Re: Newbi's question. How do you make a song?

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Posted by John on January 01, 19100 at 21:13:43:

In Reply to: Newbi's question. How do you make a song? posted by Newbi on December 28, 1999 at 13:58:26:

I initial thought your question was silly, but then realized how very important it is!
I guess I'm asking myself that question constantly as I'm caught in this technology maze that requires so much learning time, that I'm hardly making music anymore.

First steps are usually setting up a sequencer (I use Cubase) to be able to record and playback the MIDI stream from the QSR.
Next, I set-up a desired tempo and time signature so I can multi track and overdub midi and audio. I then place bars of midi containing sysEx and other bank or program control change messages before the
beginning of the song and give a few bars waiting period to let the QSR synth complete all edits. I use a click track that I can mute if I don't need it.
Study good sounding GM sequences in your sequencers list edit mode and see how the manipulate "non-note" related data.
Beyond that, your the composer, any order that works is normal! In general, I make templates in Cubase so these things are already to go when inspiration strikes.

: Are there certain steps you have to follow to make a song? Like you make a beat first and melody after that or something like that.

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