Instructions for composers

Most composers will be able to get started creating and notating music by purchasing the items listed on this page.

I personally own a subscription to AVID's Sibelius, and I also own and use FINALE by MAKEMUSIC. I find they are both excellent programs, and I would advise anyone who is interested in the ability to compose, arrange, print, play back scores, save to midi files for importation to DAW programs for production, etc. to explore the different capabilities of these programs before committing to one of them, as the feel of the two programs is different as are the instruments and plug-ins. 

The digital audio interface enables the musician to convert their musical performance into language that the computer can utilize in order to record it as sound and/or to record the notes into any musical notation program such as Finale or Sibelius, for further arranging, composition and production.

You will need a USB-powered audio interface, ideal for anyone needing a cue mix for performing or recording. 

The Ins and Outs you need 

MIDI cabling enables the keyboard to send the digital performance information to the interface for translation for the computer. Many modern keyboards communicate with a built-in USB connection, using a standard USB cable such as used with many other devices. However, most musicians still keep MIDI cabling in their studios for usage with keyboard and other devices since the MIDI (Musical Instrumental Digital Interface) standard of communication is universally used.


You will need a mic boom stand. This will keep the microphone for vocals and instrumentals extended away from the clatter of the keys, and keep it from falling to the floor during rehearsals and performances/recordings. The included cable negates the need to purchase separate mic cabling. Look thru these Live Sound offerings to find the solutions for your personal set-up