The Music Writing Software I use: the sequencer.

The center piece for composing is the sequencer. This is like a second brain or the extension of it. And my preferred application is Logic Audio now Logic Pro 7.

                                 Apple Logic Pro 7
                                  Apple Logic Pro 7

 

Part 1: inputing notes

As you may know, a sequencer is an application that record midi or audio data in a grid consisting of vertical tracks versus horizontal time. Then every events can be manipulated to any extend with great precision. Some editors windows like midi data, piano roll, notation, mixer etc are commonly founded in every sequencer application.

Inputting a performance in a musical way is of prime importance. It is playing the computer as we do like playing a musical instrument.  I need to input all the parameters imputable to musicality and in real time. This means volume modulation, variation of attacks, timbre changes for example. The unique flexibility that Logic Audio procures with the midi filters in the environment are priceless.

Having an academic formation, I rely on notes and traditional way of writing music. Although this modern tool allow me to improvise a lot, I like very much the ability to see the notes I am playing in real time appearing on the screen. This is terrific. And at the same time I can see the other parts and am able to harmonize in real time. The ear and the eyes are feeding the brain and the inspiration can come much easier. Logic Audio permits that.

Another strong point is the screen shot. Every midi parameter can be edited afterward and the screenshot arrangement can be adjusted to each tasks. Correcting the few imprecision of a take can be done easily within custom arrangement of the editors windows.

These are some of the strong points about Logic Audio regarding recording and editing midi data.