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Orion for Mac recommendations?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by casemaker, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. casemaker

    casemaker Guest

    For years I used Orion to create all of my music. I became so familiar with it that nothing else (to me) was even close. About two years ago, I switched to an Apple. While I'm certain I'll never look back (to a PC) for anything else I do, I really miss the simplicity of that application. Any recommendations? Regards.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Never even heard of Orion. You might look into Reaper. Other than that, there's Logic and Garageband. Oh, and Digital Performer.
  3. casemaker

    casemaker Guest

    Thanks, I will check out Reaper. Orion was originally put out by Synapse. It was a formidable application for all of my needs. And I have sampled a few others out there, but I can't remember the names (Reason?) is that one? Anyway, Reaper may be the ticket here. Garageband is always enjoyable to kill some time, but I find it a bit restrictive and remedial when it comes to creative control.
  4. casemaker

    casemaker Guest

    Thought it might help to drop a sample of the way I used to use the audio workstation before I switched to Mac. This is an all original song, I crafted, and I'm seeking a simple application for Mac that will allow me to continue in this semblance. Regards.

    http://www.musicbeatmakerpro.com/tunes/Wrong Way -- All I Want to Hear.mp3
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    I can't help wondering why you switched to a platform that won't run your favorite software..? ;)

    Anyway, I don't think Reaper is what you are looking for. I'm a happy Reaper user, but its very much a linear DAW rather than a pattern based all-in-one studio like Orion. I think Reason might be the only competition on the mac...

    You could always dual boot into windows when you want to make music. :tongue:
  6. casemaker

    casemaker Guest

    You're right as rain on that point. :) I guess I could have researched the app a bit before switching. Then again, I was certain the software would work with either platform. I did once set up the parallel windows option; and Orion did run... but the nature of music creation (for me) is often memory and resource intense, and I never felt 'safe' running on the dual platform. Too risky for me. So be it. Time to learn something new.
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    I'm a PC and not particularly a Mac fan boi, but many many professional audio engineers dual boot Mac's and run DAW's on "Windows". There is no more reason for that to be a problem more than anything else-like the studio losing power. By all means though, try some new software. That is how we all learn and grow, by expanding what we know through experience. I think your biggest concern will not be the DAW software but learning your way around the Mac considering you've been on a PC all this time.
  8. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    Orion is basically a sequencer with built in sound generators.

    You probably already have Garage Band preloaded on your machine, Garage Band is basically a simplified version of Logic. http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/
    It has builtin instruments and effects, based on the ones found in Logic Pro.

    If your needs are more advanced take a look at Logic Pro or Logic Express. http://www.apple.com/logicexpress/

    Reason is a bank of soft instruments and effects with a simple sequencer, however it doesn't record audio. http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason/

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