Recording software for PC, please help me choose which one

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by neptun_krusen, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. i have these option to choose from:

    Cubase SX v.2.0
    Nuendo 2
    Sonar 4 Producer edition
    Emagic Logic Audio Platinum v.5.5.1

    and all kinds of add-on's, bundles etc..

    which interface would you choose?
    i'm recording 60's rock, ala the Faces, the Who + plus singer songwriter and ambient music.

    i have an AMITECH 48xx w/
    64 bit AMD
    60GB 7200rpm
    2x512mb RAM

    i mostly recording "in the field" - meaning travel around to record people. but i have my studio set up here at home.

    - ced
  2. VMX

    VMX Guest

    Presonus FirePod ($599)
  3. thanks.
    i know about the firepod, and it seems nice and all, but it didn't have the sepcs that i was after, so i got a MOTU 896 instead.

    back on topic, i actually meant, what SOFTWARE (sorry - i wrote interface... :? :-? ) would you choose of the ones i've listed?

    SONAR 4 seems like the "best, most pro-choice", but i find it very dissatisfying and kinda hard to really get in to.
    Nuendo 2 seems much easier.

    anywho... what would YOU choose ?
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    You're asking about recording software ... I'll edit your post to reflect this ..

    I recomend either Nuendo or Cubase.
  5. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    i recommend the one kurt likes more if it was on your list... Pro tools Le
    :) just kidding

    if you're a novice and are entering the world of recording i'd recommend cool edit pro! it's a great tool! if you work with midi much cubase sx3 is the answer! if video is a part of your world too nuendo!
  6. MrPhil

    MrPhil Guest

    I would recommend Vegas4 or 5 depending on OS, and if you don't need midi.
  7. BenLindell

    BenLindell Guest

    Cubase all the way

  8. buzz

    buzz Guest

    Their is another option SAW Studio goto and download the demo , it's like a big console and sounds great

  9. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    You can see what others think of most of the software here

    Cubase and Nuendo seem to be the most popular applications for home studios among RO users, according to this poll ... I supect that this transelates to the real world. Pro studios mostly use PTHD .... but IMO this is changing. A lot of people are getting tired of Digidesigns expense, being forced to buy / use lame hardware and constant updates / upgrades that render the older versions obsolete.
  10. Jbon

    Jbon Guest

    as in Ableton.. mom's Ableton Live is what you want if you aint got no aversion to fun and fantasm
  11. BillC

    BillC Guest

    I haven't used Nuendo, so can't comment on it's usability. Nuendo (positioned as a "media production" platform, rather than music, for what that's worth), is expensive, i.e., 3x what Sonar would cost, street, with Steinberg's surround facilities added. It has an excellent reputation but you'll have to decide for yourself if the value proposition is there. I never liked the Cubase interface much.

    I use Sonar, and have the Producer Edition. I like it quite a lot and it's been dead stable on my PC (also AMD). Sonar 4 was a *huge* improvement over Sonar 2, and up to that point, I had considered switching myself. (God knows to what)

    I demo'd Tracktion not too long ago. Honestly, I thought the interface was, well, a little weird. Now that I have a copy courtesy of buying a Mackie product recently, and have spent more time with it, I find that it's actually very intuitive. As just one example, I like the way that processing and FX "flow" at the right side of tracks (Mackie term is "rack filters"), and the way that settings, meters, etc. are variously presented graphically in the icon of the insert itself, on popups, and in the information area at the bottom of the screen. Very little is done through menus. I don't particularly like it's Help features or project management approach.

    It will be interesting to see where Tracktion goes, long-term, but it's not in the same feature league as the other products - yet. Overall it appears to be a very good product, especially right out of the gate, for very, very little money (free to $80 online download).
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