For a student piece, i'm creating some classical music; think of the cheesy, bombastic hollywood scores.
Obviously i'm not going to get anywhere near that quality, but i'm just after a piece of software (for mac) where I have a bank of instruments (harps, string sets, basoons etc) and can compose away. I've used the piano roll in fruity loops in the past - can I assume that most composition software operates in this way too? Software with a trial version is preferred.
Would garage band suffice, and if so, can anyone set me on the path to finding instrument packs (free is preferred, not too concerned of a quality compromise in this instance).
I've no real grounding in music theory, so composing by notation is out - I just think of a tune in my head, find the relevant note, and continue from there... which is why the FL piano roll was great. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.