Skip to main content
forums, blogs, song critique, support & more...

Which DAW and operating Sys. do you use and why?

[list]

  • Which DAW and operating system do you use and why? class="xf-ul">
  • Tags

    Comments

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    greendestiny Tue, 06/11/2002 - 21:17

    Im now running a Mac G4 with digi001
    and have it locked up with my AW4416
    giving me more trax and faders to play with.
    Also lets me add some cool fx on the way in.

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    bigtree Tue, 06/11/2002 - 21:29

    Henchman, what's the cost for the system, can you break it down a bit? Fairlight sounds very good. I've always liked their keyboards so I can imagine the recorder is the same quality.

    Member for
    19 years 8 months

    Doublehelix Wed, 06/12/2002 - 03:42

    I hear people complain that Cubase is unstable, but I have found it to be fairly rock solid on my system. (Intel PIII 1GHz, ASUS mobo...etc.). I have now upgraded to Cubase SX, and it *really* rocks, and also seems quite stable (even more so, if that is possible!).

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    bgober Wed, 06/12/2002 - 03:51

    as far as DAW's are concerned i started off with the Yamaha DSP Factory running(more or less) on a 500Mgz P2 using Cakewalk Pro 7/8/9. I've been a Cakewalk user as far back as the Yamaha C1 (who remembers this?), which I used primarily for MIDI. I think I still have my original Cakewalk version 1 or 2 install floppies somewhere. Anyhue (an Opus-ism), now I run the Delta Omni Studio with SONAR 2.0 on an ANUS(thanks Opus) 1.8Ghz PC. I've barely had time to boot it up since the build but so far it's been a love fest. i had friends who were mac/apple junkies and i use to droool over some of the things they could do but they had cash flow i didn't. i'm kinda glad the way it turned out actually. i ended up with a good system with money left over to spend on other things like therapy, sedatives, forums(well spent),,,,

    Member for
    20 years 2 months

    Opus2000 Wed, 06/12/2002 - 06:48

    It seems there are quite a bit of Sonar users which surprises me do to the lack of VST support and certain synchronization issues..
    Sonar users..what latency do you get? What audio cards do you use with it? How about sync? DO you ever use it and if you did how easy was it to configure? Curious to know
    Opus

    Member for
    19 years 1 month

    themidiroom Wed, 06/12/2002 - 08:07

    I'm using Sonar 1.31 (haven't upgraded to 2.0 as of yet)
    For the most part, it works flawlessly. It's running on a dual Athlon MP2000+ Windows 2000, 1GB of RAM and I use a Gina 24 sound card. The system is extremely stable and very low latency.
    I can successfully mix a 50 track project with an eq and compressor on each track, a few limiters on the mains, and at least a couple reverbs here and there.

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    mixfixer Wed, 06/12/2002 - 10:27

    My primary DAW system is Samplitude Producer 2496. (WHAT? not Pro Tools, you ask?). No offense to PT users out there (it's a great program), but I think Samp2496 is at least on par with Pro Tools (in fact, Pro Tools has only recently caught up to it, audio resolution-wise) and it runs completely native, which makes is MUCH more cost effective than PT. In addition to it's already excellent assortment of built-in effects, I augment it with the usual host of Direct-X and VST plugins (Waves, Blue, DSP/FX, HyperPrism, TCWorks, Steinberg, yadayadayada). I'm good to go for any type of work from simple editing, to CD mastering, to full blown movie soundtrack/Sound Design/Foley/Mix work - including 5.1 surround. A very powerful and versatile tool, indeed!

    Member for
    19 years 7 months

    Kev Wed, 06/12/2002 - 11:44

    Sorry for the late reply but I don't hang here often, usually over the other side or well ... umm lurking else where with old friends. :eek:

    More than one 001 system on loan to musicians to get their projects started.

    One 001 system in another room of the house for Muso's to go and use so they can argue about parts and arangements while I get some work done. This machine also has FCP in it.

    I have an MBox ordered but am waiting for the 5.3 ver. to be shipped with it.

    There is even a PTfree system out with a friend who is writing some Midi stuff as backing and click tracks for his new project.

    Things will get so much easier when LE gets 32 tracks.

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    suspec57 Wed, 06/12/2002 - 13:02

    yo opus: haven't had one prob yet (using sonar)since i did a clean install and i'm still on an 800mhz pc. but i am still looking for a control surface that i want to go with, have any suggestions(must have automation)? oh as far as sound cards go, i'm using echo products (gina24, the best for the buck) the only sync prob i ever got using any cakewalk product was trying to sync a roland vs880. though we did sync it (very easily too) BUT for some reason it never SYNC'S PROPERLY and i've tried looking everywhere to try to find a solution and no luck. this was done at another home studio trying to incorporate one, didn't want to try to do it on mine.

