2. Digital Performer
6. Pro Tools on Mac
7. Pro Tools on PC
8. Nuendo/Cubase on Mac
9. Nuendo/Cubase on PC
10. Reaper on Mac
11. Reaper on PC
12. Fruity Loops
13. Propellerhead Record on Mac
14. Propellerhead Record on PC
15. Ableton Live! on Mac
16. Ableton Live! on PC
17. Studio One on Mac
18. Studio One on PC
15 inch Quad i7 Macbook Pro, OSX 10.6.8, Logic 9.1.8
Nuendo | WaveLab | Access Virus | Korg Radias | Novation Nova | Albino 3 | Massive | Sylenth | Tone Gladiator | Stylus RMX + Back Beat + Retro Funk
Nuendo and Cubase should be separate choices... since they're not actually the same... they actually are quite different! I choose Nuendo and not Cubase! Cheers!
Ardour, Harrison MixBus and Sound Forge could also be in there - although, when looking at this poll, it appears that neither of these three DAWs are used by a lot of people.
I agree that it would make more sense to list Cubase and Nuendo separately.
Looks like I'm the retarded less than one percent; in fact I'm not actually listed. I use Reason 6 which encorporates Record so I selected Propellerhead Record for Mac. Reason used to be just a fun way to record a bunch of synth and percussion stuff and then export it to another DAW, but with the addition of Record and the new mixer based on the SSL 9000K it has become a creative music making monster. Probably still more for the artist than the engineer, but it's ability to work in virtual racks and plug anything in to anything is just too cool for me to ever get rid of. Why the heck is Reaper so popular? I'd like to try it if it's that crazy good.
Reaper has some things that "Record" doesn't. The main thing being VST support. Anyone who has used a DAW for any amount of time probably has some money invested in plugins. I wouldn't buy a DAW that forces me to abandon those.
I've tried Record and I didn't like it. I don't like the workflow. But, I've grown accustomed to using other DAWs (Cubase, Pro Tools, Samplitude, Sonar)and their workflows are so similar. I find Record to be a strain on the eyes and the desktop. I don't like having to scroll so much to get the the section of the channel strip that I want. I suppose if Reason is your thing, Record will come easy to you. I played with it for a few days and just felt like I was swimming up stream. For myself, not intuitive at all.
Reaper really is a nice DAW. I don't personally use it but it has nice features and is every bit as functional as many, more expensive DAWs. Plus, it's not crippled like some other companies like to do. One software with two licensing options. It's free to try for 30 days.
I used to work like this- Reason for drums and synths, exported into ableton live where i would add instruments and vocals, and then everything through samplitude for mix down. It was okay but lots of work. My life is much simpler now using just Reason 6 and I think my results are cleaner without tweaking. Some times simpler is better at least as far as creativity goes. I do think propellerhead sucks for not using VST's. They have a new thing called rack extensions that should be cool but second party VST's will have to be specifically approved by propellerhead. They are very anal about not having VST's crash a session.
I've been talking to some of the hybrid folks, and may eventually go that route with a summing mixer and more external gear to sweeten up final mixes.
man looks like i'[m in the minority w/ digital performer. it's up to my boss at the studio, and took me a little while to adjust to it from Pro Tools audition and reaper, but it grew on me alot and to me competes w/ PTHD as far as features, software wise. overall a very stable program and easy to get most things done fast.
i think the use of nuendo and Logic being so high is a testament to so many people doing electronic based programming these days, vs live recording. for me PT and digital performer have the most to the point workflow. beating out ableton, cubase, audition, Vegas and reaper. Although i will say audition (1.5) has the best sounding stock pluggins of any of them.
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I found my plugins not running well in Reaper... that's why I stick to Logic. Also the whole look of Logic, seems more accurate to me. It probably comes from working a lot with it.
Furthermore, the whole key command thing is so important. I get so frustrated when I switch between Logic and Pro Tools and Reaper, which is another reason why I stick to Logic