SAW Studio comparison? opinion? experience?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by griffiti, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. griffiti

    griffiti Guest

    New to the world of recording, I'm learning more and more each day about options, alternatives, various types of equipment, brands, etc. Just this morning while drooling over the Mackie Controller home page, I noticed SAW Studio support. What is SAW Studio? So I checked out the web site, watched some of their videos, and overall I was pretty impressed. Unfortunately, it is quite pricey.

    Has anyone on these forums had experience with SAW Studio? What are your opinions? How does SAW Studio compare to other software solutions?

    Thanks. JG
  2. omaru

    omaru Active Member

    Sep 8, 2004
    Since you say you're new to recording, you would probably be best served by downloading the SAWStudio demo and giving it a tryout.
    This way, you may be more immediately open to the way the SAW interface works.

    All interfaces vary and, for long time users of other software, SAWStudio varies a lot. This is not to say it's a bad thing, just different.

    I'm a long time Cubase (pro 24 days) user so I initially struggled with the unfamiliar way of working. However, once I heard the remarkable difference in sound between SS and Cubase SX2, I was very enthusiastic about learning this new beast.

    As a basic test, I used a standard midi file with Hypercanvas in use on all channels, on both SAWStudio and Cubase SX2.

    Cubase SX2 played back fine and sounded OK.
    SAWStudio sounded like a rather heavy veil had been removed.
    Cleaner, deeper, wider.

    In all - I love what I get from this program. It is, in all respects, a very professional program.

    It does not have all the bells and whistles of Cubase SX2, but after 6 years of being so dissatisfied in PC land (previously I used Ataris), I'm now ready to roar again.

    Big thanks to SAWStudio


  3. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    A while ago I did a search to change from Protool LE to something else. SAWStudio was on my list. I finally selected another though, Samplitude, which you might want to include in the selection process as well. I cannot say in few words, probably do not know myself, why I did that choice at the time, but I cannot say I have been disappointed.


    If you are new to recording, I would however recommend you to start by learning a lot first. Both programs are "professional tools" and as such takes a bit of experience in order to be appreciated. Not that they necessarily are difficult to learn or so, but simply that they are really good at doing some things, and just perhaps, those things are not what you want to do on your computer. And, just perhaps, you are paying money for features that you simpy will not use. It sort of like drinking champagne to sausages with lots of mustard, the finer details sort of get lost.

    Some low cost, on-the-way learning alternatives might be the following, not that I am an expert in any way:
    -- Cubasis VST
    -- Audacity (free software)
    -- n-Track studio (low price, on the net sales)

    Gunnar Hellquist
  4. bap

    bap Member

    Nov 22, 2003
    Another Samplitude person here - I love it! I think it comes in several price levels dependant on your needs and budget.

    Cakewalk is constantly improving and may have something to offer you.
  5. maxmex

    maxmex Guest

    You can even rent Samplitude, for a few bucks a month, so if you don't like it, you can just stop the contract. Samplitude Lover here.

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