In my cocos2d iPhone app I wanted to have in game music. But I don't want to use garageband! It is just dragging prewritten loops. I wanted to compose the music for my game. Is there software that I can use to write music, such as techno music? Not taking songs that were made by someone else and adding effects.
See my answer about doing game sound in general for a small/one-man team.
List of Digital Audio Workstation software:
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By the way, you're doing it wrong. Garageband is only dragging prewritten loops if you use it that way. It comes with some virtual instruments that you can compose with using MIDI regions (or whatever they're called in Garageband). You can also take those prewritten loops, cut them up inside Garageband or Audacity into different notes and place those accordingly. This is called sampling.
Which one should you use? Whichever one gives you the best results. It's different for everyone. If you want me to recommend a starting point, try out both FL Studio and Renoise and see which one you like better, then you know which category of software to choose from.
Or just find a musician. Seriously. There are TONS of people who want to write game music. And they're usually pretty good, much better than you will be (assuming music composition and production is just a passive interest or hobby for you).
Try abelton live - http://www.ableton.com/
Actually, you can access the musical score in GarageBand and write your own music by positioning notes. There's no need to use only loops.
As of iLife '09, these are the steps for opening the score (they're needlessly complex in my opinion):
- Open a new Loops project.
- Create a new Software Instrument track.
- Command-click in the new track somewhere to get a new empty area, and drag the bottom-right corner of the area to expand it.
- Double-click in the green area. This should bring up a menu from the bottom of the screen.
- Click on Score.
Now you can pick which notes to use and Command-click on the staff to insert notes, rests etc. This seems to work for any Software Instrument, so you could get an entire orchestra going right in GarageBand!
I suggest you use FL Studio. I used it, and it's pretty powerful. A lot of professionals use it as well.
It's an app where you can arrange sounds in patterns, synthetize sounds, import your own, and do a lot more.