PC or Digital Workstation??? What do you think?

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Member Since: Sep 15, 2004

Well I think I am finally convinced to go the PC route when it comes to setting up my new home studio. Originally, I was going to purchase the Roland VS-2400CD. After some research, I've decided the Edirol UA 1000 (for my external soundcard) and Nuendo by Steinberg (software) would be a better choice. Does this sound like a smart move? Anyone use either Nuendo or the Edirol? Any information you have would be great. I'm new to recording so I'm not sure if I'm making the right choice.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 13, 2004 02:14 pm

Guess it depends on how serious you are gonna take it, Nuendo is a pretty heavy-duty app...There are other great solutions for less money. It appears that Nuendo is starting ina ProTools like direction having more proprietary hardware and such...I may be wrong, but it seems to be starting the trend...

Since: Sep 15, 2004

Oct 13, 2004 02:30 pm

Thanks for your reply.

Yes I've heard that Nuendo is heavy duty. I have a friend who is willing to sell me the app for a drastically reduced price. Honestly thats the only reason why I chose it. My budget is around $400 for recording software. And to answer your question, I take music very seriously and I dont mind spending money as long as I know I'm getting a quality product. Any recommendations for other software packages? Thanks for your help.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 13, 2004 02:48 pm

Well, reselling software is against almost every software makers license agreement for starters...finable by up to $10,000 I believe, and Nuendo if I recall has some serious copy protection and licensing along with it...

But, whatever, besides that, Sonar and Cubase are both very good and there are many other less expensive packages that are very good as well, there are several threads on the subject and a section full of software in "The Gear Bag"

Since: Sep 15, 2004

Oct 13, 2004 03:06 pm

Thanks for your help! And I appreciate the heads up concerning the license agreements. I'll check out Sonar and Cubase (although I'm not sure how to compare other than by price). Will the quality be the same? I'm assuming each of them comes with different plugins for effects and such?

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 13, 2004 05:01 pm

Well, they both have unlimited (or virtually unlimited) number of tracks, both support ASIO, both support DirectX and VST as well as virtual instruments, both have very high quality audio engines...they are very comparible apps in terms of quality. have always found Cakewalk stuff (SOnar) to be easier to use though, but I have heard Cubase has improved it's workflow...

There are very functional cheap apps too, MultitrackStudio ($20 I believe) www.multitrackstudio.com does audio, MIDI, DirectX VST, ASIO etc... and Tracktion from Mackie ($80) is pretty good too, and a very unique, easier to use interface, I have reviewed both in the Product review section of the tips pages...

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Oct 13, 2004 08:11 pm

I get the impression that Neuendo is moving toward the commercial studio theater to challange Pro Tools as well. Pro Tools is a great application for the production studio as it focuses a lot of energy on automation and control surface integration. This is great for optomizing the throughput of a comercial studio (cost containment / competitive rates / time conservation) As far as what dB describes as the audio engines, I can affirm that Cubase SX will produce results that meet and exceed comercialy released material. And if dB states that Sonar is equal in sonic capabilities...believe it! I have stayed with the Cubase line and can not do direct comparison. My reference to Pro Tools is via material comercialy produced with Pro Tools compared with my personal work.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 13, 2004 10:30 pm

I have used Sonar exclusively for years. I also use Cubase and several others as needed, but they are not my main Recording app. Sonar has taken a step beyound the norm with their latest release and it now incorperates everything I would ever need here.

As for audio quality, I have used it commercially for years and never had one complaint about the finished product I turn out.

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