Best Recording Software?

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Cheese
Member Since: Jul 21, 2004

I used to use Cakewalk (a VERY old version) to record mt tracks. I am updating within the next month.

I am very interested in 3 specific software programs:

-Reason 2.5
-Cubase VST
-Cakewalk Sonar 2

Which of these do you guys use? If you have another suggestion post it.

I am new to the board :) VERY EXCITED!

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Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jul 21, 2004 02:32 pm

I use Sonar 3 and MultitrackStudio.

I hate it when people ask "what's the best" as there is no "best" there is only preference.

Cheese
Member
Since: Jul 21, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:35 pm

ahhhh. sorry I meant preference :)

the cakewalk version I have STINKS. It only allowed me to record 4 consecutive tracks at once.

I was just curious what people generally use.

Thanks for your answer.

Lost for words with all to say.
Contributor
Since: Sep 12, 2003


Jul 21, 2004 02:35 pm

I second the Sonar 3, I love it.

Welcome to HRC!

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:38 pm

Ya know I have to chime in . . .

I've been using N-Track for a few years and am very happy with it. Small footprint, easy interface and small learning curve.

There's lots of users who have used cubase and cakewalk and switched to N-Track and won't go back. Good support, good user base and cheap too.

www.fasoft.com

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:39 pm

there we go again, stepping on each other . . .

Lost for words with all to say.
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Since: Sep 12, 2003


Jul 21, 2004 02:40 pm

Holy crap, I just noticed that N-Track has a 20 band ParEQ. Do you like this pjk? I'm thinking about trying that!

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jul 21, 2004 02:40 pm

There are lots of options, Mackie markets an app called Tracktion that I got to check out a while back www.homerecordingconnecti...tory&id=362 MultitrackStudio is quite cool www.homerecordingconnecti...tory&id=380

If you don't need MIDI Kristal is pretty neat (and free) www.homerecordingconnecti...tory&id=350 as is Cakewalk Guitar Tracks www.homerecordingconnecti...tory&id=369

A few people here use n-Track, which I had some issues with and really didn't like, but many like it so I can't not mention it www.homerecordingconnecti...tory&id=352 While reviewing it I tried to talk to the author about them and he never responded to me which spoke more to me than anything.

So, there is a lot more than Cubase, Pro Tools, Sonar and the other more common names

Cheese
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Since: Jul 21, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:41 pm

thanks pjk. I'm going to look into N-track.

Cheese
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Since: Jul 21, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:44 pm

AWSOME dB!!!! THANKS!

I never really paid attention to the software until recently...that might explain my small knowledge of recording software.

I am in Canada, so a lot of times I have to get the less-popular software shipped to me. Usually when I go into music shops, I see the regulars you mentioned.

thanks again.

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jul 21, 2004 02:46 pm

or, you just download them right when you pay for them and never have to walk into a store or wait for anything in the mail, that is what MultitrackStudio does as well as ntrack and other shareware type apps, MTS has proven to me to be a very worthy app. Personally, as far as the lesser known shareware goes, I think MTS takes the prize, but some would argue.

Welcome to HRC, keep your hands and feet inside the car at all time, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

Hello!
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Since: Jan 12, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:48 pm

Cubase...I use and love!

Tried Cakewalk Sonar...it was good. I still have the old C/Walk Pro Audio 9.

But Cubase SX is the one for me...

Again tis all preference tho.

Coco

Cheese
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Since: Jul 21, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:50 pm

^^^^
haha. you guys are great and a big help.

I am glad to be apart of HRC.

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:52 pm

I figured you had something floating around dB. That would throw me off as well.

I've needed a license number (twice =P) and the author/support has gotten back to me in around a day. Others have had mixed results, but mostly I've heard it's better than some of the other offers out there. Of course ymmv.

Chex:

I've been using the eq much lately as i'm trying to finish mixing / pre-mastering a song my sister and I did a few weeks ago. So far I've gotten up to using 8 bands on the EQ (i'm still learning what's what with it).

