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Samplitude 11.5 Producer for Mastering? DAW Software
Old 16th September 2011
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Samplitude 11.5 Producer for Mastering?


I'm a student studying a degree in Audio & Recording Technology, and in my final year we study mastering.

I've already been reading up on it a bit and am quite interested in the whole process, so I'm looking for a dedicated mastering DAW to use for my own personal development projects and for my studies. I use Pro Tools 9 Native and Logic 9 currently for mixing, and I'm aware Logic comes with Waveburner, but I get the feeling it's not really used for professional mastering since it's not really mentioned frequently in the mastering DAW threads I've read so far.

In terms of 3rd party plugins I've purchased the Waves Gold bundle which I currently use for mixing but that's about it. I've also heard of the program Har-Bal mentioned a few times, and I found it interesting so I've bought that recently. (And got it to work on my Mac without windows too!)

I'm not snobby about what OS I use, I was brought up on Microsoft since forever and only over the last couple of years have I switched over to mainly Mac to be compatible with my Uni who ran mac with Logic and Pro Tools for the first two years, and because I find it more aesthetically pleasing for day to day use. Since most mastering DAWs seem to run on Windows though that's no problem as I'll either bootcamp or run on a PC instead.

At Uni they will teach mastering using Pyramix, some outboard compressors and EQ, UAD and TC Powercore plugins I believe. For my own setup however, to begin with I am going to have to find a solution which stays digital in-the-box. Because of budget, I cannot afford mastering grade hardware compressors or EQ and if I could then I wouldn't be able to afford good enough converters to do them any justice - that's my theory. So I'm looking for a mastering DAW which sounds good native, with decent native plugins that will work with my current Waves Gold plugins. My main goal is to develop my premastering skills and get the best sound with what I can afford as a student.

I've heard Sequoia 11 mentioned a lot for professional use, but there's no way I can afford that yet. I've heard good things about Samplitude too, and I've seen there's the normal, pro and now 11.5 producer editions. With the 11.5 producer version claiming to to do mastering I'm wondering if it would meet my needs, what worries me is is looks like a "get everything from musical conception to recording, mixing, mastering, burning" etc. and maybe there's no benefit from my current Pro Tools or Logic setup. After all the point was to look for a dedicated mastering DAW.

I know there's other popular DAWs out there too like SADiE and Audiocube, but unlike common mixing DAWs, mastering DAWs don't seem very accessible to students with any kind of discount or anything. Any useful thoughts or pointers would be appreciated, thanks.
Old 16th September 2011
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Sequoia is the mastering version of the program, and includes things like DDP. But a lot of guys use Samplitude. If you go to their website you'll find a description of the soon-to-be-released Samplitude 12. I believe that if you buy 11 within a certain time frame the upgrade to 12 is free, but you should check that. There are a bunch of videos on youtube by Kraznet that will give you a LOT of information about how to use the program, and there are additional videos at the Samplitude site. Tim Dolbear from Magix hangs out around here, you can ask him directly.
Old 16th September 2011
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Don't get Samplitude 11pro and Samplitude 11.5 producer mixed up, producer is a version of MAGIX's consumer line music studio and its name is being changed back thank god!

Samplitude Pro's new version is about to come out on Sept 27th, effectively version 12, but called Samplitude ProX. Samplitude is worth checking out, it may do all you need and is 1/4 the price. Main differences between Samplitude and sequoia you can fine on my video series "in the studio with sam/seq"
TimDolbearMagix's Channel - YouTube

All Samplitude or Sequoia Academic prices are 50% off retail. I got your email and will respond soon. :-)
Old 17th September 2011
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I have been using Samplitude for mastering since I started about 5 yrs ago and haven't looked back. I currently have Samplitude V11 but am eyeing Samplitude ProX....I wish I could get Sequoia but I would rather spend that that money on my room heh

Samplitude is a good choice for starting to master as I found it very user friendly right from the start.
Old 21st September 2011
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I use Samplitude /Pro/ for more than ten years. It is great for professional mastering, one of the best softwares ever made IMHO.
Old 23rd September 2011
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i'm using samplitude for mixing since it was made by Sek'd ... 1996 i think..

now for mixing and mastering since 2004 i use again samplitude, now v11...
its best for me
Old 4th October 2011
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Like Tim said, Samplitude Producer is the "consumer" version of Samplitude, but don't be fooled by the "consumer" tag. Before upgrading to Samplitude 11 Pro, I recorded, mixed, and mastered several albums with it in my project studio, and I was able to do about 99% of anything I ever needed to without any trouble.

It doesn't include some of the deeper editing features (e.g. audio quantization, the Take Composer, Revolver Tracks), or the high-end plugins (the Analog Modeling Suite, Ammunition, etc.), but it does include the Essential FX suite, a decent Mastering Suite, Object-Based Editing, and integrated CD authoring, which are all a major plus when mastering.

You can always download the 30-day trial and give it a whirl. Also, if you sign up for the Magix e-mail newsletter, they usually run some crazy specials (sometimes as much as 50% off) when a new version comes out.

Tim--I'm glad you guys are changing the name of the Producer version. Will it be "Samplitude Music Studio", or "Magix Music Studio" again? That will definitely help avoid confusion between Samplitude PROducer and Samplitude PROfessional!

Last edited by silentsky; 4th October 2011 at 05:01 PM.. Reason: yowza
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