Re: Methods of Creation / Setup

Subject: Re: Methods of Creation / Setup
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Sun Sep 18 2005 - 12:14:49 EDT

My setup is 2 notebooks, one Windows XP Home Edition, one Fedora Core 1 Linux. Audio output is USB to M-Audio Duo, to Mackie HR 824 monitors or Alesis Monitor Ones.

I do no live performance, no overdubbing, play no instrument, record no natural sounds (so far). I exclusively do algorithmic composition. I use CsoundVST via Python and compose pieces by writing Python programs that generate scores and run Csound.

I have a single Csound orchestra with a bunch of instruments that I have built up over the years, which are wired into a large virtual mixer bus in Csound. I make arrangements by assinging instruments in the score to instruments in the orchestra, then adjusting levels, effects, etc. as one might do in a final mix in a studio.

I listen to finished pieces in a sound editor such as Audacity. Every piece I do is rendered at 96 KHz to float soundfiles, and the version of CsoundVST I used is compiled to use double samples.

Everything that I do can be done with free software on a normal PC in a small project studio. It's not a capital intensive operation, but the sound I get is pretty good I think.


-----Original Message-----
From: Morgan Sutherland <>
Sent: Sep 17, 2005 11:07 PM
Subject: Methods of Creation / Setup

Seeing as I'm going to be embarking on this music journey (for those
not in the know, I'm taking a self directed class at school focusing
on DSP processing) I'm going to have to make some decisions.

For a good part of the year I'll probably be spending time reading The
Computer Music Tutorial and playing around with Soundhack and
Argeiphontes Lyre and other similar software, but eventually I'm going
to have to start actually making some music. This poses the question,
how will I do it? What will my work flow look like? What will be the
source of my audio?

My setup has never been oriented towards electoacoustic music, so it
would be helpful to me if you offered some ideas. What is your setup
like? Your work flow? What equipment do you use. What would you

There's always the possibility that I could just do what feels
natural, or try a number of things and pick the one I like the most.


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