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A Million Little Pieces Of My Mind

How to Compose, Arrange, and Record Music

By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 7/22/2024
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Topics: #Music #Recording
All you need to know to produce your own album!

Putting together an original album takes a lot of work, of course. To create a decent product takes a number of very different skills. The artist/producer must be able to compose music, create MIDI files of that music, and render studio-quality audio files of that music. Singing may also be required. And then there's mixing the various audio tracks to produce a final product, not to mention artwork for the album cover, prose for the album jacket, and a thick skin—because not everyone will adore your result.

The articles listed below I hope will serve as introductory information to get you started!

MIDI Composition

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/1/1998
Updated: 8/28/2017
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Topics: #MIDI #Composition #Music
How to compose music using MIDI, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

The first thing you need is something to play/compose the music on. This will be a musical instrument with a MIDI connection. MIDI stands for "Musical Instrument Digital Interface". It is a jack (or, more likely, a pair of jacks) usually located in an unobtrusive spot on the instrument. The most common MIDI instruments are keyboards. These are the modern evolution of the old electronic organs people used to buy. They can mimic upwards of one hundred different musical instruments, ranging from the obvious (piano and organ) to the non-obvious (guitar and guitar fret noises, string sections and horns) to the exotic (sitar, bird tweets, bottle flutes). Depending on the quality (and age) of the digital keyboard, the instruments may sound phony or uncannily realistic.

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