lots of people use fruityloops which is shareware and has a free version.
I don’t because all those piano roll midi programs confuse the crap out of me, I need an analoge sheet music score!!
for that reason I use Myriad melody assistant which is also cheap but very good shareware.
the demo does everything, you just cannot export to wav or mp3 like most demos
you basicly drag and drop notes, rests etc onto the stave and yes, it plays it for you!
AND virtual singer will sing it for you!!
there are other score based programs but this is the most comprehensive one I have found which is why I bought it.
best try the demo and others and find what works for you, drums often better in dedicated programs, I have many freeware music programs I install and uninstall frequently for different things, cnet has heaps!!
I mix and composite stuff in Audacity rather than have a program that does it all.
main thing for most is if they save to midi.
if it does and reads midi you can move from one program to the next.
you do not need to buy the virtual singer, I did because I use it a lot but just closeing and reopening the the program sets it trial period back to zero, myriad even tells you this in their VERY COMPREHENSIVE manual!!!
yes Daz, they have a manual!
and a bloody good one!!! http://www.myriad-online.com/en/index.htm
well I only have melody assistant so do not know, does what I want.
and is cheaper!!
I think harmony assistant creates harmonic notes, chords for your tune, I can do that anyway as I write my own music and my chords and arrangenents are uniquely mine, not computer generated.
I like to add my own stamp to stuff, not have a press make art button.
but would be good for someone who cannot create it themself.
me, personally, not many,I pretty much just use Melody assistant! have tried lots
would have to go though all my saved exe files to tell you as I mostly uninstall stuff, plently there, got about 10 dongles of crap!!
You might want to check out Reaper (http://www.reaper.fm/). It has a demo, and the price is very reasonable. If you need software instruments to use with it (or any other recording software), visit http://www.kvraudio.com It ha.s a very comprehensive list of freeware, shareware, and payware.
yes Jacob, just click where you want, I really meant that rather than drag, not reall good with my mouse terminology, you click back up on notes etc as you change them.
I have heard of Reaper, like I said LOTS of freeware and share out there, just search on cnet, this is just the program I personally like and feel comfortable with.
I want to get Sonar Cakewalk one day too, heard lots of good things about it.