Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by ell man, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. ell man

    ell man Guest

    hi all!

    been using sonar le for a while, finding it very frustrating.

    so my question to you guys is:

    if im looking for a software to record and mix and edit etc on a high professional level, but without any midi or synth or anything (all audio), do i really have to get a software like sonar or cubase or something, or could i get the same results with audacity?

    ive heard horrible things about it, and also some very good things. im wondering if id be making a mistake putting my projects in the hands of this free and simple software..

    so can i get pro results if only dealing with audio, or do i have to go and get something more heavy duty?
    casue honestly, seems to me the reasons for the 'big' daw's being better all have to do with midi and so on, and when it comes down to analog mic-to-software audio, there's no reason to go so far.

    what do you say?

    thanks so much for your input!
    (-; ell
  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    Your best bet I think would be to try out all the demo versions you can of different DAW software and see which one is the most intuitive and easiest for you to work with...I've tried trial/demo versions of Reaper and I have SonarLE but I use Cubase4 which works fine for me! It has waaay more going on in there than I'll ever figure out.....they all work pretty much the same, but some have a better workflow for setting up tracks and some look better graphically than others....and on and until you actually try using them you won't download and try them all and then you decide....!!!
  3. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Check out Cakewalk/Sonar's youtube page. They have tons of tutorials there. It's always a good idea to read manuals as well. The thing is, most DAWs work in a similar way. If you want to continue to get better at what you do, you need to get familiar with some of the basic concepts. Many of which are based around an analog model. IE: mixing desk with buses and a patch bay. Buy a few books and read.

    If you want something that's completely designed from a point and click perspective, check out Tracktion 3 which, oddly enough, is losing traction as a modern DAW. I'm not entirely sure it can still be had but you can always check your local music shop.
  4. vinyljunkie

    vinyljunkie Guest

    I'm sure that audacity will do the job.
    Why don't you test it, it's free and really "light" program for
    your computer.

    But, for kinda more pro, I would vote for Sound forge. I really love it.
  5. ell man

    ell man Guest

    thanks all!

    i ended up getting reaper and wow am i happy!

    this is the experience a newb like me should be having imo - playing around intuitively figuring out new tricks and learning on the go. no million button interfaces and millions of settings that need to be done to get anything...

    thanks for the advise though, i'll look out for the daws you suggested.


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