The only beef about the eq that comes with N-Track is that you can't move it around in the signal chain. But for free (comes with the software along with useable reverb, echo, chorus and some others) I've found it very useful.

Cheese
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Since: Jul 21, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 02:57 pm

What do you by you cant move it around in a signal chain? As in what you record cannot be cut and paste in the same wave chain?

Am I saying that correctly?

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jul 21, 2004 03:01 pm

I saw a lot of potential when working with n-track, and while I was complimenting him he was responding VERY quickly, like hours...but the very first time I had an issue I wanted to ask about I got no response, tried later with two other issues and never got responses from that either. Still have not to this day. He gave me two licenses for review purposes, he know I was reviewing the app for publication and I plainly stated that I was wanted to see if I could get the problem resolved before releasing any review (I ALWAYS be as fair and objective as I can when reviewing to be honest to HRC members and fair to the manufacturer) but he still never responded.

I found that very odd...and very disappointing, actually. But, all that said, read the review, there is a lot I see good in it too.

And as far as signal chains go, Tracktion has, bar none, the superior signal chain management features of any app I have ever worked with anywhere...

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 03:12 pm

Seems quirky indeed. I agree that seems to be bad form if he didn't feel compelled to work with you. Tho it could have been other reasons (benefit of the doubt coming into play here) Especially since you've such a large potential audience here.

Anywho,

EQ is parked in the signal chain, I mean that if I purchase a (or grab a freebie) eq from some other company, it'll be a plug-in, so I can install the plugin on a certain channel before anything else, after reverb, after chorus, or whatever have you. The one in N-track will work on each individual channel independantly, but it only lives (i think) at the beginning of the signal chain, before any other effects. So I couldn't put the EQ after the reverb as some people may want to do.

(I could be wrong about some of the above details, but I think I'm on the right track)

dB, you're going to get me to try out MTS and tracktion one of these days =)

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 03:15 pm

Quote:
As in what you record cannot be cut and paste in the same wave chain


No, I do this all the time in N-Track

Cheese
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Since: Jul 21, 2004


Jul 21, 2004 03:28 pm

ohhhhh i understand. I got confused :)

Thanks for clearing that up.

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Since: May 30, 2002


Jul 21, 2004 05:42 pm

Just to add my two cents, I use Cakewalk's SONAR 3 and I love it. Before that I used Cool Edit Pro which was also pretty good but I'm happy I moved up to Cakewalk.

...bringing sexy back
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Since: Jul 01, 2002


Jul 21, 2004 05:50 pm

i LOVE cubase...

Member
Since: Jun 15, 2004


Jul 22, 2004 11:37 am

Hmm...
Cubase Sx for me (could not get away since Atari days)
and in the Studio Nuendo
I might be just too lazy to switch but on the other side never felt a need to.

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


Jul 22, 2004 12:48 pm

JSYK
As far as I know you can't record wav files into Reason, though you can sequence existing wavs.

Cheese
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Since: Jul 21, 2004


Jul 22, 2004 12:49 pm

^^^^
Really?!?! That would seriously suck...oh well, I guess no reason.

...bringing sexy back
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Since: Jul 01, 2002


Jul 24, 2004 10:21 am

what does reason use then?

Member
Since: Aug 28, 2011


Aug 28, 2011 10:19 pm

See this post about music production software.

homestudio-recording.blogspot.com/


:)

Typo Szar
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Since: Jul 04, 2002


Aug 29, 2011 03:46 am

just btw, Propellerhead, which produces Reason, has a DAW called Record, which is fully integratable with Reason, giving u all the plugins and processing of Reason with the ability to record and manipulate audio just like any other DAW (reviews are nonetheless not stellar, but eye of the beholder eh?)

I use Cubase SX3 but im thinking of uprading to Pro Tools now that it can be used on PC. I find that the mixdown algorithm for this particular version of Cubase is somehow faulted, dont know if its just me but it sounds like the mixdowns dont sound exactly teh same as when ur still in the program, while mixdowns ive heard from PT sound exactly the same.

Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
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Aug 29, 2011 01:49 pm

Seven years later?!? lol

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Aug 29, 2011 03:43 pm

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