Scoring software with more than MIDI

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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:23 pm

Does anyone know some good scoring software that can basically take a MIDI and use a bunch of samples to make it sound a whole load better? I've got sibelius which is great for scoring, but MIDI sounds pretty basic. I know software out there exists which can take a score and substitute in real recordings of an orchestra and such to make it sound pretty close to the real thing - but I don't know what any of those programs are called or where to find them. Ideas anyone?
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:58 pm

I used to use Modplug. Haven't tried it in years, but it does basically what you're describing via .mod, .s3m, etc.

http://www.modplug.com/
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:48 pm

I use "Reason." It precisely fits your description. It's a pricey thing, and the only reason I was able to obtain a copy for myself was through college discounts.

PM a link to one of the midis in question, and I'll quickly run it through Reason for you to decide for yourself. :)

EDIT: Oh, and here's their official site. http://www.propellerheads.se/
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:52 pm

I would mention garageband, but you need a mac. Works great, tho.
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:58 pm

The problem with garageband and modplug are that at the end of the day, they're still nothing more than midi. Modplug comes close, but it stops short of applying acoustics calculations and is severely limited to .mod and .mid standards. Same with Fruityloops (or whatever it's called). They all rely primarily on (though rather good) procedural sample creation, while Reason takes the soundfont concept and pumps steroids into its veins.

Seriously, send a midi my way and I can have a rough cut for you in very little time.
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:21 pm

Check yer email!
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:35 pm

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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:13 pm

[quote="CaptainOblivious":21qk95pr]Modplug ... and is severely limited to .mod and .mid standards.[/quote:21qk95pr]

Actually Modplug can export Wave (which can be converted to MP3 with the free program Audacity) or MP3 (if you have some sort of encoder). Also, the samples used to make the music can be imported from wave sound files (so they can be as realistic as you want), but im sure Reason is a better program...
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:15 pm

Anything can be exported to wav/mp3. I was talking about the quality, which wav file imports do not begin to address. WAVs < SoundFonts < Reason Soundbanks.
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Post » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:48 pm

Check your E-mail, Ash.
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