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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. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
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? :-)