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I'm a hobbyist, but have always had fun composing.
I currently run Sonar x1 ans x2 Studio, VLS SE, Cinematic Strings 2.1, EWQLSO Silver, Kontakt 5, Cinebrass Core and Pro , Hollywood Winds, Dynamic Sound Sampling's Orchestral String FX, misc Westgate Studios stuff, some Embertone stuff, etc.
Biggest influence was probably Basil Poledouris, way back in the day. But I do tend to be influenced by many many artists, from the likes of Christopher Lenertz and Michael Giacchino, to John Williams, to Elfman, to Goldsmith, Horner, John Debney, Bill Brown, Jeremy Soule, Inon Zur, etc.