Noobie goes shopping for software...

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Sloom, May 9, 2005.

  1. Sloom

    Sloom Active Member

    And I'm only spending this bread once!

    I have a PC, 2 GHz; 512MB of DDR 400 RAM, etc... Tascam US-428 and some 'cracked' software (Hey, it was given to me by a bass student! I didn't do it!). Now, I'm looking to get legal, quit learning 3 or 4 programs, and to spend some little bread on an Audio-based sequencer I can get used to, and then forget about the fact it's software. Upgrade, schmupgrade.

    And I'm not presently involved with MIDI.

    I've looked at Cubase SE, Sonar, and Cool Edit (Audition, yes). Everyone has an opinion, and that's good- but here are my requirements:

    -Needs to act (and look sort of) like a mixer.
    -Needs to support the use of my Tascam controller.
    -Should be able to convert several different sample types to wav/mp3.
    -Should be able to record, mix, etc., and support multiple soundcards.
    -4-band EQ: Peak/Hi-Lo Pass/Shelving. Sonar Producer's is very nice...(but I'll get off that 'touchy' subject!) :)
    -I don't need 'Surround', or other extra features that'll keep me on the learning curve beyond the necessity of basic, general audio work.
    -But... editing for video might be fun.

    Would Cubase SE answer these req's? The price is right, and I know it works well with the US-428. Sonar 4 Sudio?

    Thanks for reading my laborious post!

    Sloom, a Noob.
     
  2. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    nevermind
     
  3. Sloom

    Sloom Active Member

    Great record.
     
  4. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    I recommend Cubase and more RAM.
     
  5. Sloom

    Sloom Active Member

    Cubase...SE, for instance? That will do all the noted items on this list? The ads dont' really make it all that clear (to my fuddled head) how the thing really works.

    Of course, I'm going to have to just dive in, and stop sticking my toe in the water...

    Thanks for the replies. folks.
     
  6. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    -Needs to act (and look sort of) like a mixer.

    Cubase has a built in mixer (most audio programs do)

    -Needs to support the use of my Tascam controller.

    You said it does

    -Should be able to convert several different sample types to wav/mp3.

    Wav I'm sure of, mp3 maybe not, but you should be able to find something free that will ruin your music for you ;)

    -Should be able to record, mix, etc., and support multiple soundcards

    Not sure about multiple soundcards, especially in XP.

    -4-band EQ: Peak/Hi-Lo Pass/Shelving. Sonar Producer's is very nice...(but I'll get off that 'touchy' subject!)

    It should have an EQ.

    -I don't need 'Surround', or other extra features that'll keep me on the learning curve beyond the necessity of basic, general audio work.

    "SE" stands for "Start Edition", that sounds about right for you. It gives you the option to upgrade when you get better at it.

    -But... editing for video might be fun.

    I didn't see anything about this in the documentation for SE.
     
  7. karbomusic

    karbomusic Active Member

    Yes, most any mutlitrack software has this plus an "arrange" screen

    Probably not, Nuendo does I think.

    Will do wave/aiff, maybe broadcast wave, maybe wave 64. MP3 no... as that is usually done in a mastering program such as cool edit or wavelab. ... MP3 is a compressed lossy format so their is too much decoding/encoding to be done as well as many other choices/problems using MP3 for multitracking... Not that other software doesn't (it may), but I don't see the point/advantage.. It is a final output type of format so to speak...

    Should do this no problem. All supported cards should show up in "devices" etc in Cubase. Most of the time if you can properly install the sound card in the host OS, it can be seen/accessed by Cubase as it reports what the OS tells it is installed. Once that is accomplished, your only issue would be how well cubase talks to the drivers.

    Should do this, Yes (cant remember but should)

    Don't know if it does. However Nuendo has plenty of surround sound support.

    May be able to load a video into the interface but no editing of that video if I remember correctly. Again, Nuendo has more video support but even it only allows audio based edits such as replacing the audio in the video file. etc. I believe...

    Hope this helps-

    Karbo
     

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