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Is anyone experienced with such software? I am looking at Komplete 13 and Halion 6 currently. My purpose is to be able to compose on the pc, using a dp as midi controller. Do any of these offer customizable drum presets? I am open to all suggestions.
I am mainly composing Heavy metal/Prog Metal, but I like to keep my options open, as I like many styles.

I was looking at the Korg Kronos, but the cost is too high, considering I already have a pc and a digital piano.

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For composing and recording you need a DAW not a software instrument app such as Komplete or Halion. You load those into the DAW.

Choose a free DAW (Traktion Waveform free, or Reaper that has a very generous demo version) and watch a ton of YT tutorials (start with the easy ones). Then download free VST plug-ins for the instruments that you want, instead of spending money on Komplete or Halion. You can learn a lot by using free tools, and then spend your money on better instruments after you decide you really need to do it and after you know how to differentiate the gold from the dust.

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If you have a a Mac, I would recommend Logic Pro, it comes with everything you’d need to start making almost any genre of music.


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If you have a a Mac, I would recommend Logic Pro, it comes with everything you’d need to start making almost any genre of music.
Unfortunately I dont own a Mac. Anything similar for Windows?

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The two I mentioned above. Reaper is very powerful with a large community of users and tutorials for everything. Not easy to learn, but that's the price of wanting to be a composer. Then google for free VST plugins. There are some good ones (and a lot of not so good).

Or get cubase elements for around 100 usd and I think it comes with a subset of instruments from halyon (which eventually you will later replace with better ones... That's why I say to save money, try free, get experience, and buy better later...

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Originally Posted by vagfilm
Choose a free DAW...watch a ton of YT tutorials (start with the easy ones). Then download free VST plug-ins for the instruments that you want, instead of spending money on Komplete or Halion. You can learn a lot by using free tools, and then spend your money on better instruments after you decide you really need to do it and after you know how to differentiate the gold from the dust.
+1 on this. Start simple, work your way up to more complex stuff. I like this following channel, she explains everything very well, but there are loads of other great YT channels for music production, covering everything from very simple things, to insanely complicated music production.



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Cubase elements has a discount educational license...

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take vagfilm's advice.

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Since you are on Windows you really should try out Cakewalk by Bandlab. It is free full featured DAW that is constantly being updated. Short story is a really rich person saved the company and really thinks Music Education is important and is making this DAW available for the cost of the download.

https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk

Also a very active forum. https://discuss.cakewalk.com/ The DAW is not a beginners DAW but if you take the time (few months at least) you will be rewarded.

Another thing since you seem to just be getting started is find the money and join the group buy at IK Multimedia now! https://www.ikmultimedia.com/ The Group Buy has been extended to the end of October smile Just make sure you get some version of Sampletank 4. That will have plenty of sounds for you. I double dipped into this Group Buy and right now I have 40 free items to choose from. Sweet! I have nothing to do with the company FYI just passing along a great deal when I see it.

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Also want to add Native Instruments has Kontakt 6 have off that ends today. Start with that and then add Komplete at a later date if needed.

Another item is go to the Cakewalk forum I posted and go to the Deals thread. There folks pass along sales they find on the internet. Great resource IMHO.


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Originally Posted by vagfilm
The two I mentioned above. Reaper is very powerful with a large community of users and tutorials for everything. Not easy to learn, but that's the price of wanting to be a composer. Then google for free VST plugins. There are some good ones (and a lot of not so good).

Or get cubase elements for around 100 usd and I think it comes with a subset of instruments from halyon (which eventually you will later replace with better ones... That's why I say to save money, try free, get experience, and buy better later...
When I replied, for some reason your first post was not visible, I just saw it!

Your advice seems more than logical, thanks.

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Originally Posted by Skropi
Is anyone experienced with such software? I am looking at Komplete 13 and Halion 6 currently. My purpose is to be able to compose on the pc, using a dp as midi controller. Do any of these offer customizable drum presets? I am open to all suggestions.
I am mainly composing Heavy metal/Prog Metal, but I like to keep my options open, as I like many styles.

I was looking at the Korg Kronos, but the cost is too high, considering I already have a pc and a digital piano.

Try Ardour first. If it doesn't work, then shed some money to buy other software.

https://ardour.org/


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I gotta plug pianobook:

https://www.pianobook.co.uk/

Watch vids, instagram, and soundcloud demos to get a feel for the instruments. The DecentSampler and SFZ versions are playable with free software.


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Plug for Mixcraft 9 too. Great DAW for not so much money and good forum too. Reaper is a very efficient DAW but it is more the nerdy get down into the nuts and bolt type of DAW. I never got the hang of it but heck try it as it cost nothing to demo and use it.


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