I thought that I would share what types of instruments, software, and other equipment I use for music.
Yamaha 575 “Allegro” alto saxophone – It is technically an intermediate-advanced instrument, but it plays just as well as a Custom EX does, and it costs about 500 – $1,000 dollars less.
- I use the S80 Selmer C* mouthpiece with a Rovner rubber inverted ligature.
- For my reeds, I use the traditional Vandoren Blue Box reeds, strength 3.
Yamaha 675 soprano saxophone – This is a professional soprano saxophone. It looks beautiful and sounds amazing.Casio CTK-4200 electronic keyboard – This keyboard sits on my desk and serves as a reference for composing. Whenever I need to pluck out ideas, I turn my office chair to the left and play my keyboard. It does not have all 88 keys, but it does have 60 of them. It has 600 instrument patches and can record and sample patches on its own. It has midi connectivity capabilities.
My alto saxophone
My soprano saxophone
My midi keyboard
Software Finale 2012 – My notation software. Finale is very powerful. Coupled with the Garritan library and Human Playback, it can make some very pleasing sounds as well.Home Studio (Cakewalk) – This is a sequencer that I have used for a long time. Currently, I am trying to wean myself off of it and use solely Finale for composing.MuseScore – This is a notation program I used to use before I got Finale. The best thing about MuseScore is that it is free, so if you aren’t willing to shell out $600 for Finale, this is the best alternative.
An example of Finale, showing a current project of mine.