There are various kinds of quality music gear in the market. However, the efficiency of the music gear can be judged only by the musician who uses it.
Let's start with a Midi sequencer. Be sure to invest in a MIDI sequencer that is loaded with multiple features. There is no substitute for the user friendliness of a top of the line sequencer. This is one area where a compromise may prevent you from reaching the heights.
Music power is the ability to translate the music you feel into sequences. If your sequencer makes it hard to do something, chances are there that you won't try in the heat of creation. The easier functions are, the more likely you are to use them.
After you have invested in a good sequencer, learn the basic functions of it. This is the basic fact you must master. If you have not done your homework so far, you should not be wasting anymore time. Please keep in mind that hi-end sequencers take time to master and have a steep learning curve. The joy of making your own music is the payoff, and it is worth every minute you spend figuring things out. All sequencers have their own internal logic. It's important to find out which sequencer will be easily manageable by you.
Familiarize yourself with the major key commands like REC, STOP, PAUSE, and START. If you are using the MIDI on computer, avoid using mouse as it slows down the entire MIDI. Figure out the fastest way to make a new track and define an instrument. Speed and intuitiveness is everything. As a composer or programer you should not be wasting time looking for functions in the menu while you are on the job.
It is again important to know what you are looking for. The difference between a great sequence and a ho-hum one is quality. You have to work towards this realm. Quality occurs when you work your sequences with mixers, controllers, effects, program changes and every element suddenly locks together to make a unified image and statement. The latest music gear are designed for this purpose, to help you attain quality. If you are still not too sure the best way is to ask yourself what can be a better output.
While arranging or composing music it is important that you enjoy what you do. The tediousness can drive you as a musician to boredom and then probably deprive yourself of creativity. You should know that if it is fun to record it is also fun to listen to. Music is a form of art that helps in relaxing. Thus, those working on it should enjoy it to the maximum.