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senseix's picture
Mar 2007
8 years ago

I'd like to get a list of the top 5 recording software used today by users and professionals to record/master music. I am using windows as a platform so keep that in mind.

Moo_2's picture
Texas
Oct 2005
2 years ago

in no particular order -

cubase
ableton live
sonar
logic
protools

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Seagull Artist Mosaic (acoustic)
Fender Strat Plus
Line 6 M9
Traynor YCV40WR

senseix's picture
Mar 2007
8 years ago

Have you used any of these and if so which do you prefer and why?

undercut's picture
Johnstown PA
Aug 2004
7 years ago

I use Vegas and Sound Forge. The primary reason is usability. The interface and way of doing things is very intuitive to me. There's not alot of extra bs to get in the way of laying down a track. I have tried many software packages and these are the easiest to walk up to and use. Also, you're not locked into a hardware interface like you are with other recording software (Pro Tools springs to mind).

Logic is only for Mac.

Epiphone Del Rey Standard (EMG 85b/81n @ 18v)
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POD XT Live
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Old Peavey MS412

senseix's picture
Mar 2007
8 years ago

Thats what i'm looking for, something powerful enough to get you a great sounding mix when your finally finished, something easy, as i'm not pro, i can write music with the insturment but doing this home recording stuff is all new to me so again thanks for the information, the more info i get the happier i am, i have no issue trying things for myself, but as we all know to get going on these things its much easier to have a strong starting point as in the end i'll have to test and muck around with this stuff to see which i prefer. Still appreciate the insight:)

would these be the versions you're currently using?

http://www.sonymediasoftware.com/products/soundforgefamily.asp

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Sony-Vegas-DVD-?sku=702270&src=00633

Moo_2's picture
Texas
Oct 2005
2 years ago

There's no real reason why I use cubase, other than it was what a friend used, and it's the only program where I sat down and went through the tutorial.

Nothing was intuitive really (mostly because I was used to audacity) but it's very easy to use once you get over the learning curve. It's very buggy and there always seems to be something wrong with it.

I hear Samplitude is supposed to be easier to use, less buggy, more support & updates by the manufacturers, that kind of stuff. Popular doesn't always mean good or easy so I don't see why you asked that sort of question.

Gentle Robot - Chapel Hill NC Rock Band

Seagull Artist Mosaic (acoustic)
Fender Strat Plus
Line 6 M9
Traynor YCV40WR

senseix's picture
Mar 2007
8 years ago

1. I asked the question to open the debate.

2. I asked it so i might save some time in software instead of trying them all, like audacity i think is crap myself, I would rather use Reaper than audacity ect tho audacity is good for trimming and that kinda stuff atleast thats all i like it for so my preference:).

3.I asked it because thats what the forum is for:)

4. I asked it because i know there are people out there like myself that want to share knowledge and experiences of what they have done in life with others, i could go on seriously why i asked that question, now "why did i ask it the way i did" well who cares?

Point being, its a question to start a discussion, now the fact you say that the top ones used aren't the best, or whatever, is great that opens up more discussion on the topic thanks:)

So with that said, i have a much better idea on which ones i want to try out and which ones i don't.

Moo_2's picture
Texas
Oct 2005
2 years ago

didnt mean to tick you off, was just sayin

Gentle Robot - Chapel Hill NC Rock Band

Seagull Artist Mosaic (acoustic)
Fender Strat Plus
Line 6 M9
Traynor YCV40WR

senseix's picture
Mar 2007
8 years ago

Originally posted by Moo
didnt mean to tick you off, was just sayin

I was more annoyed than ticked off, either way no biggy i'm sure you have your reasons for being like you're and well live and let live right? :D

Back to the topic now, well i now have some software to play with, to bad my recording equipment isn't here yet LOL either way if i get some time in the future, i'll post a detailed summary on which software i ended up using and why.

senseix's picture
Mar 2007
8 years ago

Ok, as i posted before, i would come back and let others know which recording software i ended up using.

I am doing this, guitar -> gt-8 left/right stereo -> bbe -> line in on soundcard.

Software i use is Sonar 6, ezdrummer, the only thing i'm still working on is finding a easy bass synth/software that i can add to the mix, still mucking around with some, if anyone has any experience with a good sounding easy, bass software, i mostly play taproot style music then i'd be open to hear that.

So far the results are great, i'm still learning sonar 6 and ez drummer.