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purchasing a home studio - MBox2 or firepod w/ sonar 5?

Discussion in 'Sonar' started by Kilza, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Kilza

    Kilza Guest

    Hello, i have been looking into purchasing a home studio type deal, im not all to formilliar with everything

    i went to two music stores and both had a completely different out look

    one said to get the MBox2 because its the easiest to set up and is great for starting up

    the other said to get a firepod w/ sonar 5

    the firepod's 8 consectutive recording tracks is alot better of a set up for me, than the mbox's 2, and the fact that protools and digidesign products only work with each other is kind of a draw back, not really for now, but if i get more serious into recording and want to get a program like reason or project 5

    but, the mbox deal is really good and requires a lot less to set up

    haha the firepods on sale till saturday the 31st, so i wanna figure out what would be best for me by then so i can save 100 dollars if i chose the firepod
     
  2. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    What kinda music you wanna make? On PC or Mac?

    With mbox 2 you get midi and audio hardware all in one plus software... could be sweet. Doesn't it come with a version of reason as well?

    I'm not familiar with sonar. I don't think its particularly well regarded. I like Logic (mac only).
     
  3. Spookym15

    Spookym15 Guest

    GO with what you feel more comfortable with. The standard is Pro Tools. I like pro tools kinda, like the gear dont like digidesign so much but they could get better over time. I dont know sonar but like i said it is what you feel comfortable with, ask youself do you want to do this as a job if so go pro tools because everyone uses it...well almost but you know what I mean. If you are doing this as just a hobby then go with the firepod. I have heard a few good things about it.
     
  4. Spookym15

    Spookym15 Guest

    GO with what you feel more comfortable with. The standard is Pro Tools. I like pro tools kinda, like the gear dont like digidesign so much but they could get better over time. I dont know sonar but like i said it is what you feel comfortable with, ask youself do you want to do this as a job if so go pro tools because everyone uses it...well almost but you know what I mean. If you are doing this as just a hobby then go with the firepod. I have heard a few good things about it.
     
  5. Kilza

    Kilza Guest

    well, i play in a punk/reggae band, but im also interested in making kindof trippy wierd rock stuff such as ween,

    i have a pretty nice PC too
     
  6. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    The bottom line is ... do you want to use Pro Tools or not? If you plan on being able to share projects with other studios on a regular basis, I would suggest Pro Tools. The majority of other studios, and even other home users, use Pro Tools and your chances of being able to share projects greatly increases when you do, too. I used Cakewalk and Sonar for years on the PC until I got sick of not being able to share projects with others. My decision was made.

    If sharing doesn't matter to you, going with another software will likely save you money and will also open up many more hardware options (read: more decisions). Drawbacks of Pro Tools LE include a 32 track limit, no time code and having to have hardware attached in order to use it. In other words, wouldn't it be nice to do some editing on your laptop, say, on a plane? Better bring your mbox along for the ride, too.

    And by the way, Sonar is a top-tier program, on par with Cubase, Logic, DP, et al.
     
  7. Hardtailed

    Hardtailed Guest

    I've been using Cakewalk since version 3 (that is, Cakewalk 3, much older than Sonar 3!), I doubt one could go wrong with Sonar 5, it really is a great program. And if you want to record drums, you will need at least 4 simultaneous inputs so the Firepod is great for that. Note that it comes with a light version of Cubase.

    The only drawback of the Firepod for me is the lack of a DSP mixer, which means you can't get 0 latency mixing for monitoring what you're tracking. THe only time it really becomes a problem is if you're tracking a whole band at once. THere are ways around it though.
     
  8. slowjett

    slowjett Guest

    This is untrue. You have to turn of track monitoring in cuebase and turn the MIX knob back towards input till you get the desired levels.


    -Josh
     

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