Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2009 5:50 PM (in response to ECLIMAX13)Re: Which Recording Software???
if you want easy and you want drums... riffworks...
if you want midi... or plug in re-amp functionality etc... you may have to look into other DAW suites...
i recently switched to ableton... but i've used alot of them (audition/tracktion/reaper/etc)
but if the built in drum looping is your thig... riffworks is a solid jam recording application.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 19, 2009 2:49 AM (in response to ECLIMAX13)Re: Which Recording Software???
It depends on your interests, goals, and pocket book. I use Sonar Producer because I need MIDI capabilities as well as audio. It can import audio tracks as ACID loops and comes with a very useful set of plugins to add effects. It has soundfont capability and I use those for the MIDI drum tracks. You can mix tracks and export audio in all formats as well, and even add video to it. It's got a pretty steep learning curve though because of all the functionality. It's also not cheap.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 19, 2009 7:58 PM (in response to ECLIMAX13)Re: Which Recording Software???
Reaper for quality, performance, price, simplicity, quality documentation and vibrant forum community. Runs on Mac OS X and Windows - can run on Linux under wine with some effort. I have SONAR Producer Edition 8.3, and mostly use Reaper. I find it sufficiently easier to use that I get more recording done. SONAR might be better if you're a dedicated engineer. But if you're playing and recording at the same time, Reaper seems a bit faster and easier. Having something that works across platform is also a big plus.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 19, 2009 9:37 PM (in response to ECLIMAX13)Re: Which Recording Software???
Ableton Live, there is nothing that can touch it for composing and performing. It's Riffworks easy to use but way more powerful when you need it.
You can download a free Live or Riffworks T4 demo to see what you think.
If you are going to invest in software it can certainly pay off to make sure it runs on the Mac and Windows. Both Live and Riffworks do, Sonar is a one way ticket.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2010 1:51 AM (in response to ECLIMAX13)Re: Which Recording Software???
Come on guys the poor guy said that he was (new to recording ) all the programs that you all talked about are geared for the advanced or Professional users ...
hey man for simple and fun userabilty go with the riffworks until you get more comfortable with recording then advance to the cool guy programs ..Like Pro-Tools LE.. but you will have some cool fun with Riffworks for the fact that you can go online and colab with some great players and make great friends in the riffworld ... and it makes you work real hard on building up your chops and your creativity ...
here is a song that I recorded from RiffworksAttachments:
- 1-03 WRIGHT FROM WRONG.mp3 (4.0 MB)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2010 4:24 PM (in response to ECLIMAX13)Re: Which Recording Software???
Go for Sonar 8.5 producer. It got a 10 out of 10 in Computer Music (issue #146). I don't agree that you need to have an easier program to start with. If you have an X3 which will get your guitar/bass into it (and a vocal if you want), Sonar has everything else you need (synth's, drums, pianos, samplers, sequencers etc.) to create whatever you want. Don't waste $50-$100 on a "beginner" program that you could apply to this. I've gone the beginner route and you either quickly start wishing it had other things or are just as complex, if not moreso, as the proffesional ones and are often less stable. Get Sonar and a book like Sonar Power and rock & roll. You'll have to do some learnin' but you would with a beginner program as well. One of the hardest parts for me was the inputs and the outputs. This was equally complex in all the programs I've used. Also if you switch your input source in most DAW's you have to restart the program. You don't in Sonar 8.5. If you do this even a little, this is huge