Best Small Midi Controller for Film Composers

A midi controller is essential for the DIY film composer. You don’t need a huge studio (or huge budget) to add one to your toolkit. There are many small midi controllers that pack a ton of features into a small form factor. In this post, I review my favorites so you can pick the best one for your project.

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Akai Fire Midi Controller Review

The Akai Fire is the first hardware device custom-built for FL Studio. It features a lot of user-friendly integrations that make the DAW experience better. But, it may not be the best tool for a film composer to invest in. Read my full review below.

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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 4: Voicing

This is the fourth part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This fourth installment will focus on finding the core instrumentation for the score, what I call “voicing.”

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Seven Best Music Software Apps for Composers

There are a ton of options when it comes to choosing the best music software available to composers today. It can be overwhelming to choose the “right” one. At the end of the day, the best choice is the software package that allows you to be the most creative. The less barriers between your imagination and the music, the better. And, the best software packages can even inspire you to try new things and compose music that is truly unique.

**UPDATED June 2019 to reflect new versions and features of the software**

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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 3: Attack Plan

This is the third part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This third part will go through the initial script breakdown, and we’ll build an initial attack plan for the cues needed.

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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 2: Inspiration

This is the second part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This second part will take you through my process for collecting and cultivating inspiration specific to this project.

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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 1: The Project

This is the first part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This first part will introduce the project specifics and lay out the details I considered before deciding to tackling it.

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New Film Project in the Works

DIY Film Composer will go on a brief hiatus for the next few weeks as I work on a new film project.

I am composing the music for a short film that is slated to get a festival premiere in the spring. As I craft the score, I plan on documenting every step along the way. Then I will share the experience here in a series of in-depth DIY posts that walk through the entire process. Hopefully you’ll be able to learn from my workflow (and my missteps).

Stay tuned, great things are coming!