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iamneoshadow



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:50 pm    Post subject: Need advice on software for composing Reply with quote

Im in the beginning stages of setting up a DAW. I need help in figuring out what programs i should invest in. I will be using the program to create techno/digital, heavy metal, and rap music. I want a software that will allow me to create and record beats & rhythms. Yet give me the option to plug in my guitar and save my music as MP3's.

I dont want a program that just supplies loops, I really want to be able to create the music in my head with a software pckg that already has a hosts of instruments to choose from, and allows me to add loop software pckgs. Based on this data please offer suggestions for the softwares I should consider and if possible why?

Please specify your recommendation regarding ProTools, Cubase, Ableton 6.0, Sonar, Steinberg, or Sony Acid 7 ...(my system is Windows XP)...........
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lynnmonk
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To really do all that you need successfully, you should be looking at the industry-standard recording systems such as Logic Pro, ProTools and Nuendo. The program you choose depends entirely on the way you prefer to work. As each of these programs cost more than the average weeks wage, it would be a good idea to download the demo versions first to see which one would suit you best.

I use Logic Pro. Aside from coming batched with a huge range of Apple Loops and samplesets for the included EXS sampler, it also has an amazing array of software instruments and tools including an excellent drum synth, a guitar amp/speaker emulator (similar to the POD), and a convolution reverb. You can, of course get all the details and hear some demos on the Apple website. The downside is that you'll have to buy a Mac in order to use the latest version. The last version to run on a PC was Logic Pro 5.5.

Lynn
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Brien
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't "need" anything that is industry standard just to kick it around on your computer.

No matter what you settle on software wise, if your hardware is a SoundBlaster or AC97 on board audio, you may as well get a 4 track cassette recorder.

What kind of computer hardware do you have iamneoshadow, and what are you willing to spend to update that if/when required is a question much in need of an answer.
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PCMS
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would suggest that you grab the demo of each of the DAWS you are interested in and see which one works best for you. There are many power users here that will tell you buy this or that but honestly speaking you will be the one looking at and using the software everytime you make music. Make sure it looks and just as important "feels" right to you and no one else.

You might want to make a short list of the features that are important to you.

For example:

Number of bundle pluings
Audio effects-number and quality
Sound quality - Which also relates to the interface you have.
Which OS-XP/ Vista etc
Specific audio or MIDI features
and so on

This list will probably steer you in the right direction. The best DAW out there is the one that let's you make music with the least amount of effort (doesn't get in your way). Rightly or wrongly that answer is different for everyone, which is why you see so many passionate posts as to which DAW is the best.

Hope that helps.
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Brien
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just for the record, the acronym "daw" refers to digital audio workstation not software specifically.
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gurdn



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this is about software for composing, why is the emphasis on audio plugins and effects - isn't this more like software for mastering?

There are some great composing aids that let you export midi.
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Brien
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gurdn wrote:
If this is about software for composing, why is the emphasis on audio plugins and effects - isn't this more like software for mastering?

There are some great composing aids that let you export midi.


It started out in reference to making a "DAW." As you know, this is a computer that has software and hardware designed to do audio/video recording.

I don't think we have touched on plugins yet but when we do, that should be fun too:)

Mastering is a completely different process not for the faint of heart and professional results from simple using a "plugin and effects" will not be achieved by the typical home recording individual.

Thanks,
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