Best Recording Software for '08 Macbook 2.4?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by fortune777, Mar 8, 2009.


Best recording software for White '08 Macbook 2.4?

  1. Cuebase

  2. Logic

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  3. Reaper

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  4. DP

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  5. Pro Tools

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  6. Other

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  7. Sonar

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  1. fortune777

    fortune777 Guest

    I got a '08 white Macbook used. I'm coming from the PC world and was wondering which recording software will run best on my Macbook.
    I need midi, VST (even with audio units work around)I like to use Addictive Drums & Guitar rig. I want something that's stable with few headaches & high quality. :)
    Any suggestions?
  2. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    logic 8. i love it and it works fine with any mac since it's a apple product.
  3. fortune777

    fortune777 Guest

    Great. I'll try Logic. Thanks for the feedback!
  4. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    you're welcome!

    i should have added "with any newer mac"! but your 2.4 macbook is more than enough.
  5. Sonar is PC only. Reaper is only on beta on Mac OSX.

    Your choices are Logic, DP (both of which are Mac only), or cross platform Cubase, PTLE/M-Powered and Ableton Live.

    I have to agree that for the money, Logic Studio 8 probably makes the most sense to me, although die hard DP users will probably disagree - in terms of value for money, Logic Studio 8 gives you the most plugins and best quality plugins, and although it's possibly the most difficult DAW to get your head around at first, it has all the functionality you would need to produce music and has the best optimization.

    Ableton Live is also cool on a Mac and compliments Logic really well, so if you are of the on the fly, creative edge with an eye on live performance and using controllers etc, it is very cool and it now has lots of regular DAW functionality too, it is no longer just a beat matching audio tweakbox for minimal techno heads.
  6. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    I was told that Logic Pro (7 at the time I bought it) was more geared for a recording musician (such as I) than Pro Tools or Digital Performer. Some may disagree with that, but I really find that it is intuitive and fast once you begin to master it.

    I have not had any experience with any other DAW than Logic 7 + 8 other than Macromedia's Deck II which is way outdated software that acted more like a tape machine.

    I have found that getting around Logic can be time consuming at first, depending on how much intuition I applied to the given issue. Now I am much more aware of most functions.

    The onboard help has a search feature that allows the manual available for keywords as well. This feature does make for quick troubleshooting. Just type in the parameter you are having issues with and find where that word is used in the manual.

    Personally, I can vouch that Logic is really deep and very versatile for almost anything I want to do, especially for midi and sampling in your DAW. It looks to be getting better with age, and there are more users now than ever before.

    The huge volume of plugin instruments and loops/sound effects are valuable for those of us who wish to start a song without a band available. You can always use a loop to get a feel and mic the Drum kit later because the library is so vast most accents in 4/4 are easily found.

    Best wishes to the DAW of your choice,
  7. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    I've been working with logic 5 on pc for many years. then came apple and bought emagic, which was the original maker of logic, and made an end to logic for pc.
    one day came the moment to update to a more recent software and i've tried all i could get a demo of or try at friends studios and wasn't satisfied with any. the one that got closest was sonar. but still it wasn't what i was looking for. so i bought a macbook pro and the new logic 8 which just got out at that time and i am happy ever since!

    just my experience. it always depends on what you're used to and what you want to do.
  8. fortune777

    fortune777 Guest

    Well, my personal experience was doing tracks in Reason (before that Cakewalk 7) and then importing the track into Reaper. The mac version of Reaper is still very clunky and I don't want dual boot. I also used DP, as friend recorded my band with it years ago.

    I've decided to go for Logic. The arrange window in Logic is already making sense to me and I can get the VST(AUs) to load which is huge because I really want addictive drums.

    Mixing, mastering, and giving tracks hi-end gloss in it --well I have to hunt for a tut. I'm wondering if I put reverb on every track with it it freeze. I guess I can still use Reason for midi and slave it.
  9. I have used Cubase, PT. Logic, Sonar, ACID, Reason and Ableton Live - and Reaper to a lesser degree.

    Logic was definately the hardest to use and I was not a fan of the GUI although it has gotten much better in Logic STudio 8. Cubase has the nicest GUI, although some don't like the fact that everything is not controlled via one window as in Logic and Sonar (although I find that often gets too cluttered). PT is easy to use but the lite versions, i.e. LE and M-Powered don't cut it for me with no plugin delay compensation and track and hardware limiits not encountered by the other DAW software.

    Logic 5 by Emagic was a total brainf**k to use - a great program in terms of power and features but really badly designed GUI wise, all IMHO of course - thankfully it has improved considerably in LP7 and especially Logic 8. I still prefer Cubase's look and feel, although Logic is still the best package around for Macs for the money and it's in the box plugins are the best bar none (to be fair Sonar and Samplitude run it quite close).

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