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Obviously, I had to be generic with the first question - just covering classical strings would've taken a poll by itself, otherwise. =:D

Poll #1033531 Musicality!

Which instrument families do you currently play?

Keyboard
3(10.7%)
Guitar
2(7.1%)
Woodwind
1(3.6%)
String
2(7.1%)
Voice
1(3.6%)
Brass
0(0.0%)
Drums
1(3.6%)
None
3(10.7%)
I'm just curious
0(0.0%)
Other (tell us!)
3(10.7%)

You..

make a living this way
1(3.8%)
have been paid for your talents
3(11.5%)
simply enjoy noodling around
22(84.6%)

In the electronic realm, you use - for fun or professionally -

Logic (Express or Pro)
0(0.0%)
Reason
0(0.0%)
Garageband
2(9.5%)
Cubase
0(0.0%)
Fruity Loops
0(0.0%)
Digital Performer
0(0.0%)
Sibelius
1(4.8%)
Reaktor
0(0.0%)
Absynth
0(0.0%)
Dimension Pro
0(0.0%)
Any Vienna Symphonic Library series
0(0.0%)
EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra
0(0.0%)
Other EastWest libraries
0(0.0%)
ProTools (any variety)
0(0.0%)
Other
6(28.6%)


Needless to say, if you want to link to anything you've done, go for it. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Software I have used that is no longer viable includes Deluxe Music (Amiga), Dr. T (Amiga and PC), and Copyist (Windows). I presently use LilyPond on Linux.
Is there an "I wish" or "I've been meaning to get back to it" category?
You've just made one. =:D

If you're thinking along the keyboard line, I'd recommend something cheap'n'cheerful like the M-Audio Keystation 49e, for around $100 - nothing amazing (I'm sure pro keyboards are weighted much more interestingly, but they're also not $100 =:), but good.

I also use Ableton Live and Band-in-a-Box.

I do miss the days of ProTools Free!

When people ask what I play, aside from voice, I tell them "computer". Any composing I do is strictly vocal or digital.

Now, do you have anything to share, musically speaking?

Oh, and I have been paid, but so little and so long ago...
Ahh, Ableton! I knew I'd forget an obvious one. I suppose it slipped out of consciousness as they're unfortunately good with preventing unpaid users. Which means, at the end of it, not so many Albeton users. Seems a little counterproductive on all fronts, but there we go. ^_^

I do wonder what PT's really like - but Digidesign ceded most of that ground to other comers long ago. Would it really that much better than just continuing to enjoy Logic Express and Reason? It seems like a company that's determined to follow the SGI example - be a justified leader, fritter it away, try clinging onto the upper pro market, and then hope.

Me? Hee! Sadly, not yet. Composing's a difficult proposition indeed - with the Horde™ around, it's only rarely possible to let one's thoughts explore the prevailing sonic reality safely. Most of the time, it's more a matter of trying to drown this lot out. *sigh* Very wearing, but so it goes.

I suspect the only way I'll make any progress is to accept having to use a virtual keyboard, and try noodling around out in the park - not ideal, but maybe a more enjoyable option than hoping for spontaneous peacefulness. ^_^

I do wonder what PT's really like - but Digidesign ceded most of that ground to other comers long ago. Would it really that much better than just continuing to enjoy Logic Express and Reason? It seems like a company that's determined to follow the SGI example - be a justified leader, fritter it away, try clinging onto the upper pro market, and then hope.

The high-end market pays pretty well, actually. We're selling $60k+ mixing boards and $150k live sound boards as fast as we can make them. We bought out M-Audio about three years ago, and make a few flavors of PT for the mid- and low-range market. Digidesign has always done pretty well, and is growing just fine. (Avid still needs some work, which is why our stock price is kind of down right now.)
Max/MSP
Gack! How could I forget such a worthy, erstwhile framework, much less one significantly responsible for This Binary Universe?
Well, it is kind of a geeky underground app. :-)
This is something I've always had a distant interest in trying - I'm a really sloppy keyboardist who doesn't play anything entertaining - but I've never known what software to try. Ten years ago I fiddled with Cakewalk and found it incredibly user-unfriendly. I've got an ancient Yamaha synth in my closet that has an old, clunky midi interface I got to work once, largely through luck - I don't know if my current sound card would even support it.

My friends and I used to jam a lot in our late teens, some of which was on piano or synthesizer, but I'm not sure I want to subjugate you to clips.

So what would you suggest as a good, hopefully freeware, user-friendly composing tool on a PC for a complete n00b? :-)
Only instrument I can play well is the handbells. Does that count as a Brass instrument? I've never been paid money for it, but I got course credit for it in high school.
No, that'd be percussion. "Brass" usually referrs to brasswinds...
I'm really very good at whistling, and I played around with Modplug Tracker before.

I have an alto recorder I was trying to learn how to play, but I didn't like it. It's very hard to do the fingering right, and the whole 'alto' part was wrong. I need an instrument an octave or two lower than that.
On an entirely side note, I gotta ask you about something I think I saw on your LJ a while back....bunny boi lube I think it was?
This is actually so strange to see. I used to play the piano rather well, since I have that acute musical hearing. But, I was taught by my father and because of that, I got discouraged rather quickly. I played once in a full auditorium... I think I played Fur Elise.

So, given time, I could get back in the groove of reading notes and so on so forth.
Percussion.

I massively suck at bells/xylophone/marimba (in percussion "bells" keys are metal, "xylophone" keys are generally wood, otherwise basically the same instrument), can somewhat play tympani (if someone else tunes it for me, I suck at that too), and I'm alright at drumset, but I'm great on just the snare drum by itself.
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