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Help choosing a DAW

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Mayon, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Mayon

    Mayon Guest

    Hi everyone, I'm new here.

    For the last couple of years I've been using Cubase.
    I'm really sick of it.
    It's not a very stable software, it has temps that goes as high as the sky, etc etc.

    I've been thinking about trying a new software.
    I'm talking a serious software, professional.
    I've thought about pro tools but there's no way I'm getting a new sound card for it.

    Ableton live looks pretty good, but it seems It doesn't fit my music, since my music is not very loop based.
    my music is dark toned we're talking rock\metal influences with electronic genres.
    Up until now I've used reason in slave mode to Cubase.

    Can you guys help me out?

    P.S I don't care if it's MAC or PC, I'll prefer If it's both.
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    First off, Cubase is professional software although Cubase LE is not, necessarily. No "LE" software is really. If you don't like the workflow of a given UI that is a preference issue. The major players are: Tracktion, Cubase, Logic Pro, Audition, Protools, Sony Vegas Pro, and a couple others. Reaper gets an honorable mention in my book as fully capable DAW at a very reasonable price.

    Any true professional DAW will have a learning curve-perhaps steep. It's fairly safe to say that any program that has complex functions has a learning curve even. The key here is to read the manual over and over. Search and read the help files. Check for online user forums for the DAW flavor of choice. These forums often give hints on how to make a program more stable with a specific interface or even when the newest verion of DAW X is not ready for prime time.

    If you can get trial versions of some various things you can check out whether the workflow/user interface meets your satisfaction. Just remember though that the learning curve will be hiding around the corner.
  3. Mayon

    Mayon Guest

    I'm not using Cubase LE I'm using SX3.

    Thanks for the reply, I'll check on that "Reaper" DAW.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Reaper is definitely worth a look. Tracktion 3 gets some good marks for intuitiveness though I don't like it as well as a few others. It is very definitely not CPU intensive unless lots of plugs are involved. Bonus for Tracktion 3 is that the Ultimate Bundle can often be had on eBay NIB for US$50-100. I happen to like Audition but it is not as intuitive as Tracktion.

    I'm not trying to steer you back to Cubase, but SX3 wouldn't be considered to be Steinberg's full featured production DAW. The current full version is Cubase 5 and the prior version was fairly popular as well, Cubase 4 (not Studio or Essential).

    Good luck.
  5. Mayon

    Mayon Guest

    What about cakewalk sonar? Is it good?
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Sonar does have a following. Sonar is a well respected DAW I think. As far as version 7 or 8 I would again check in at the user forums and see what folks are saying and what problems they might be having.

    The best thing for you is if you can download a trial version of some sort-even if it is crippled-to see whether you like the workflow.
  7. I am not judging, or making assumptions here, but I throw this bone out in good faith - is your Cubase SX3 a legit copy ?

    If not, this is probably why you have stability problems.

    If it is - have you updated to the latest version of SX3 - the last version, SX is known as one of THE MOST STABLE Cubase releases ever.

    Have you update the synchrosoft license control center - this can sometimes cause bugs.

    Finally - have you actually spoken to Steinberg, your Steinberg distributor and sought advice from them on your problems - changing a DAW because of a glitch is really a last resort thing. However, it can happen that software just doesn't like your hardware components - several years ago, I had the opposite problem in that Sonar wouldn't run for me at all, so I switched to Cubase and have been a happy user since ! Now on the latest Cubase 5, which is also very stable on my machine.
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

  9. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Why am I hearing crickets chirping from the OP?

    Agreed, Cubase SX3 with recent patches is a rock-solid system as long as the computer is up to task.

    If I were forced to use SX3 as my sole DAW, I wouldn't be disappointed in the slightest. I used SX2 until SX3 came out and never upgraded (no need with Sequoia).

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