Which DAW to choose? / Introduction

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Member Since: Oct 20, 2009

What's up guys - I'm new here - came here by the way of Indellable who is a producer who works with the lead singer of my band. We have recently purchased some recording equipment and I'm currently using Ableton Live 7 LE which just isn't cutting it anymore (limits on # of audio effects, tracks, plugins etc) so it's time to upgrade.

I really like how Live has the scene view which is cool to use for doing MIDI stuff (we have an Akai MPD32 which is fun) but I feel like the program was designed for DJs/live electronic performers and not so much for bands. (We play reggae btw - myspace.com/dubcityrenegades - quick plug lol) We have anywhere from 6-8 pieces which seems to be resulting in about 10-16ish different tracks for each song. Currently we're using a MAudio Fast Track Pro which sucks (2 inputs) and have intermittent access to a 8 input Firepod. Macbook Pro running OSX. Shure drum mic kit, and 5-10 random AKG/various mics.

Basically I'm wondering which DAW I should proceed with or do I just upgrade to Live 8? I've been recommended Logic but honestly I don't know the benefits/drawbacks of each and am looking for some advice about which one to choose and any recording advice you guys have. Thanks a lot and these forums kick ***!

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Typo Szar
Since: Jul 04, 2002

Oct 20, 2009 04:37 am

I find that ableton users can transfer to using Sonar or Cubase easier than to logic which seems to have a much more different interface then the two aforementioned DAWs. I use Cubase but i hear its not as strong as Sonar for Midi, so ur doing alot of that then i would check out sonar. Propellerhead, the makers of Reason have just launched Record, which is their new audio DAW, it looks really cool and ofcoures teh function of linking it up with Reason will make it very strong in terms of midi so id definitely check that one out,but its spankin new so maybe they havent ironed out all the kinks. Those r the heavy hitters i guess, Sonar, Cubase, Logic, i dont think u can go wrong with either

Since: Feb 07, 2009

Oct 20, 2009 06:41 pm

I have Ableton 5 which I discovered I hated just after I bought it. I use Presonus's STUDIO ONE, Logic Studio 9 and Cubase 4.5 on my Mac and Sonar Producer 8 and REAPER on my PC - Any of these are nicer IMO than Live - If you're on a Mac have you considered Logic? It's amazing.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 22, 2009 10:12 pm

The problem with Logic is it is not intuitive to someone who has not worked in a full on DAW before. It can be a bit cumbersome to get around in for many. Yes it is a good DAW without question. But looking at something like Sonar 8 gives you the options of fully customizing it to fit your work flow and lets you set up with the tools you use more, not a generic set of tools with the others buried deep in the application.

Cubase as well is good but is really my second choice.

And yes, your description of Ableton is pretty much spot on. It was designed with that exact idea in mind.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Oct 23, 2009 01:51 am

Record looks intriguing, but if I can't use third party plugins, I'm not that interested. Also, I'm not the hugest fan of the propellorhead compression.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 23, 2009 04:32 pm

Ya, I got the free timed release of Record and messed about with it for a little while. I as well didn't like the idea of not being able to use all my plug's in it. But it was a pretty decent app for what it is. Priced about right for what you get. And it was stable as well. Which is more then I can say for some higher priced application's lately.

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