advice on computer music recording please

Discussion in 'Computing' started by bigtree1969, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. bigtree1969

    bigtree1969 Guest

    I'm currently using Cubase VST 5.1 (Mac) in conjunction with an Akai S5000 & a Technics WSA-1 synth, along with my guitar rig & recording drums from a TD12 midi kit. My Mac (G3 ibook) won't go much further due to ramm resitictions.

    Becaiuse of this I was considering biting the bullet & swapping to Protools (with the M-box) & Logic 7.1.1 & running both on a G5 twin 2.3 Mac, as I like the idea of both packages against the S5000 / Cubase system (& maybe even selling the WSA-1 for a straight forward midi controller) & the G5 should handle both packages without limitation (so I'm led to believe...)

    Can anyone tell me if this is a sensible avenue to go down or am I wasting my money (£3000+)?

  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    it is probably impossible for anyone except you yourself to say if it is wasted money. It depends so much on what you are planning to do with it.

    The MBox is a nice little box in many respects, but many of us has hit the limit as far as number of input channels, as there are only two. If you are staying within that limit you can use it for a lot of nice things. If you need more channels I would think that you would be better of spending your money on some other interface, especially since the portability of the MBox does not seem to be you main idea. Just perhaps a Motu 828mkII could be an idea?

    Yet another thing is that having both ProTools and Logic is not really making sense on an amateur level. My thinking is that it is much better to go with one of them and learn that one really well. It will most probably be confusing to switch between them as keyboard shortcuts will differ and even concepts will have different names.

    Both apps are good for a lot of things and will probably not be the limiting factor for you, both have strenghts and weaknesses. Both can be found in the tool set of professionals but none of them makes the sound happen, you have to do that yourself. It is like having a few types of knifes (the tools) and wood (the talent) and making sculptures.

    As you are already familiar with Cubase, just maybe you should take a look at a newer version of that program instead. I get the impression that things has changed quite a bit there over the years.

    (Personally I run only Windows, mainly Samplitude. Each to his own).
  3. jahme

    jahme Guest

    it all depends if u actually need pro tools. if ur happy with ur music production wit the softwares ur using, then i say u stick with it. if u get pro tools, yes, u gotta spend 1000's of dollars after it. i suggest u go and try out pro tools on a different studio and tell urself whether or not u want to work on it and make it ur base music production software.
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