Help with recording software

Discussion in 'Mixing & Editing' started by JoeCool, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. JoeCool

    JoeCool Guest

    I apologize in advance for my lack of in depth knowledge of recording software. To preface myself and my question, I am a musician. I’ve recorded several times using Logic Pro 7, and many variations of Pro Tools, but I haven’t actually used the programs, I’ve just played my axe into them. I used to dabble around with recording on a very small scale using Acid, but now I decided that I really need to take matters into my own hands and really delve into the recording world. Now I come to all of you asking for some advice. I’m looking for a recording/sequencer program that I can record myself on horns, keyboards, and vocals with over some sort of groove that I create with the sequencer.

    I’ve been doing a lot of research lately because I want to make the most of my budget of $500 to buy a program. I already have keyboards, MIDI connectors, a CO3 condenser mic, a pretty cheap mixer, and also monitors. Prior to discovering this site, I was pretty much sold on purchasing an Mbox with Reason and ProTools. However, I have read several mixed reviews since I’ve been around here. A lot of people seem to prefer the PreSonus Firebox with Cubase. I was wondering if some of you experienced recorders could help me chose a proper piece of hardware to use for my intended purposes.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I'm happy on PT and have used Cubase and Logic some other lower level midi sequencers.

    I still prefer the PT edit software and it does give some degree of x-platform support.

    I can see why heavy midi users find PT restrictive and why they lean toward Logic.

    Your budget is low and I feel the M-Box is a solid choice BUT don't forget the Midi Port.

    At this stage MIDI Patch changing in ProTools is just plain crap on both Platforms and this is dissapointing. I can't say for sure that the other programs are doing it any better either.
  3. JonLewis

    JonLewis Guest

    Especially for a beginner, I recommended N-track (you have to get it online, use Google to find it) if you are on a budget. The price is right, and it has all of the functionality you need. Then you can spend the rest of your budget on a good quality sound card; just about anything from M-Audio will do what you want it to. You can blow your whole budget on Cubase or something. The software will do you no good without a decent sound card.

    Good luck,
  4. JoeCool

    JoeCool Guest

    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Kev, I've heard those comments before about the MIDI on several of these programs. However, MIDI really isn't a major concern for me.

    JonLewis, I've used N-track before on my old computer, but I really didn't care for it. It really lacked in a lot of things I was looking for. The sound card is obviously a priority, but I still need a program capable of performing the tasks I need.

    Help is still welcome. Thanks again,
  5. JonLewis

    JonLewis Guest

    What exactly are you looking for your software to do for you? (Not to sound like I am promoting N-Track but) how long ago did you use it, it is always being upgraded? It utilizes VST and Dx plugins with (theoretical) unlimited tracks, sub mixes and aux sends. The only thing I can see it lacks is a score editor, but “MIDI really isn't a major concern” to you. It even uses VST Native Instruments. Granted, it is not PT or Cubase but, it does not cost near what they do. Yes, the interface is different and takes some getting used to, but I have found it to be fully functional.
  6. Kswiss

    Kswiss Guest

    a firepod is 599 and includes Cubase LE. If you are only going to be single or double tracking though i'd go with an Mbox. If you might want to do more i'd go with firepod. Especially for starting out, it really doesn't matter what software as long as its high quality. Practically every tech i know likes the software that they used first, because its just what they're used to. Quality of sound isn't an issue between PT and Cubase, so i'd go with whatever interface you want and see what software comes with it.

  7. ahdonye

    ahdonye Guest

    Get the firepod. I hate cubase and haven't opened the program since the day I installed it, but the firepod works awsome with Cool Edit Pro 2/Adobe Audition.

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