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Which DAW?
Old 31st August 2011
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Which DAW?

Hey

So I am graduating very belatedly from a knackered old computer and Reason 3 to a new PC... but I'm a bit adrift and unsure which one is for me. I do roughly equal amounts of audio tracking and MIDI stuff and tend to mix in the box. I had a look at this guide Buying DAW Software - A Helpful Guide | Music Matter which was pretty helpful but I'd still appreciate some tips...

Cheers in advance!
Old 31st August 2011
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If you're already familiar with reason why not just upgrade to the latest version?
Old 31st August 2011
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Cubase man. It will take about 5 minutes to realize how much reason sucks
Old 31st August 2011
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Reaper 4 is the jam.

For MIDI, I mostly use Ableton Live though. Can't beat it. I've grown to actually like the audio workflow in the past year or so as well. Either one would do the trick.
Old 31st August 2011
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Reaper is the way to go. No dongles - no bloatware - no hassels.

The effects and instruments in Cubase are not good enough to justify the huge price difference.
Old 31st August 2011
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Stick with Reason if you're used to it... Reason 6 is out in a month and you can actually record audio in it!
Old 31st August 2011
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Whoohoo - a DAW that finally allows to record audio!

Do you want to record audio, or just play a bunch of virtual instruments? How deep do you want to get?

IMO, 3rd party instruments are the best, so this should not influence your choice of DAW.

Pick something stable, with no strings attached (most of the major DAWs have major companies behind them using the DAWs to steer you in particular hardware directions, to a greater or lesser degree).

Reaper is fast becoming the defacto universal DAW - many people abandon the major name DAWs due to frustrations. Uncrippled full version shareware - no problems, only your own conscience to force you to pay for it. Rapid development from a team of people who aren't motivated by commercial pressures, and obviously passionate about delivering a cutting edge product that meets the needs of it's passionate user base.

Just download it now and see for yourself - there is zero reason to delay.
Old 31st August 2011
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stick to the one you're used to......

I like Logic, so I use logic... no major problems with it whatsoever..... I get around ProTools too, but only because it's the "industry standard" but it's been a while since I've touched it......
Old 1st September 2011
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+1 for Reaper!
Old 1st September 2011
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First let me put on my bullet proof vest and helmet. Ok here we go...

Sonar has always given me good balance between real audio and MIDI capabilities. Been using it since Pro Audio 9 and use X1 Pro today.
Old 1st September 2011
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Reaper will make it for you!
Old 1st September 2011
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Reaper is a DAW more than REASON which is not intended for recording purposes out of itself? Reason in conjunction with some other syncable program is a good tool.

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Old 1st September 2011
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Originally Posted by MIDIFrank View Post
Hey

So I am graduating very belatedly from a knackered old computer and Reason 3 to a new PC... but I'm a bit adrift and unsure which one is for me. I do roughly equal amounts of audio tracking and MIDI stuff and tend to mix in the box. I had a look at this guide Buying DAW Software - A Helpful Guide | Music Matter which was pretty helpful but I'd still appreciate some tips...

Cheers in advance!
sonar x1
Old 1st September 2011
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I just popped for the $60 license for Reaper after demoing it for awhile. This is in addition to Logic, Digital Performer and Pro Tools. No, I do not "need" another DAW :-) but it's built in elastique time has done a better job a slowing down full mixes than Logic (using flex or Radius) or pro tools. And, I wanted to support the developer. It really is fantastic. The good news is that you can try it out for yourself. I would strongly advise reading the manual and watching some tutorials on it.
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