Originally Posted by Reply
Yes to all the questions except needing a piano keyboard. You can enter the notes by keyboard or mouse. It won't sound very good -- the way these things generally work is by recording a single note for each instrument and then extrapolating the others from that, and there's a certain lifeless, synthetic feel to the music -- but it's better than nothing.
No modern sampler works off a single sample - some samplers that I use have every white note sampled at multiple volumes. Even Soundfonts available for free on the net (played through the free vsti sfz
) contain multiple sampled notes per octave with volume layers, and sound really good. With a good score editor (Sibelius
is considered the best from that point of view, but it is expensive) and decent samples, an orchestral piece will sound pretty good. I like NoteWorthy Composer, but development is pretty slow (considering I purchased it 15 years ago or so), but I use Rosegarden
now, which is Linux only.
Of course, you can pay really big money for commercial orchestral samples (for something like the now discontinued Tascam GigaStudio
, or the Native Instruments Kontact 3