[rumori] audio advice

From: Miguel A. Lopez (miguelbotATyahoo.com)
Date: Sat Feb 03 2001 - 03:04:45 PST


Hiya. I'm a lurk on rumori, and I caught some comments you made to a post
regarding digital audio software, and such. I've just recently begun messing
with a quasi-digital studio, and I thought maybe you could help me make some
decisions about software. Think that would be cool?

I guess you could describe my experience with audio as something resembling
alchemy--I've never had formal training, though I'm sort of familiar with
concepts, and, in a sense, know a bit "by having done." That said, I feel as
if I don't know shit. I'm deeply into music, of course, and have pretty
broad tastes; I am even a decent bass player, and have begun messing around
with a guitar, in earnest.

Closer to the point, though, I want to ask you about some software
synths--I'm currently using Fruity Loops, and though I feel that I'm
probably not taking advantage of its feature set, in earnest, I get a
feeling that program is intrinsically limited. I can't seem to be able to
sustain a note effectively. It seems great for programming linear rhythms
and melodies and such, but I can't seem to do much else with it. Ideally,
I'd like a program that has some decent synthesizer functionality, and that
can also serve as a sampler, of sorts. Any suggestions?

I feel sort of strange to impose, but I figure this is what these sorts of
forums are for. If it's a serious inconvenience, in any case, you could also
the fat "delete" button, and there would absolutely no hard feelings.

Miguel Lopez,

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