Originally Posted by siriusbliss
Just wait until you dig deeper into the object editing. It RULES!G
Yeah, no kidding. I was exposed to object-oriented slice 'n dice editing with Ensoniq/E-Mu Paris, my first real DAW. Anyone remember that system? I still have a blueface Interface MEC sitting in my rack, just for the nostalgia value.
I don't know what platform came up with it first, but Paris had the same object paradigm as Samplitude. Paris also pre-dated Cubase and the rest (AFAIK) with the idea of "stacked" take management on a single track. This was back in the days when computers weren't strong enough to do heavy lifting in audio without outboard DSP, and Ensoniq lost the battle with Protools.
Anyway, after my Paris system died from neglect and couldn't be moved to Win XP, I looked around for the closest thing in native land, and found Samplitude. It took them a while to catch up on things like take management, but I've been with the program since version 7.
In fact, just *today*, I finally upgraded to Pro X from version 9 Pro, because my old workstation finally kicked the bucket (including some old PCI Powercore and UAD-1 cards... sigh). So far, it's working great in 64-bit Windows 7.
I record acoustic musicians in real spaces, playing jazz, bluess, classical and world music. I couldn't live without the object-oriented editing and the workflow of Samplitude. I'd love to use Sequoia, but my classical projects "only" involve a few dozen edits for demo projects. If I was doing more serious classical editing with 100+ edits, then I'd find a way to buy a Sequoia license for the source-destination editing.
Seriously... if you haven't done a major classical or folk/acoustic project that requires that kind of micro-editing and object-oriented tweaking, you won't know how well this software works. I think that's why Samplitude isn't more popular: most people just don't record this way in the modern era.
What's bad about Samplitude? Well, in marketing terms it's a really stupid name in English, and they'd be crazy not to rename the series "Pro X", or just fold it into Sequoia, which reads nicely in English. The support has been flaky in the past, but it looks like it's better now, based on how smoothly I was able to upgrade just now from an earlier version. The upgrade process is still clumsy, but I've seen worse. They've gotten rid of the Codemeter dongle in favor of an Adobe-like authorization, so it's easy to install your license on both a studio workstation and a laptop used for remote recording (another reason I upgraded to the new version).