If you are struck between two options, just flip a coin in the air! Not because it solves the problem... but because while the coin is in the air, You will get to know what your heart is really hoping for.
This is my last week on music composition class before the semester ends then we have about 1 month break. My last homework in this semester is to remake the simpsons theme (the homework in week 8) using midi programming.
In week 8, we had to use Sibellius to make the arrangement. It's more like a program to produce a score rather than to make a midi programming. And then the score will be played by the musicians and recorded.
And now we have to use midi programming to make an arrangement. It's tricky because it has to sound as natural as the real one. At least you have to know how to play the instrument. While composing it's important for you to imagine as if it played by the real instrument.
I used Kontakt and Garitan as a sound generator and composing with Logic. I input the note, and then I edited the automation such as modulation and velocity to produce more natural sound and dynamics. I got a tip from my lecturer : You can copy paste the note, then drag it slightly (even almost hard to notice the difference) either forward or backward to produce more natural sound of the instruments.
I think have to practice a lot more to make it sounds more natural. And I had problem to mix it. I don't know why I can't pan and adjust the volume of the instruments. It really piss me out. I'll find out what happen later on.