Saffire Pro 26 - Mac Recording Software Options

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by donthaveone, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. donthaveone

    donthaveone Guest

    Hello, first post here.

    I recently purchased the saffire pro 26 (love it) and am using it on my PC recording with Sonar 6. However, I am looking to make my setup mobile by purchasing a MacBook. I currently have a 4 space rack with a power conditioner-Saffire-and a 2U drawer. I have never in my 27 years used a Mac and know absolutely nothing about them especially mac software.

    quick aside I just spent 438 dollars on hardware upgrades and vista ultimate I
    hate it and am not going to even register my copy, this is my inspiration for finally trying a Mac

    What i would like to know is what are the most popular/user-friendly/ affordable options for software that will meet my needs.

    My need is to have a mobile 8 track recording system for recording live shows and the occasional "in-house" recording"

    My initial plan is to track with the mac and then transfer file to my PC (XP Only) for mixing.

    What are my options for meeting my tracking needs. I am new to this so if there is any info that would be helpful let me know.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Your Mac will come loaded with Garage Band, an entry level DAW with integrated effects and instruments, it also supports the Audio Unit plugin standard.

    It can also record up to eight tracks at a time.

    Logic Express is the next step up from GB, it can load GB sessions, and contains all the effects and instruments found in GB.

    Digital Performer from MOTU works well also, comes with a good basic set of plugs.
    They offer a crossgrade from any DAW for $395

    Abelton's Live is a different animal but can function for your needs.

    Steinberg has issues on Macs, and I cannot suggest it, that's coming from a longtime Cubase user.

  3. donthaveone

    donthaveone Guest

    So, I tried out GB for the first time last night and was a little dissapointed that I cannot save to WAV files, but i did manage to find a aif converter since i am doing my mixing on my pc. My next question is, how do you specify where the GB session files write to. I have an external firewire HD ont he way and was trying to figure it out last night but could not.

    My next step is most likely to buy Sonar 6 for my mac since I have experience using it. Will Sonar work the same as it does on my PC ie save to wave files?

  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    when you start a GB session you can specify a location, if you are already started, do a save as. Also GB is 16bit only

    Sonar is PC only, you could use bootcamp to boot to XP, but there are issues with the Mac hardware and some audio interface drivers.

    Besides the apps I mentioned earlier, there's also Tracktion, and PTLE.

    There is also a beta of Reaper, that I'm currently looking at.

  5. donthaveone

    donthaveone Guest

    Thanks for that info...

    Have you any experience with Logic Express?

    How much of a step up is it from GB.
  6. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Yes, I used Express for several years, just upgrade to Logic Pro a couple of weeks ago.

    It's more complete app, with more pro features than GB. you can edit MIDI and audio with more detail. It also includes a few more virtual instruments and effects.

    Go out to Apple site and check out the video tours for Logic Pro and Express, the vids will give you a better idea of the capabilities.

    the logic express tour starts with an example of how you would enhance a GB song in Logic.

  7. donthaveone

    donthaveone Guest

    Express does seem to fit my needs more. I do live tracking, I just have no need for virtual tracks or drum loops or midi for that matter, which apple adds in as bonus features. I do like the fact that you can write the mix to wav files, that would eliminate having to have another pogram to convert from aif to wav.

    Thanks alot

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