Music advice for a MIDI newb?

I've decided that I want to get into making music for Doom. This is partly for enjoyment, but I also want to use it in order to enter a music course at a polytechnic. What is a good program to start getting into making MIDIs? A free program would be preferable, but I'm not overly fussy about it. :)

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Your choices are pretty limited as it is. Just use Anvil Studio.

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Sekaiju is a better choice than Anvil Studio. Both have their issues, but Anvil Studio is far clunkier and more difficult to make sense of in my experience.

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Where is Jimmy91 when you need him?

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Right here. :P

To be honest, my weapon of choice, Cakewalk Express 3.02, a program that came on a 3.5 floppy with our first Pentium PC, which is about as old as me and hardly exists anymore, probably won't help him much...

I would argue against using Anvil Studio, however. Tried it once and went screaming back to Cakewalk in less than 5 minutes. Haven't tried the program Essel suggested but it seems to be a comparatively simple solution.

I could offer some advice on the musical side of things, though. :)

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finale, sibelius, are great composition tools. sequencing in logic is doable. personally I use an old os x program called 'EasyBeat'. It doesn't run on anything after 10.6, but I wouldn't trade it for anything

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FL Studio is a really good MIDI making program as well. Even though it's a demo, it has all the functions except saving.

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It's not cheap and it's Mac only, so this might not help but I do all of my MIDI in Logic Pro. It takes a bit to set up a GM project and instruments, but you can do so much with it.

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