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Urgent: Advice Needed on Recording Gear

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Silverwulf, May 7, 2004.

  1. Silverwulf

    Silverwulf Guest

    This is my first post here, so "hello" to everyone! Over the last few years of playing/recording, it's hard to believe I didn't run across this board sooner! :) So, I'm hoping to get some advice, and you guys look like the people to turn to.

    I'm looking for a good drum program to use for home recording. I have some experience using Fruity Loops, but that's about it. I have recently heard the samples from the Drumkit From Hell, and I was very impressed with it. After researching, I see that they have a new Superior version, but multiple DVD's and 35 GB of material is more than I need! So, I think that the standard DFH editions would do fine.

    I am currently going to use a program to record with on my computer. I will be using a Dell PC with a Pentium 4, 120 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB of RAM, and a SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Soundcard. I realize this isn't as "professional" quality as a lot for people may have, but it's what I have to work with. I have used Cool Edit Pro in the past for recording, and now they have become Adobe Audition. With all that said, here's my questions:

    Is Adobe Audition 1.0 worth using, or so you think using SONAR would be a better alternative? I see that a lot of people use SONAR, and I've heard a lot of great things about it. If I were to switch to SONAR, do you think there would be a huge learning curve in my transition from Cool Edit Pro?

    I would like to use the Drumkit From Hell sounds for my drums. I have seen that the Drumkit From Hell 2 comes with a version of a sampling device. If I buy the Drumkit From Hell 2, would I need any other software to use it, or could I make and create drums for my songs using the software that comes with it? Is there anything in Adobe Audition or SONAR that would allow me to use DFH, or perhaps use it with Fruity Loops that I already have?

    I have been using Fruity Loops for a little while and am fairly comfortable with it (far from advanced, though). If there was a way to use the DFH sounds with it, that would be great, or if the DFH 2 has it's own software, that would be great too.

    Any insight that you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated. I guarantee I'm a novice compared to most here, so your wisdom is definitely needed. Thanks in advance to everyone who offers some help! :)
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I would definitely switch from Audition to Sonar (or Cubase) if I were you. Sonar is probably the most intuitive and user friendly app I have ever used, so the learning curve won't be a problem. As for DKFH, yes, version 2 comes with a special edition of Kompakt from Native Instruments that will allow you to use the samples with no other sampling program. I have the opriginal DKFH and i think you're really going to like it.
  3. Silverwulf

    Silverwulf Guest

    Thanks for the advice! Is there any version of Sonar that you would recommend that I get?

    For the original DFH that you have...would it work with a program like Fruity Loops? Thanks!
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    The version of Sonar you get depends on how professional you need your setup to be. I would guess that you would be happy with Sonar 3.0 Studio Edition. Go to the site, compare and contrast features, and ask us back here if you're wondering if you need certain features or not.

    You could use the original DKFH with fruity loops if you used a sampler as a plugin, but I can't imagine why you'd want to! Once you start using something like Sonar and a nice virtual sampler, you will wonder how you ever tolerated Fruity Loops... I did.
  5. Ellegaard

    Ellegaard Active Member

    I've only worked with Cubase, and I highly recommend it. It's very intuitive, doesn't take more than ten minutes to start recording the first track, and although it's simple it's dead powerful. Your computer seems fine - but I don't really know your soundcard. Most importantly, it has to support ASIO, and in that case it will work with almost anything and give you incredibly low latency. I use a M-Audio FireWire 410 audio card with which I'm extremely pleased - and I can carry it with me and record on the road in conjunction with my laptop, still getting a fine audio quality and using VST effects and instruments real time although the laptop is remarkably slower, some Pentium 3 1 gHz 256 Mb RAM.

    And I also highly recommend Drumkit from Hell. I have the standard edition which is fine in my home studio. I load it into Native Instruments' Battery, an excellent drum sampler, and the keyboard layout is fantastic.

    Cubase SX2 is rather expensive, but a good investment. If it's too much, Steinberg Studio Case is an excellent package that includes a limited version of Cubase (that can later be upgraded) and a number of very useful plugins.

    I'm sure Sonar will do the job as well - I just don't have any experience with it at all; all I can say is that Cubase works fine!

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