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What would you like your DAW to do?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by acousticism, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. acousticism

    acousticism Guest

    What do you like or dislike about current DAW's such as ProTools and Cubase? What would you like your DAW to do that it cant at the present time? Is simple better, or is having a garage of options and windows?
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    I use Kristal.

    I like: Free. Loads fairly fast. Requires very little resources. It has a Live In module allowing it to be used as realtime FX. It rarely crashes.

    I dislike: ASIO support seems dodgy. VST support is poor, half them don't load (but I use MultiFX VST). It has a few bugs. No crossfading/advanced editing. Limited to 16 tracks in the mixer section. No envelopes. No MIDI support I know of.

    But I'm a control freak and I don't care if I have a million windows open. Alt+tab is your friend :D

    My priority list would be working ASIO support (ie, that doesnt crap out after 5 minutes) and proper crossfading without having to copy/paste to different tracks.
  3. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    I wish PT would support VST without having to buy a dodgy 3rd party VST wrapper.
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Which reminds me, I wish Steinberg would make the VST license open source, so linux apps can use them. Ardour is a near-PT replacement, for free, on Linux. But no VSTs either, except through "a dodgy 3rd party VST wrapper."
  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    VST is open enough that just about anyone can develop a plugin. Unfortunately it only supports Mac and Windows OS's AFAIK. Ardour works on OSX but still does not support VST. Why? I don't know.

    What I want is for a DAW that is it's own OS. Something that I can load without Windows or OSX running in the background. If Windows or OSX were open enough to allow for the hardware support while allowing for a full dismantling of the GUI so that all unnecessary applications could be removed entirely. I don't need my daw to be able to access the web or play games. I just want it to do it's thing unimpeded by the security necessary to maintain my privacy.

    It would also be great if that DAW came in the form of a Solid state drive requiring a one time set up procedure to enable the necessary hardware. The use of a key dongle which would double as a storage device allowing for updates via another Machine or via a dual boot system. The key only being necessary for updates but not for operation seeing that the DAW is essentially a piece of hardware and not a software install only. Maybe the dongle could enable ethernet capabilities while engaged but only via direct access to the update server.

    OK. Pie in the sky dreams. But i'm allowed to dream aren't i?
  6. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    "But i'm allowed to dream aren't i?"

    In Soviet Russia, No.
    (Or was it Communist Russia?)
  7. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    Turn into a pizza and 6-pack at midnight.
  8. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    What Would You Like Your DAW to Do?

    Automatically correct all my performance errors, automatically apply the correct amounts of EQ/Compression/FX, and then mix itself.

    I fear it's heading in that direction :roll:

    Oh, and if it could take out the trash on Thursdays...
  9. EricUndead

    EricUndead Guest

    "What Would You Like Your DAW to Do? "

    Cubase: I would like the undo button to work for level adjustments and other things that it doesn't do....

    hueseph I like your DAW/OS idea a lot though. I would want it to have internet support as well for updates but that is a good idea.
  10. BrianaW

    BrianaW Active Member

    Sound like 2" tape. :)
  11. Greener

    Greener Guest

  12. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    or an alesis adat with a masterlink?
  13. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Great suggestions, but ... I'd be happy with a pizza and six pack.

    There's a flavour of Ubuntu that comes bundled with lots of media apps - audio, video, image/3d editing. Stick in the CD, run the OS. If you want to install it permenantly on the hardware you *this is the difficult part* drag and drop a folder from the CD, to your hard drive.
    */difficult bit*
    Also you can customise it, then save your changes on a USB drive. Then, you just slap that in before booting the PC. You still need the CD but you *could* install it to the flash drive if it was big enough.
  14. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    EricUndead wrote:

    Not me! It's bad enough that I forget that I already undid the last take and end up undoing the wrong one. If it undid fader settings, eqs, fx settings and the like, I'd really muck things up. Thank God for REDO.
  15. EricUndead

    EricUndead Guest

    Maybe it should have the option of "power undo" or "forgetful engineer"

    My mouse seems to wonder and I forget to save stuff all the time.
  16. SeniorFedup

    SeniorFedup Guest

    i spent two days stripping my XP and now im bored at times and i wish i could still play hearts , or maybe switch my arrow icon into a black or waggy tail icon.

    . i wish my daw could open up all my vst's no matter how big the program.
  17. acousticism

    acousticism Guest

    From a visual standpoint, how would you like the menu systems to be
    set up?
  18. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

  19. acousticism

    acousticism Guest

    In your opinion, what are the most essential and basic tools needed for a DAW?
  20. EricUndead

    EricUndead Guest

    Compression, gate, limiter, reverb, EQ... Its nice to have different versions of those same things but that's what VST's are for I suppose.

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