I'm new, and I need help on software

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by subtletactics, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. XPpro/PC

    Currently using Acid pro 4.0

    Record vocals, maybe make beats. Genre: Rap, R and B

    Looking for: Something better and stronger than Acid Pro

    Gear I have so far: Behringer mixer, Shure ksm27, Soundblaster Audigy 2 Platinum Pro, MAudio Bx8s, monster cables, maudio keystation 88.

    Also plan on getting an echo or m-audio sound card

    Heh, can't afford pro tools, don't really need it right now, but I do need something alot better than Acid. Especially since I just got the midi controller. And by the way, what should I get next, a sound module or will the software be good enough for now?

    But yea I really need something to put me in the right direction

  2. golli

    golli Active Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    I'd say, by all means loose the soundcard and get an Echo Layla or Mia if budget is tight.
    And get the Sound Forge 7.0/CD Architecht 5.0, combo. Those are made by the same people that make Acid so they will integrade well with Acid.
    Sound Forge is one of the most powerfull audio editor you'll find.
    And CD A 5.0 means you can finish a demo or maybe even make the master your self when you'll be good at it.
    Lots of retail stores like GC and Zzounds sell them in combo packs.
    You allready have one of the best loop manipulation app out there.

    Hope this is helpfull.
  3. cool edit2.0 (adobe audition)

    i make rap music as well, I use cool edit pro 2.0 (now named adobe audition) if you get it and need any help with it feel free to email me chamillion@popstar.com, and good luck!
  4. THANKS ALOT but

    how about my midi controller, don't I need support for it. Example: Sound module or a software. Which should I get first?

    And software... which one is good for midi, I mean below pro tools, is it Reason, Sonar, Cubase or what? Acid's okay, but I think the programs I mentioned are better. But which of these is the best.

    I know I should get a new soundcard. Probably in a month or so. I think I wrote that I might be getting an echo soundcard or m-audio.
  5. by

    by Guest

    Sonor and Cubase would allow you to record vocals and do any sorta MIDI thing (beat making and such) and will support VST instruments (software sound modules) which there are alot of great ones for free even. You can try these programs out for free as well to get a better idea. I personally think they are much better option then Protools.

    What midi controller did you get? Ussually you can plug it into your computer via either USB or game port (MIDI cables) and sonar or cubase will recognize it.
  6. Thanks but

    my problem is which one should I get Sonar or Cubase
  7. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    Go with Cubase SX 2.02. You'll be compatible with Pro Tools (it's the OMF file support system that makes them compatible). I'm still using SX 1.06 for now (version 1 was'nt compatible), but will upgrade very soon. My first S/W package was Cakewalk Pro Audio 6.0 back in the day. I ran that until 7.0 came out. I kept that version until I did a competitive upgrade with Cubase VST 3.07. Then that lasted until SX hit the streets. I fell in love with the Steinberg products because of the visual layout & how stable and reliable it is. I feel more confident when recording because the computer works flawlessly. I'm using an Echo Layla 24/96 audio interface too along with a MOTU MTP A/V for midi. What I put in comes out with mirror imaging.
  8. aslaton

    aslaton Guest

    Here's a great deal on a vst instrument:
    http://www.esoundz.com/details/viewDetails.php?ProductID=217&referrer=home :)
  9. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    The $600 Digitranslator app is needed to convert OMF files into PT sessions.

    So OMF doesn't make it compatible unless the studio has invested in Digitranslator.

    OMF can be imported into video apps like Avid, and Final Cut Pro.
  10. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    Here is a link for a $49 software. I have a friend who uses it and likes it... (I have a mac myself)
  11. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    oops, forgot the link! power tracks pro is the program

  12. doctorfish

    doctorfish Guest

    ACID Pro 4 is great software for what you want to do.

    I'd say get Reason and use Rewire to use it within ACID so that you have everything you need. ACID is the best for looping and it supports VST instruments as well so you wouldn't really be lacking in anything you need or want to accomplish.

    Are you having trouble with ACID, something to make you think it isn't good enough?

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