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Cheap (free) easy daw for mac Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 18th December 2010
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Cheap (free) easy daw for mac

A friend of mine bought a Juno DI thinking he could write songs in it. He doesn't know a great deal about sequencing and I'd like to suggest a simple bare bones daw for him. Is reaper simple - I've never used it. Live comes to mind but it's too expensive, and probably overboard - I think all he needs is a 16 channel midi sequencer.
Was just gonna get him to buy one of those dirt cheap midi - USB interfaces.
Thanks.
Old 18th December 2010
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Macintosh HD>Applications>Garageband
Old 18th December 2010
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Live comes to mind but it's too expensive, and probably overboard
Live Lite is VERY functional.
Old 18th December 2010
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+1 for garageband.. your friend allready has it!! no $$ whatsoever. Great beginner's daw.
Old 18th December 2010
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Macintosh HD>Applications>Garageband
Had a laugh at this suggestion!
Old 18th December 2010
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I've never used it.
Old 18th December 2010
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Cheap (free) easy daw for mac

Cool- didn't know GarageBand did midi - as laughable as it is it's definitely the best option for now - how deep could he go with it - cc auto? Program changes?
I'll buy him a cheap midi interface/cable for Xmas.
Thanks.
Old 20th December 2010
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Honestly, Garageband is really awesome if you're the type of person who likes to get it right from the source. I've heard some great music recorded to the program, AND it was one of my first steps into digital recording.


Sorry! Had to stick up for lil' ole GB!
Old 20th December 2010
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Another benefit of using GarageBand is if he wants to spend some money on this hobby, he can buy Logic and it'll open all his existing tunes.
Old 20th December 2010
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Wow, the JACK technology sounds pretty cool.
But from my experience on a PC - the main thing that will hinder it will be DAWs that support rewire, hence one program disabling its audio and midi output.
That's the single biggest flaw with rewire - one program disables BOTH midi and audio - selecting one or the other or both would be so much better.
If JACK can disable rewire attributes somehow - it will be very very useful indeed.

The midi freedom of Max/msp, user friendly GUIness of Ableton and audio recording and omf export etc of Protools...
Old 20th December 2010
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