The Right DAW For The Job
I've had the opportunity to work on a score to video project recently. I've been using Avid Pro Tools 11 for the past year since it's release and have been extremely happy working on pop projects. When it comes to composing and midi production involving more than 50+ tracks, Pro Tools gets a little clunky.
Pro Tools 11
I've been a Pro Tools user since it was Sound Tools as a two track editor. When Pro Tools began to become more midi friendly, around version 6.9, I scored my first feature film with it. To be honest, the score was small and most of the mock up was replaced with live instruments, but Pro Tools did in fact provide the platform that I used to sequence everything. All music was tracked, mixed and delivered in Pro Tools session files all the way to the dub stage. Very efficient.
The Logical Choice
I have used Apple's Logic Pro since it was Emagic Logic version 2 and was available for PC. Logic was one of the first DAWS and always integrated well with midi production and eventually audio recording as well. I have always liked the feel of the Logic sequencer. Logics workflow is efficient, save the inability to arrange the mixer channels freely to organize tracks.
Working With Tyler Perry
After working for Tyler Perry on 6 different plays I can safely say that he is an amazing talent. I watched him build his own market and take it farther than any playwright has to date. As a cast and band, we helped build a brand that initially only Tyler could see. At the end of every show, Tyler would come out in front of the curtain and greet the audience.
After NAMM 2013
I grew up with a father that owned a music store. He was an early member of NAMM and I remember attending the shows with him when they were at the McCormick Place in Chicago. The retail music industry, prior to the big box takeover, was a vibrant and competitive market. Manufacturers that were innovative, usually ruled the show. Technology actually molded the styles of music that were heard. It seems that the 2013 NAMM show was almost like old times. One may have had the impression that the big box model was running it's course and mom and pop were back in the running. The legacy instruments are coming back into the limelight, but digital technology is here to stay and is evolving at light speed. I am happy to see this. Technology is my friend and it allows me to make the music that I make, and even the music I used to make a little better.