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post Jun 27 2008, 10:47 PM
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Hi everybody,

I want to start recording my playing but am somewhat unsure where to start. I have a pod xt live and a pretty powerful PC, I'm also very comfortable with computers, but I have zero idea about recording software. I have been looking online and there is too much information, I find myself looking at software that looks more like it's meant to make trance music than rock music.

I plan on buying some good software I just don't know what software does what. I was thinking of cubase, addictive drums and a bass vst, I have seen these recommended on the forum a fair bit, but likely I will start with Reaper before I start spending real money.

Does anyone have any suggestion on what I need and some good info to learn what does what, ie mixers and all the other fancy interfaces?

I'm sorry about the generalized questions I am just very confused :?

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post Jun 27 2008, 10:50 PM
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tonymiro made a couple tutorials on Reaper. Have a look at those for startes.

A neccessity is drums, like Addictive drums or EZdrummer then you can get started. A small keyboard and a plugin for bass is handy too.


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post Jun 27 2008, 11:04 PM
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Reaper will do everything you need for the forseeable future, so I suggest you spend the extra money on plugins!

I would suggest:

Drums - EZDrummer + a couple of expansions (I think EZD has a better sound than Addictive) - I have just ordered SUperior 2.0, seems incredibly good from the demo video, the next level up from EZD

Bass Plugin - Spectrasonics Trilogy is excellent

Then depending on what you want to do, Native Instruments make some excellent Synths - Massive is cool

If you want strings and such, Garritan Personal Orchestra is a reasonable low end orchestral plugin

And a decent reverb plugin would be good, Wizooverb or SIR (Although Reaper has a couple of decent reverbs already)

Good thing about Reaper is it comes bundled with a lot of stuff for free - if you find you use compressors a lot, pony up for a decent one, if you don't, don't bother - the jury is out on whether or not spending huge amounts on software is worth the money, although in some cases it clearly is, more so for VSTis than effects.

With those basics in place you should be able to tackle quite a few projects!


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Andrew pretty much summed it all up. Reaper EZD (better sound than addictive) and Trilogy are a good way to start.

Also if I may add.. if you don't have MIDI keyboard now, Steinberg Virtual Bassist can do the job nicely for some generic grooves. It also has some nice sounds and effects for bass too, although Trilogy has a lot more quality sound, it doesn't comes bundled with grooves and effect.

For pads, Steinberg has built in Cubase synth VST's that are quite usable for starters - embracer and monologue.


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post Jun 28 2008, 03:18 AM
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I would go with Trilogy and addictive drums,bout EZ and addictive sound great,but it is the matter of choice at the end.Try to hear what sound do you preffer and then choose,also don't forget BFD,witch is an great vst instrument.Siggum did a review on the BFD.So you can look it up.


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Nemanja also has a good point, he is working extensively with Addictive drums and produced some great results. It is all a matter of personal preference in the end and trying both is a good way to start.


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Andrew summed it up very well..Go with the Reaper for recording and than build up VSTs when you need to do other instruments..


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post Jul 1 2008, 02:04 AM
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Thanks for the responses everyone smile.gif
I have ezdrummer and reaper now, plan on trying out a couple of bass vsts and maybe demo some before I buy one, the trilogy one looks pretty cool.
Has anyone tried some of the other guitar modeling software such as guitar rig or amplitude? Is it really necessary at all given I have the POD with gearbox?

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It is not necessary, but I think Guitar Rig has a lot better features. Sound quality is somewhat better, but nothing spectacular (for the price).


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