Differences between Pro Tools and Cubase

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by ZacharyAllenW, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Hey, let me start by saying I'm completely new to computer recording and I'm needing help getting set up. I'm looking to spend about $700 (maybe $800) for a small setup. I know I'll need software, and interface, a mic, monitors, and a midi keyboard. However, I've already got decent monitors and I'm hoping I can forego the keyboard for a while. That being said, I've been looking at the $250 Pro Tools in this bundle

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    Is this a decent bundle?

    Also, I'm looking at the $400 Cubase and I if I got this what else should I get to fit within in my budget?

    I'm looking to record my own music with on guitar and bass and vocals and put drums and other instruments over them, but I want to create digital music as well. I'm kind of getting the vibe that Pro Tools is more for recording and Cubase is more for music creation?

    I'm running on Vista by the way. Thank you so much in advance. Sorry!
  2. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    If you are just recording yourself one or two tracks at a time, try Presonus Firebox. It comes with Cubase LE, which will allow you to record and mix as many as 48 tracks.

    I'm a fan of both Presonus and Cubase. I use Presonus Firestation and Cubase SX (and Cubase LE). They will provide you with a great starter setup, and leave you some cash for mics, etc...
  3. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    Simply put: don't worry about ProTools if you're not a pro ;-) I cannot think of a reason why anyone would use PT in their bedroom studio.

    I'd do what tifftunes suggests. ProTools needs Digidesign or qualified M-Audio interfaces to work. Cubase just needs the USB-dongle and work with every interface you plug in (even Digidesign). Some people like creating in other DAWs than Cubase. It is a matter of taste.
  4. Alright then well if I go with Cubase studio 4 what is a good mic and interface that together would fall within the $300 range.
  5. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    If you went the route of Cubase, M-Audio makes the Fast Track for around $100.

    But, Digidesign has the Mbox 2 Mini. You get the interface as well as Pro Tools LE for about $300, so it's really not a bad deal. Nice way to save a few hundred bucks.

    Personally I would go with the Mbox 2 Mini and save my money for a better quality mic. There's nothing wrong with running Pro Tools LE as a personal system. If you're gonna run more than one mic at a time, definitely check out the FireBox.

    The AKG Perception series mics are pretty versatile and start around $100. But you still haven't said what you wanted to record ...
  6. As far as music goes I want to create hip-hop tracks as well as add sound effects over my own rock songs....so I would need to the mic for vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica....I would need the interface for electric guitar and bass

    This is what I'm looking at now as a beginning setup

    Cubase studio 4
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    Lexicon Lamba Interface
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    Would this be an alright setup? Anything else I'd need? Thank ya'll so much already.
  7. machen

    machen Guest

    its all amatter of personal prefrence and opinion , however if your new to DAW's then i would go for cubase this may be more expensive however the layout is much easier to use for the beginner.
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