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    mwilliams Wed, 06/12/2002 - 18:17

    Soundscape user for 8 years
    Pro Tools until 5 years ago
    Soundscape is cheaper and more reliable
    but cannot do as much but most of those extra things are not needed by most users anyway.
    Soundscape is a Rock Solid system.
    Mark Williams
    Mildura
    Australia

    Member for
    19 years 7 months

    Henchman Wed, 06/12/2002 - 22:29

    Originally posted by audiokid:
    Henchman, what's the cost for the system, can you break it down a bit? Fairlight sounds very good. I've always liked their keyboards so I can imagine the recorder is the same quality.

    Depends on what you want. A new 48 channel Dream sattleite will run about 60k CDN. But tah inckludes all the I/O for 48 channels.

    You can get some good eals on MFX3plus machines. Usually starting around 10k US. But we just picked up a used one from a Repo sale in the US for $1800,- US.

    Member for
    19 years 7 months

    Kev Wed, 06/12/2002 - 22:32

    oops ..

    I incorrectly voted ... I said PC when I should have said Mac !! :o

    BUT I use both !!

    and there is no MBox or Korg 1212 card and I can't vote for 001 at the same time as ProTools ...

    Aaaggghhh!
    :D

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    stedel Thu, 06/13/2002 - 00:15

    Originally posted by Henchman:

    Originally posted by audiokid:
    Henchman, what's the cost for the system, can you break it down a bit? Fairlight sounds very good. I've always liked their keyboards so I can imagine the recorder is the same quality.

    Depends on what you want. A new 48 channel Dream sattleite will run about 60k CDN. But tah inckludes all the I/O for 48 channels.

    You can get some good eals on MFX3plus machines. Usually starting around 10k US. But we just picked up a used one from a Repo sale in the US for $1800,- US.

    A new 48 channel Dream sattelite will run about 60k CDN. But that inckludes all the I/O for 48 channels.

    Hmm think about that folks. If you want, that's 48 channels of very high quality analog I/O's included in the price.

    Or a mix of analog and digital 96kHz. Not your average MOTU, Digi, or Apogee deal.

    PS Henchman, what can I say...damn. MFX envy!!! :cool:

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    bgober Thu, 06/13/2002 - 03:31

    originally posted by Opus2000

    Well, since Sonar is cheaper than most applications it will tend to be the most popular..

    in my case i started using Cakewalk over 10 years ago as i said primarily for midi and as a registered user the upgrade price was just too good to ignore. lately i've been tempted to leave the Cakewalk/SONAR club but when i begin to think about the cost and learning curve and then they come out with a new release or upgrade and....i just installed 2.0

    as far as latency, i just got mine down to 2.7 but i really have not had the time to put it to the test. based on the readings i'm getting i think i'll be able to get it below 2 and still get an acceptable track/plugin count. i might be dreaming, but hell i do that all the time..we'll see.

    Member for
    19 years 4 months

    Jim Chapdelaine Thu, 06/20/2002 - 15:01

    I also use 2 systems.
    PTHD3 for the muscle and daily grind.
    (And because people say 'do you have pro tools?)
    But ONLY with Apogees as a front end (don't ask)

    I also use Nuendo for fun and because in 2 years it will be as prevalent as Pro Tools so you may as well learn it now. BTW - Nuendo already supports
    384k sample rates at 32 bits and has been tested with 512 stereo interleaved tracks. You know,
    in case you want to comp vocals for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    airbiker202 Sat, 06/22/2002 - 01:34

    Running Sonar 2.0 with 2 Aark24s, 2 ADAT XT20s and a BRC. I use the Aardvarks for house clock and the BRC as the SMPTE master. I don't usually have to deal with much MIDI stuff, but it seems to sync fine. Soft synth latency is poor, but I never use them anyway. This is because of the Aark24 MMC drivers, not Sonar. Aardvark recently put out drivers for XP/W2k, if you really need low latency.

    PC is 1.6GHz P4, 1/2Gb Rimm, IDE Raid controller, etc. I've yet to use enough tracks to cause any glitches. I ran a 128 track test once (24bit/48kHz), just to see and it ran great. If that's not enough, what is?

    ADAT sync is at least frame accurate, but probably not sample accurate. Using a house clock smooths out any potential problems there. Optical transfer works great between Aark24s and ADATs.

    I worked with 2" tape for years and then on Pro Tools (with Aardvark clocks). Pro Tools is great, but overpriced. My current setup lets me do everything I cared about in Pro Tools and cost a fraction of the price. Sound quality is excellent and my clients are happy. Hard to beat in my opinion. I'd rather spend the extra money on cool mics anyway.

    Ian

    Member for
    51 years 5 months

    TheRealWaldo Wed, 06/26/2002 - 12:40

    I'm also on misc. operating systems... NT4.0 Server, NT4.0 wkstn, W2K, W98, several *nix's, and even some old Mac OS versions... But then, I have much more than one machine...

    W.

    x