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Recommended mastering DAW for PC?
Old 28th February 2018
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Recommended mastering DAW for PC?

Hey guys, i recently moved from Mac to PC and i'm not digging Ableton as a DAW for mastering. Thought it might be a good time to get an actual mastering-dedicated DAW. PC users, what software do you use? What do you like about it / not like about it? Thanks!

Also, what sort of things should i be looking out for when choosing a mastering DAW. (i've always just used Logic Pro so i know nothing about this field)
Old 28th February 2018
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wavelab here

(only issue is hat it isn't integrated into nuendo: would prefer to have just one program)
Old 28th February 2018
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Check these out:

What is your 2017 mastering DAW

Who's Using Reaper? Workflow?

Pay particular attention to Justin P's posts on this subject and you will have some very precise information.
Old 1st March 2018
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Pay particular attention to Justin P's posts on this subject and you will have some very precise information.
Justin P isn't a PC user, he's mac. (he said so in an article he wrote for proaudiofiles)
Old 1st March 2018
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Justin P isn't a PC user, he's mac. (he said so in an article he wrote for proaudiofiles)
Both of the DAWs he uses and has written extensively about are cross-platform.

I use Reaper for processing because it allows you to do whatever you want in multiple ways. It's highly customisable.

I use Hofa for assembly. Great bang for buck.
Old 28th November 2019
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Just thought i'd bump this thread. Any new opinions?
Old 29th December 2019
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Hey guys, i recently moved from Mac to PC and i'm not digging Ableton as a DAW for mastering. Thought it might be a good time to get an actual mastering-dedicated DAW. PC users, what software do you use? What do you like about it / not like about it? Thanks!

Also, what sort of things should i be looking out for when choosing a mastering DAW. (i've always just used Logic Pro so i know nothing about this field)
Hi try ozone 8 or nine stand alone , depends on what level you aiming for.
Old 30th December 2019
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Hi try ozone 8 or nine stand alone , depends on what level you aiming for.
Top level
Old 30th December 2019
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Reaper. Priced well, tons of features for many uses, nice interface, well supported (community), not obscure, well received in general community.


*edit*
This I should have mentioned would be for analog mastering.
Old 30th December 2019
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then get Steingberg wave lab pro 10
it will cost u
Old 30th December 2019
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Just thought i'd bump this thread. Any new opinions?
Not sure if 'new' or not...
  • Reaper
  • Studio One
  • Wavelab
  • Izotope RX

Really, any DAW or editor that supports plugins (not sure who doesn't at this point) will work, so it just comes down to preference and any specific features you need. Given requirements you might have to use more than one app for various functions. You don't like Live, so give Reaper a try... many professionals use it. I prefer Studio One which has a dedicated mastering function and can export DDP's, but I use traditional 'song mode' with a customized template since most of what I do is singles or EP's. I use Izotope RX for tops/tails, SRC and restoration work. Wavelab for all sorts of other tasks and editing.

I think people can suggest anything and everything, but it ultimately comes down to trying things out and finding what works best for your style and workflow. Reaper is probably the best of the bunch if you're looking for a single app to more or less do it all and it's nearly impossible to beat the price.
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