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Old 28th December 2010
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Cheap DAW Software for my needs

Hi all. So here's the deal. I am looking for a cheap piece software for portable mixing purposes. I'm not looking for something to record into, I use something else for that. What I am looking for is a program that can run on a Windows XP OS on a laptop, can run multiple VST plugins per track, can support a minimum of 16 active tracks plus master, and doesn't need hardware to run it. Basically looking for a portable mixing solution that won't break the bank. I come from a Pro Tools background, but am also comfortable with Sonar. I am thinking of purchasing Sonar because it does what I need, but just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for any cheaper software that can fulfill my needs. Yes I know about Reaper but I'm not a fan of it. Thanks!
Old 28th December 2010
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I'd get Ardour. It's free and really good!

Or $70 will get you Harrison MixBus which is also good, and emulates a range of EXCELLENT analogue consoles fully. The only thing is it does AU plugins not VST.
Old 28th December 2010
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Reaper, can even get a PT inspired theme if it makes it more comfortable, i think its the bomb. REAPER | Audio Production Without Limits
Old 28th December 2010
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+20 for Reaper! You don't even have to pay for it unless you're a moral person...
Old 28th December 2010
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anyone has any suggestions for any cheaper software that can fulfill my needs. Yes I know about Reaper but I'm not a fan of it.
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Reaper, can even get a PT inspired theme if it makes it more comfortable, i think its the bomb. REAPER | Audio Production Without Limits
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+20 for Reaper! You don't even have to pay for it unless you're a moral person...
Is there any chance that one day we might get a thread where people read the question before posting "You need to buy Reaper / SM7 / GAP73 / Better Converters / Acoustic Treatment"? I have my doubts.
Old 28th December 2010
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Is there any chance that one day we might get a thread where people read the question before posting "You need to buy Reaper / SM7 / GAP73 / Better Converters / Acoustic Treatment"? I have my doubts.
Haha yeh....i don't think many people read the last sentence. I'm not really sure, Reaper would be the obvious suggestion, but as OPs already started he's not really a big fan, some other cheaper DAWs that come to mind are like Cubase Essentials 5, Ableton Live Intro. I don't use either of these though so i can't comment any further on that, i've used Ableton Lite and Cubase Studio 5.
Old 28th December 2010
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R-E-A-P-E-R!!!!!!
Old 28th December 2010
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[whisper]read the bloody OP people[/whisper]
Old 28th December 2010
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ANOTHER Reaper fanboy here. You can at least try it before you buy it. If you don't like, no money lost. The forum is excellent and there is good documentation available. The manual (a .pdf download) is good and free.

http://www.fm.reaper

And I like the idea of a SM7 and a COWBELL. They you got a hit! Someone left out the cowbell part.
Old 28th December 2010
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Mackie Tracktion 2...
30$ download at Macie.
No track limits....
Deadend though, no development, but cheap and functional.
Old 28th December 2010
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Originally Posted by therealbigd View Post
I'd get Ardour. It's free and really good!

Or $70 will get you Harrison MixBus which is also good, and emulates a range of EXCELLENT analogue consoles fully. The only thing is it does AU plugins not VST.
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Is there any chance that one day we might get a thread where people read the question before posting "You need to buy Reaper / SM7 / GAP73 / Better Converters / Acoustic Treatment"? I have my doubts.
I sincerely hope you follow your own advise in the future. The OP clearly said he is on WINDOWS XP. That renders Ardour unuseable.

Just for thought wise guy!


For the OP, I think if you don't like reaper, there will be not so much DAWs out there which fit your needs (price point).

Why not give it another try. It's really your best and most affordable option out there.

