Sometimes my posts won’t make any sense at all.

Cubase 5.
VST Instruments.
Halion Symphonic Orchestra.

Lack of cooperation from the things mentioned above leads to:
Maximum Frustration (Yes that’s a Crysis reference, for those of you gamers reading this).

Following Up

Following up on the previous post, I’m trying my best to learn how to use Cubase. More specifically, these things:

1. How to compose using Cubase and my MIDI Keyboard.
2. How to import my compositions from Finale and assign instruments to each track so that I end up with a realistic sounding ensemble.

That said, I need all the help I can get right now, because I’m having a very difficult time figuring out these things. I’ve spent hours reading manuals, looking at online forums, tutorials and such. Anybody who can help out there?

On an unrelated note, a beautiful song that our band played last year:

A song that means a lot to me because it reminds me of someone special, who had a very special role in playing this song in our band.


I’m going to take the time now to list my abilities and priorities, because I realized I simply can’t have my own recording studio, write music, produce for a friend’s band, and learn film scoring all at once. So:

I have the most experience with writing music itself. Composing with pencil, paper, and later with my computer, MIDI Keyboard and Finale is something that I’ve been doing for years.

With that in mind, my priority is to, of course, write original music. However, when I write for my preferred ensembles (concert band, symphony orchestra), it’s difficult to have it played because of the lack of my “personal orchestra.” Hence, my necessity of some sort of software to synthesize and make my music sound realistic without the need for a live recording of an orchestra. That’s where Cubase comes in.

Ideally, that would be my top priority: learning to use Cubase for the purpose of synthesizing my compositions. However, Cubase is simply so powerful that there are so many other things I’d like to do, such as compose right on the software itself instead of importing from Finale, or matching my scores to film. Hopefully I’ll get to those things in time to help a friend out with his movie project by scoring his film.