NOTE: This is an open post. If you find/use any free/cheap software then you are free to share it on here! YOUR NAME WILL BE POSTED, WITH LINK TO YOUR PROFILE! Help me improve this post!
I know today generation of teenager/young-adult is all cyber pirates (nuff said!). However I would like to think of those poor bastards that made the software you guys pirated. Not fair, men! Let's do this in a legitimate and cheap way.
Next week, I'll do VSTi/DXi and tracker samples in legit way
UPDATED: Added 4th family of software, Scorewriter.
I'll go with 4 different families of music software:
= Tracker itself is a type of 'vertical' sequencer that uses module files functions with monaural channel. (Src: wiki)
- Is the oldest audio software known to man (over 25 years) which means it has large support communities such as ModArchive, BitFellas, Modplug and Pouet (there are discussions for tracker stuff but just think this is a silly hangout haven...)
- Approach you with an all-in-one feeling. Such as a few attempt of 'wave drawer/manipulator', a sample editor, an instrument modifier and a mini mixer (we call it channels)
- Module file itself is a work of marvelous. It contains both notation, effects and samples. It represents the meaning of openness.
- Must use with samples. Although there is a selection of MIDI instruments.
- Sample copyrights - if you ripped it from elsewhere... do not post on here!
- Steep learning curve - Don't expect you can learn it all in one day. Tip: find a key that is B#, be sharp my friends!
- Stupid workflows - why does the sample volume doesn't work within the channel I arranged???
- Bugs - can't export without custom command, mate. Oh wait, FU xm!
$ Paid (cheap): Renoise
= Sequencer is a notation software that works as MIDI arrangement. (Src: wiki)
- Learning curve is excellent.
- Usually bundle with extra instruments (VSTi/DXi)
- All-in-one function - audio editor, mixer, instrument generator (limited)
- Decent & mainstream support community.
- DAW discrimination between users. See SoundsOnline Forum & KVR. Grown people constantly compares DAWs like a bunch of 2 years old with fake jewelery.
- Rare free yet good programs.
= Audio editor: the kind of Swiss blade you need around your music studio to edit stuff.
- Record your guitar wannabe sounds in real time!
- All kinds of effect you can use on your audio.
- Usually mix within a loop sequencer.
- Some comes with sequencer-like function.
- Fancy spectrum/diagram which make your life easier in audio editing (of course if you really understand how stuff works!)
- You will always need to use it beside a sequencer...
- Medium learning curve - Smart man learns in a day. Down man learns in a month...
- Small support community - ya on yar owna, brotha!
= Scorewriter: is software used for creating sheet music. A scorewriter is to music notation what a word processor is to text. (Src: Wiki)
- human playback to make boring MIDI sound great and ability to easily visualize and prepare music for live performance.
- the amount of detail you can add to your scores make it nice
- there are a lot of plugins you can use to your niche
- you can make a score so refined it looks impressive vs. official scores
- in-depth manipulation of the score layout
- Bundled with Garritan Personal Orchestra
- buggy and often has issues with liking to crash.
- playback system is just too tedious.
- clunky and unintuitive
- keyboard input is really competent
- Very hard to spot mistakes made by user.
- Unlike Sibelius, there is no auto corrector.
- awkward placed keyboard shortcut
- Complex and compact workflow that gives fairly experienced user very precise & real time control over the score.
- Has a very useful feature calls Magnetic Layout; which semi-auto correct and cleanup overlapping mistakes run-on-mill that made by the user with quick and functional feature, much better and faster to work with than Finale.
- Big feature in layout design.
- Sibelius goes for a very slick category menu with hierarchic arrangement, such as the score is divided in groups in organic and intuitive ways.
- extremely competent such as coming with adjustable volume, reverb and panning for each tracks.
- Very clunky interface with parts of the graphic such as score notation often overlapping.
- Auto corrector prevents Magnetic Layout users from having as much freedom in customization.
- doesn't come bundle unless you buy it as a bundled edition
- Full version costs $600!!!
2 be continue!