Cheers good luck

edit: just had a look at n-track, which seems to be really nice for its price.
Old 28th December 2010
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Get to like Reaper.
Old 28th December 2010
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+1 for Tracktion - although i eventually switched to Reaper and ProTools, Tracktion is superb...
Old 28th December 2010
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tracktion is fun, wicked easy, and very fast. everything is laid right out and very accessible.
after owning and using several daw's: cubase, PT, tracktion, ardour, reaper and logic, the clear conclusion to me was:
they're very similar. the mixes at unity were basically indistinguishable from each other, each had some cool points and each had some weaknesses. it seems to me that whichever one someone is significantly more used to is the one they prefer, which makes sense. like the mouse vs trackpad thing. i started on the trackpad, it's what i am used to. mice seem slow and clumsy to me. i understand, of course, that you grew up doing it the other way, and it's easier for you.
point is, whatever you choose will get you where you need to go. it's all the same in the end, don't fear the reaper, it really is totally fine, after a small adjustment period. and for the price, it's hard to find something that really keeps up.
i seem to think that's why all those folks posted what they did, not out of neglect of reading that last sentence, but because of it, to try to keep an open mind about it.
good luck!
Old 28th December 2010
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Is there any chance that one day we might get a thread where people read the question before posting "You need to buy Reaper / SM7 / GAP73 / Better Converters / Acoustic Treatment"? I have my doubts.
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R-E-A-P-E-R!!!!!!
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ANOTHER Reaper fanboy here. You can at least try it before you buy it. If you don't like, no money lost. The forum is excellent and there is good documentation available. The manual (a .pdf download) is good and free.

http://www.fm.reaper
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Obviously no is the answer to my question.


Don't worry, this is not this-thread specific. It's the finite problem with the Low End board. It was once about finding cheap solutions to expensive problems, it is now about the same question being asked over and over again and being given the same answer over and over again; then when a different question pops up, everyone gives it the stock answer anyway.
Old 28th December 2010
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I sincerely hope you follow your own advise in the future. The OP clearly said he is on WINDOWS XP. That renders Ardour unuseable.

Just for thought wise guy!
We have it running fine on Linux which will either sit happily on a separate boot drive (<$100) or using VMWare Workstation (virtual machine in windows). There are plenty of good reasons other than this to work in a mixing environment not dominated by a 'user friendly' OS, because in being 'user friendly' they often run a sizeable amount of background programs to eat CPU, and will try and stop you doing things you want to do for no good reason.
Old 28th December 2010
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If you have problems with Reaper, try this instead

MultitrackStudio - Audio/MIDI Multitrack Recording Software

I'm a Reaper fan but I've heard that one does the job too.
Old 29th December 2010
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We have it running fine on Linux which will either sit happily on a separate boot drive (<$100) or using VMWare Workstation (virtual machine in windows). There are plenty of good reasons other than this to work in a mixing environment not dominated by a 'user friendly' OS, because in being 'user friendly' they often run a sizeable amount of background programs to eat CPU, and will try and stop you doing things you want to do for no good reason.
Perhaps it's just me, but I certainly wouldn't want to bother with linux (which still has a very high learning curve IMO) just to be able to mix. For me the time spent installing and getting everything working just right wouldn't be worth the extra money for a proper WINDOWS setup.

However, you were right, and I was the fool attacking you - "wise guy".

My excuses...

Also I'm not hanging around much on the Low End forum. So I didn't know this reaper thing is so much of an issue. And it is BTW. Did some searches
Old 29th December 2010
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Perhaps it's just me, but I certainly wouldn't want to bother with linux (which still has a very high learning curve IMO) just to be able to mix. For me the time spent installing and getting everything working just right wouldn't be worth the extra money for a proper WINDOWS setup.

However, you were right, and I was the fool attacking you - "wise guy".

My excuses...

Also I'm not hanging around much on the Low End forum. So I didn't know this reaper thing is so much of an issue. And it is BTW. Did some searches
I think it is. Have you used Linux to run a DAW?
Old 29th December 2010
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Mackie Tracktion 2...
30$ download at Macie.
No track limits....
Deadend though, no development, but cheap and functional.

I think the Ultimate bundle of Tracktion 3 is $19 at musician's friend at the moment.
*checks*
Nope, it's the project bundle, but it's $5 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
through amazon:

Amazon.com: Mackie Tracktion 3 Project Bundle: Musical Instruments
Old 30th December 2010
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I think it is. Have you used Linux to run a DAW?
actually not, but I have tried to use it for common duties, but I gave up on it. Too much of a hassle if your used to Windows/OSX. And not worth the time IMO.

Cheers!
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