I would say get Live, but I am biased. Live gives you Session view which is a non-linear way of working. Take a look below. This was done using Follow Actions to automatically launch Scenes, which are the horizontal rows of clips. I also have 2 audio tracks playing at the same time in Arrange View, the traditional linear view which other DAWs have. You can play any combination of clips and capture it as a fresh scene. You can launch clips and scenes in any order or combination you want. I also have global automation in Arrange. I can record all this into Arrange whenever I want to work on in a traditional linear way, but believe me, it's worth staying in Session for quite a while because it's so flexible. As you can see though, you can play both at the same time if you know a few tricks. I'll post another video showing how easy it is to warp a track and chop a loop out. Follow MacAbleton.com on Facebook and Twitter for updates, loads of good stuff coming up soon including an interview with Tom Hades, who uses Live to create his dance floor bombs!
Easy user interface!
Lots of tutorials around from beginner to expert.
Lots of plugs as every daw but some exclusive
Sessions will be interchangeable with major studios incase you want to mix or have a engineer mix it at a big local studio
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Logic Studio Full Version $623.83+$15.66 shipping
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So to start with i would advice him to buy reaper. I work with it in friends studio, and it kicks ass! I use Cubase in my studio do
You don't need Logic Studio. You can easily go to Mac app store and get Logic Pro with a vast amount of loops, samples, virtual instruments and plug-ins for $199. Best value for money package if you're producing IMHO.
Logic isn't hard to learn - there's a large community of users more than willing to give noobs a helping hand. Same goes for most major DAWs actually. I think the top value DAW for money in any recording studio environment is Logic Studio hands down. Don't forget logic us to cost 1k+ 10 years ago before apple bought it.
Get Studio one. Good content and very easy to use. Drag and drop all the way. I use Cubase, but my 10 year old son gets great result from Studio One.
The way it integrates melodyne is awesome. And you get melodyne essential with it.
So for vocals and vsti it's a good choice.
Check out the demo.
For starting out? I would grab Live and Komplete it gets you started with everything needed really fast and Live is a great cross platform DAW but is not the most fun to mix with.
about mixing in Live... last week i would have agreed with you... i just copped izotope alloy 2... export your stems from ableton... load those stem back into Live and put alloy 2 on each track... talk about straight forward mixing with pretty nice results...
export your mix to a stereo file... load that file back into Live... put izotope ozone 5 on the master bus... and you are set...
you do have to tweak both products... i.e. Alloy 2 and Ozone... but some of the preset are nice...
they have a 10 day demo... give them a try... one at a time though!!!