Question regarding Cubase SX, Cakewalk's Sonar & Logic 5

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Member Since: Dec 13, 2004

I am just now starting in the home recording studio arena as anyone may have guessed from this post.
And basically I am curious as to what separates these three applications apart from each other than the obvious price tags.
I have a friend whom is also a newbie at the home recording realm, but has all three apps and his suggestion is that I should get all three apps.
unfortunately like most I don't have the budget that would allow me to acquire all of them.
but I have played around with them on his system and they seem to have similar GUIs and features.
I am sure maybe one might have more features under the hood of the GUI as opposed to the other.
but that's the thing I dunno which direction to go as far what makes one app any better than the other.
and from what I have read on the respected software developers site they seemed to be all listed as multi track music production applications. which is what I need at this point.
if anyone would be able to help me with this dilemma or at least could point me in the right direction to where I can acquire the answer in lame terms, I would greatly appreciate it.
thanks in advance

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Since: Nov 28, 2004

Dec 13, 2004 06:55 pm

I wouldn't go as far get all of them but if can definetly try all of them since your friend has them ask to borrow one at a time then make your choice after that since it's all about personal preference I don't think someone can tell you ok get this it's the best because the next guy will tell you the exact same thing about a different program so my advice is if you have access to all three then try all three and take it from there know what I mean?

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Since: May 10, 2002

Dec 14, 2004 02:39 am

It's tough Mr. Nerve.

I could or would not go to the expense of buying numerous applications to see which one was best. I settled on Cubase. From what I can tell my results are no better / worse from anyone here using different applications, in terms of sonics. For control surface automation I think Pro Tools is still the leader at quite a price tag. As I understand it VST plug-ins and processors are amoung the best so an application that will work well with VST is a good idea. Cubase does a lot. Both in terms of recording and midi. It also has a limited wave editor. It is written at a fairly "low level", which opposite the normal conotations means it lets you get into a lot of fine adjustements. It has a pretty steep learning curve from others from what I gather. It also has some minor stability issues per it's "low level" access to processes. I dig it but I am a little more of a "geek" when it comes to pushing software applications than most folks I have met.

I agree with Renagade. If you can try out applications prior to buying do so. As far as stability of product, I have no crystal ball. They all are being bought and sold constantly like everything else on the planet.

Since: Dec 13, 2004

Dec 14, 2004 01:20 pm

Thank you Both for your invaluable input.
It looks like I very well may get cubase sx for now and hopefully one day in the near future I will be able to pick up the other two.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 14, 2004 01:24 pm

Why on earth would you want or need all three? All three do the exact same thing? Seems extremly wasteful.

I am a Sonar type guy myself, Cubase is really good, Logic I never liked, now that it's Mac only I'll never use anyway...

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