GB ram, and recording my guitar, bass, Nord Stage 2 and microphone. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the equipment that I will need will be:
- an audio interface
- a DAW
- some form of sample library
- a microphone
I have previous experience working with Garageband and Pro Tools so I am thinking of buying this
which would solve the first two bullet points. Customer support have said that 'after registering the mbox and Pro Tools 9 you will get a free upgrade path for Pro Tools 10+11' which effectively means I am buying Pro Tools 11?
For the other two bullet points I am unsure, do I buy something like EWQL or Kontakt or does Pro Tools already come with enough samples on Xpand for me to get by? For a microphone I am clueless as well. I have about £1000 to spend but I would much rather spend less, and I would even consider torrenting programs if it helps me get through my degree.
Thanks for putting up with the long winded post and maybe stupid questions but I have met other students in the same boat and I hear the module isn't very organised.
submitted by JSW2K7
So this post might create a lot of heat... But I want serious opinions regarding pirated music software, given my situation.
As I mentioned in the title, I'm expecting to get some heat because of this post, but I want people's serious opinions.
I have always been really interested in composing, but I've never known where to start. I've fiddled around with basic notation software with general midi sound sets, and never felt inspired. There is something very discouraging about hearing some great composition you had in your head played back in awful GM.
So I did a lot of research and became well vested with professional DAWs and sound libraries such as East West Quantum Leap. And, as someone who was very interested in trying to compose, but so far couldn't feel inspired with the tools at my disposal, I torrented a few huge EWQL sound sets (Orchestra, Choirs, Stormdrum) and Cubase 5.
Having these amazing sound libraries at my fingertips, as well as having a much more intuitive (for me) program such as Cubase, gave me instant inspiration to write, and keep writing music. The better I can make these compositions sound on my computer, the more inspired I am to keep writing. This wouldn't happen without $1000 sound sets.
Of course, I really do want to support the companies that make these programs, but as someone who was only dabbling in composition, and with no substantial income (being a student), it made no sense for me to go out and purchase these programs at full price.
I am now a rising Junior in college, double majoring, one of which is in music. I plan to take 1 on 1 composition lessons in the fall. If I start to feel really successful with composition going forward, especially if I am looking towards graduate school in music, of course I will purchase these programs.
But I am a little unsure of where to go from here. As I said, I will be taking composition lessons, and I can't exactly use $1000s of stolen composition tools. Should I just take what I've learned using these tools and try to go back to much cheaper alternatives? Or should I make a real investment now and hope its worth it?
Anyways, I am just looking for opinions on my whole situation. Anyone else been in similar situations?
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