Need help choosing audio/midi recording/mixing software plea

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Multani, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Multani

    Multani Guest

    ok- i heard one of the veteran posters on here say that you should always chose your software first and then the platform will find itself. i think this makes sense so i am trying to decide which software would best suite my needs.

    with my DAW- i will mostly be recording myself (i play guitar), and then using MIDI to add in backing stuff and drums. i will hopefully also be recording full drum kits and vocals (not simultaeneously-SP?) in order to make good quality demos for my band/future bands.

    so- about 8 tracks simultaeneous recording at most with total track count (MIDI+Audio) of anything between (cos i will rarely record real drums) 5 tracks with midi drums and 20 tracks with real drums-effects on all. all in stereo at standard 24-bit/96khz and maybe even at 192khz.

    so i will need good audio recording and midi equally.

    i have tryed Logic experess wich was awseome for midi (but will it handle my real Audio needs?) and i own Cubasis which is a really low quality EXTREMELY cut-down Cubase. the engineer recording my band uses Pro Tools and it seems ok for audio. i have heard of other software like Acid, Reason, cakewalk.

    i am willing to go out and try any software, so- what would what you guys advise me to go for??

    also- concerning 64-bit processing- are any of the above software able to run at 64-bit yet? or are we still waiting for 'em to make that available?

  2. I've been very happy with Samplitude 7 Pro. Of course, I got it for a ridiculously low price (and I feel like the full price is too high).

    Mackie's Tracktion is an interesting program. It's fairly inexpensive and has a 64-bit mixdown option.

    Cakewalk's SONAR is very popular and tends to be lower in price than its peers.

    Logic is a wonderful program. I'm not sure what the differences between the pro and express versions are, but I would imagine the express version should be able to handle audio very well.
  3. Multani

    Multani Guest

    ok- thanks- now i have 3 more softwares to add to the ever increasing list of "need to try" things"!
  4. axel

    axel Guest

    if you consider midi as an important part, then logic is the deal plus it gives you about all your audio needs you will have, e.g. multitrack recording etc. in express 32 channels 8 buses that's plenty...

    samplitude is great too, but by far not as strong in the midi department, "independend from the platform" i think logic and actually DP are giving you the best of both worlds, midi and audio...
  5. Multani

    Multani Guest

    ok, thanks- so far logic and cubase (just cos i have used it before and i can acquire it easier) are leading but i have heard alot about pro tools and that many professional studios use it. seen as i am looking for a career centered around this kind of stuff it might make sense to familiarize myself with pro tools? but all of these programs have the same general layout and way of working right? they are not too dissimilar- looking at logic and cubase............................

    but with pro-tools i heard that u can use only two kinds of interface- either by M-audio or an m-box (i think)- which is a snag.......

    also - what are buses (where logic express has 8) ? it shows just how little i know still!

    and 32 tracks- is that audio or midi- either way it sounds good to me!

  6. axel

    axel Guest

    pro tools is very good, and yes a kind of studio standard for recording, but it sucks (big time) for midi IMO, nevertheless it's always good to know and being able to use Pro Tools...

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