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Musicman65
post Jun 26 2013, 03:06 AM
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I'm new to the forums and this site and am really digging the discussion and lesson content. There seems to be something for everyone here!

My question to everyone: As individual practicing musicians, what Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software are you using and why? Many audio interfaces are bundled with limited versions of popular DAWs which is great. To me, the quality and capability of the software is just as important as the quality of the hardware it is bundled with.

FYI, I just purchased a Scarlet 18i8 interface and use it with Reaper software. I like Reaper because it is very efficiently designed allowing it to run on lower powered laptops and older computers yet has all the features I was using in Cubase. The install routine is only 9 MB in size! That in itself isn't important but is a testament to the incredibly tight coding. The software launches in 3 seconds on an i5. Cubase took 45 seconds in comparison. I also like that tracks can be set to record directly in ogg-vorbis, mp3, or several other formats to save disk space when recording live 4 hour gigs. The trial version has no limits and doesn't time out....and its 60 bucks to license for non-commercial (not making a profit) use.The more I use it, the more I apreciate the quality and pure efficiency of Reaper. My mobile rig is Reaper and my home studio is still Cubase but probably not for long.

Anyways, I'm sure there are other great options I'd love to hear about!

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Todd Simpson
post Jun 26 2013, 03:32 AM
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Reaper is a great choice since it's free to download, most folks have a copy of it or can grab it easy if they don't, so it's great for being able to share a project via the web. smile.gif Not to mention it's cross platform so Mac and PC folks are good. TONS of folks here use Reaper so your in good shape smile.gif

Some folks have a second or third DAW and it's usually something like LOGIC PRO (macintosh) or PRO TOOLS light/le, SONAR, etc. But the main meeting ground seems to be reaper.

The common thread on drum plugins is pretty much EZ DRUMMER with the Drums from hell and or Metal Machine add on.

As for DAWS, it run's pretty far and wide but pretty much any of the scarlet interfaces are going to perform well and sound great so good call there smile.gif


As for other plugins, AMPLITUDE is popular since it's basic version is free, as is GUITAR RIG for the same reason. I"ve fallen in love with OVERLOUD TH2 of late and some folks have started using that as well since I share my presets with each lesson.

So the good news is it's a pretty short list of software and most of it reasonable in price. smile.gif

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post Jun 26 2013, 04:00 PM
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A few hours ago i installed OVERLOUD TH2 on mac and i can say i am impressed rolleyes.gif !

Just got the 14 day demo right now - installation no problem on mac , like plug and play - factory settings very useful for me

and fits all of my basic taste.

Fine/Own settings easy changed and saved under User settings, so far after a few hours of testing -

Sound is brilliant , yes !

I will test much as possible next days and looking forward to buy the license smile.gif







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Bogdan Radovic
post Jun 26 2013, 09:05 PM
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I use Cubase 5 as my main DAW. Its just that I got so much used to it and know my way around so that I can't imagine working in other environment. I think that one should really take time to learn the DAW software, just like a piece of gear like a stompbox pedal. I find that optimizing my recording routine is a must as for me it just kills the creativity if I have to click on 100x buttons and connect tons of cables just to record a simple lick or something.

Tried a bit Logic and Pro Tools but never clicked with it. If I had to choose alternative DAW, I would go with Reaper. It is just awesome and I used it a bit when recording on Mac. Feels simple enough to learn and yes - it is really light. The trial on it amazing as well as you can try it out in details before deciding if you'd like to buy it.

Is is amazing how technology is advancing and how one can basically record music on laptop and do get "professional studio" quality results if done well (depending on what source is being recorded and how exactly smile.gif )


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post Jun 26 2013, 09:35 PM
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Can't beat reaper smile.gif my dream daw is samplitude though smile.gif


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post Jun 27 2013, 02:52 AM
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I use Reaper. With any software of any kind I try to start cheap (as in free) and learn what I need out of the kind of software I'm using, and any limitations I or it has. Unlike some things, I have not gotten to a point where I wish it did something more. It does everything I need, and I know I don't know how to use it completely. I will say though I am not a professional, and Reaper is the only DAW I have used, but I am HORRIBLE with learning software, and even I can use it fairly well. laugh.gif


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post Jun 27 2013, 07:21 AM
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Great feedback guys! Looks like Reaper is pretty popular around here. I'm glad my efforts in relearning a new DAW are well supported here. I am still way more comfortable in Cubase but each day I am learning how to replicate my tasks in Reaper. Cubase is very intuitive to me....its just so bulky and sluggish on my mobile computers.

Any other software worth mentioning?

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post Jun 27 2013, 08:23 AM
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+1 for the Reaper. Same as Bogdan, I'm a Cubase user but many guys use Reaper and it's very easy to find some tips for it, exchange presets, settings etc smile.gif You will much easier get some good support from other users if choosing reaper.


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post Jun 27 2013, 11:41 AM
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Reaper is a good daw for recording/tracking and mixing and is more than able to keep up with the more expensive commercial ones like Cubase/Sonar etc. They also have a good, friendly and responsive development team.

The daw that I use however is sadie and it's not a low cost option. I use the full 'sound suite' version and it's target market is professional studios and engineers. It's also the daw of choice at the BBC, which is where I first used it many years ago. If I remember correctly the version I use costs @$5000 (5 thousand dollars). In my line of work I have to know that my daw is time frame accurate and that I can trust it to produce compliant commercial redbook CDA and DDPis. So whilst the daw isn't cheap its much, much better than having work rejected by the replicators.


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post Jun 27 2013, 07:53 PM
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I've tried Cubase, Studio One, and Reaper.

I was running a mac mini with logic on it. Which to me Reaper was the easiest to learn since it felt similar. But as others have mentioned. There are videos everywhere on the internet helping with anything you could imagine pertaining to Reaper.


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I use reaper because you guys introduced me to it. I would like to use Studio One since I have briefly used it in the past. It was easy to use.


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post Jul 1 2013, 04:26 PM
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Hi & welcome to GMC! Currently I'm using Cubase as the main DAW. Some VSTi like SSD 3.5 for drums, Trillian for Bass, Miroslav Philarmonik for orquestal sounds and recently added NI Massive for Elektro sounds.


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post Jul 7 2013, 11:49 PM
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My first program was pro tools and I do not like pro tools I have had nothing but problems with it, it sits in the studio collecting dust.

I bought a new mac book pro and like garageband, for simple band recordings it`s as good as anything.

When logic went to $200 I went logic pro and have`nt looked back nor have I had any issues, it just works.


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