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post Oct 23 2011, 10:51 AM
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Hey Guys,

I am having a dilemma here. While I have been a die hard Pro Tools fan since I got the Mbox 2 Pro back in 2006, I have been really annoyed of having to put an extra hardware to open and run the software and now while they call it easier, when I add the audio interface, I have to add another key to run it. This is very annoying because I use Macbook Pro and once I use that key, the other USB is unusable, yea thats how big that old usb key is.

Well, I know its the best software out there but I would love to try others that don't require this strict ass rule. I have already spent much, no more for this nonsense verification process. So, I would like to know which softwares are good or better. I want to use them to produce studio quality songs (final mixed versions). I did that before except for vocals and mixing as I didn't have speakers and studio but I do have most of the equipments now and would love to work on my 2nd album.

Guys, please suggest and help me choose!

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post Oct 23 2011, 01:51 PM
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Reaper, mostly cause I find the interface incredibly user friendly. I used ProTools and just wasn't satisfied with it really, don't have the time to invest in it right now.

Although, with PT10 coming out I will want to give that a try.
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post Oct 23 2011, 06:14 PM
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I use Logic Pro and it is really good, I find it easy to use and intuitive


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post Oct 23 2011, 08:09 PM
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Sonar 8 Producer edition,meets all my needs ! smile.gif


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post Oct 23 2011, 10:17 PM
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I used Nuendo/Cubase always and they served me very well, excellent DAWs. Reaper is great too, new version is more streamlined. Under the hood it's still rough on the edges, but at least now it's more pleasant to work with it.


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post Oct 23 2011, 10:52 PM
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We use Sadie but that is probably a non starter for you financially.

Reaper doesn't need a USB key and is fine for most recording/mixing. It has its issues but so does PT, and PT (HD or otherwise) is not a perfect recording/mixing DAW anyway despite what some might say.

To a great extent the ability to produce is a pro quality mix ready for mastering is not dependent on the DAW but on the ability of the engineer and producer and to some extent on the studio. There is a difference between ITB and OTB mixes and I'd be lying to say otherwise: OTB are better. That though is nothing to do with whether the DAW is PT.


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post Oct 24 2011, 02:00 AM
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Cool. Thanks guys. I am looking into Logic Pro now. True tony, its with the person behind it (in everything). After all, its just recording 8 tracks and adjusting levels/pans. Well, at least thats what I do.


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post Oct 24 2011, 04:39 AM
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post Oct 25 2011, 10:24 AM
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Presonus Studio One (v2 just released) is an excellent DAW. The number of users converting from PT, Logic and Cubase tells the story. Few bugs to be fixed in the latest release but that won't take long. Nearly everything is drag-and-drop. Most functions are only a click away, it's very stable and highly intuitive. I can't recommend it enough.


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post Oct 25 2011, 10:43 AM
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post Oct 26 2011, 02:45 AM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Oct 23 2011, 09:00 PM) *
Cool. Thanks guys. I am looking into Logic Pro now. True tony, its with the person behind it (in everything). After all, its just recording 8 tracks and adjusting levels/pans. Well, at least thats what I do.


I"m a big fan of LOGIC PRO as well. It's a seriously full featured DAW. It's APPLE only so PC folks are a bit out of luck. For cross platform stuff, and sharing, REAPER makes life easy. But for your personal project, it's hard to go wrong with LOGIC. The feature set just out of the box is soooo crazy deep. And the content library is just huge. IT's several DVD's to install. Make sure you have plenty of hard drive space.

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post Oct 26 2011, 02:50 AM
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Thats what I am worried about Todd. The whole install looks like 50GB or so. Damn, I don't have that much space. What does all those contents have? Do we really need it?


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post Oct 26 2011, 03:28 AM
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maharzan,

Do yourself a favour and try Presonus Studio One's 30 day demo. Seriously!

Among other things, the main program is only about 83mb. There are a lot of gigs of additional content but little of it is necessary.


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post Oct 26 2011, 08:56 AM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Oct 26 2011, 02:50 AM) *
Thats what I am worried about Todd. The whole install looks like 50GB or so. Damn, I don't have that much space. What does all those contents have? Do we really need it?


Probably not. I'm guessing but most of that is probably stuff like drum loops, audio samples, etc for samplers plus various VSTs and VSTIs. All of those should really be optional and you should be able to omit most/all if you do a custom install. The actual stripped down DAW is likely to be about 100mb.

Nonetheless if you don't install all of the extras then to some extent you've paid for stuff that you won't use and don't need. If that's the case then consider a different DAW.


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post Oct 26 2011, 09:16 AM
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Yep, those 50GBs are probably bundled software from the same (or cooperating) company. I'm guessing that you will have the option to choose what to install during installation.

Similar to this, Cubase and Nuendo new versions are being installed with Hallion One, which is a good solution for those who need all-in-one package and ready to make some music. But, you get an option to leave them out, so you can install your favorite plugs.


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post Oct 27 2011, 05:38 AM
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hey dude, i recommend logic as well, rock solid running on my iMac, it handles heavy processing really good. It has it's flaws but every single day i tried does, so i would go with that one, specially because you do have a mac, i started to use macs just to get logic.

I will check out PT 10 tho, i'm always between pro tools and logic.


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post Oct 27 2011, 06:48 AM
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Cool, So, I installed Logic Pro and seems good. trying to figure out. I probably won't use any additional content so I think when I unchecked all those apps, it came out to be around 800MB which is great. I am just glad I don't have to use an extra hardware.

I will try to compose a song in this and see how it goes. Thank you guys for all your help. smile.gif


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post Oct 27 2011, 07:01 AM
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Cheers mate, let us know how it went smile.gif

BTW, I gotta say that video tutorials helped me a lot when starting with new software. If you can find Logic video tutorials (specially some good ones), it can prove very useful.


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post Oct 27 2011, 07:19 AM
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I have been searching them on YouTube. Did find 2 useful things. How to start in 64-bit/32-bit ( using 32-bit for now) and How to find Addictive drums inside Logic (Jesus, this was so annoying). Have found few other useful ones, looking into shortcuts now. I see Logic has just so many things scattered at so many places. Will take sometime to find everything out.


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post Oct 27 2011, 08:59 AM
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Good luck mate, and keep it simple for creating good music, that's what counts.


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