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Andrew Cockburn
post Jul 23 2007, 05:42 PM
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Hi There,

This is a growing list of good recording based software. Everything from sequencers to effects, to drum machines.

This list is for Freeware, SHareware and low cost packages that have a < $50 cost associated with them.

As usual, I'll maintain this list at the top - anyone with new ideas, post to the thread and I'll edit this post and add to the list.

Simple Recording Software

1. Audacity is a cool audio editor and can also be used for simple multitrack recording

Multitrack Recording Software

1. Reaper is an extremely cheap yet very functional multitrack recording package. Windows (and MAC/Linux support being developed)
2. Krystal - A bit less feature rich than reaper, but very functional and simple. Envelopes and FX chains are more limited but great for quickly getting down tracks.
3. Traverso DAW - A newcomer to the scene, but may be another to watch for simple multi-tracking.

Virtual Effects (VST)

1. SIR is a great free Impulse Response Reverb effect. You can get a lot of impulses here to use with it.
2. Bidule is an effect hoster/aggregator
3. Rosegarden is a linux based sequencer
4. Amplitude Uno is a free Amp and Cab simulation package
5. Kjaerhaus Audio do a very nice suite of free VST efffects that they call their classic range (chorus, delay, compressor and so on).
6. GVST make various free vsts including a nice delay with the fab name of GDuckDly.
7. As do Voxengo.
8. Luxonix LFX-1310 is a multi-effect.
9. Camel Audio make a rather fun compressor, distortion and filter the Camelcrusher.

Virtual Instruments (VSTi)

1. RGC Audio make Triangle II which is a great synth able to get some classic sounds.
2. Greenoak make Crystal
3. JX make both the JXsynth and the JX220


Drum Machine

1.Acoustica Beatcraft - A nice simple drum machine with some good sounds and decent options.

Tab Programs

1. Tux Guitar - Free, open source editor. Can read and write to Guitar Pro file format.
2.Power Tab - Free tab editor, probably the main competitor for Guitar Pro.

Sound Editing

Utilities

1. Scale Tool - A quick, simple program for viewing scales.

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post Aug 5 2007, 07:28 AM
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Digital Audio Workstations ( DAW / Multi-track recording ) :

Krystal - A bit less feature rich than reaper, but very functional and simple. Envelopes and FX chains are more limited but great for quickly getting down tracks.
Traverso DAW - A newcomer to the scene, but may be another to watch for simple multi-tracking.

Drum Machine :

Acoustica Beatcraft - A nice simple drum machine with some good sounds and decent options.

Tab Programs :

Guitar-Pro - The default tab program. The RSE and practice modes really make this worth the purchase, imo.
Tux Guitar - Free, open source editor. Can read and write to Guitar Pro file format.
Power Tab - Free tab editor, probably the main competitor for Guitar Pro.

Sound Editing :

Steinburg Wavelab - Good program with lots of options, can also be used for final mastering of songs.

Utilities :

Scale Tool - A quick, simple program for viewing scales.

VST Plugins :

iZotope Ozone - Very popular VST Plugin, generally used in the Mastering Process.

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Thanks - will add them in smile.gif

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post Sep 22 2007, 11:29 PM
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if it's not a problem I would like to warn people here about audacity..
It is free for a reason, it keeps chrashing (especially the mac version). The PC version also chrashes, once me and the band lost hours and hours of recording because it chrashed during export.. I didn't want to save the project, because saving often causes problems in audacity.. So I would not recomend it.

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post Sep 22 2007, 11:53 PM
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cubase- its a great mulitrack recording softwer you can do almost every
thing you want with it: midi tracks audio tracks converting to all file formats
import outport vst instromemts alot of efeccts

nuendo- same as cubase only looks abit diferent

guitar rig- vst.. realy good plag for guitar rec it has there allmost all the guitar efects
and you can make arealy good sound with it!!

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wow great list, Andrew


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post Sep 23 2007, 01:31 AM
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What about M-Audio Pro-Tools?

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Just some of my favourite free software synths and effects

Kjaerhaus Audio do a very nice suite of free VST efffects that they call their classic range (chorus, delay, compressor and so on).

GVST make various free vsts including a nice delay with the fab name of GDuckDly.

As do Voxengo.

Luxonix LFX-1310 is a multi-effect.

Camel Audio make a rather fun compressor, distortion and filter the Camelcrusher.


For freeware soft synths:

RGC Audio make Triangle II which is a great synth able to get some classic sounds. Was going to mention Pentagon I from RGC - pretty certain mine was free but it's now a paid for download and price wise fits the other thread dry.gif .

Greenoak make Crystal



and JX make both the JXsynth and the JX220

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QUOTE (exorcyze @ Aug 5 2007, 07:28 AM) *
VST Plugins :

iZotope Ozone - Very popular VST Plugin, generally used in the Mastering Process.

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Yeah, that's a great plug in, I use in my mastering biggrin.gif it's easy to use and sound great wink.gif


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post Jan 7 2008, 05:35 PM
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I dont get it
i installed the JX220 and the other free Jx
theres no executable program
are these just plugins needed for some other program?
if yes what program can i get for free to play synthesizer on my computer?

sorry if these are stupid questions
im kinda new to this

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most of the things listed here are plug-ins to use for a DAW- try downloading Reaper up the top there ^^
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Deeproots is absolutely right - you need a suitable sequencer as they are vsts/plug-ins. One minor thing wrt Reaper - it's shareware so if you use it and find that you like it and want to use it you should register it.

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would it work somehow with adobe audition? cuz ive got that program?
or isnt reper something similar?
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i believe it would (by the product overview i glanced at)
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hmm ill let you know if i find out how it works smile.gif

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hmm I think im not talking of the same things as the rest of you is (probably by lack of english knowledge)
what I need is something like a keyboard for my computer to play things i can use for songs afterwards
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i found vst in Audition but it only allows DeEsser DeHummer Compressor and stuff
(as far as I found out that is)
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post Jan 30 2008, 06:17 PM
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Audio recording/mastering/producing:

Sony Acid Pro -> not free
Sony Acid Xpress -> The free version (just about as good)

Drum and synth:

Fruity Loops -> the best out there
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From a tip in Sound on Sound:

Free drum plugin: My Drumset - http://www.bluenoise.no/mydrumsetrocks.html

I just downloaded and tested it, seems nice enough. Good enough if you´re on a budget and don´t want to use a pirated version of EXDrummer or Addictive Drums.


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not sure if this has been added, but Sequel is an excellent entry / starter recording / mixing program. it's interface is kind of like a very basic version of Cubase. it also has virtual insturments and loops. it has been compared to Apple's garageband software. their website and tutorial videos make it feel like ANYONE can use it.

http://www.sequel-music.net/index.php?L=1

it's price is 100 USD, so it's not >50, but it is still pretty cheap. i think it's great for people new to recording, or for people who just wanna mess around with loops.

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i just got a line6 toneport gx recording interface but i dont know how to get it to work with my recording software. i'm using audacity software so if anyone knows any information that can help me get the two to work together so i can start recording i'd really appreciate it.
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