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  • This topic is about verious DAW opinions and comparisons.
    Focused on music production for your film.

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  • @robertGL

    Remember, get any student you know and can get Samplitude and more stuff via Edu packs.

  • Got this email - Until Oct 6 - Samplitude SUITE upgrade for 199$$ - includes Soundforge.
    Copies of ProX standard version are cheap on eBay if one requires upgrade fodder

  • Studio One 3 Prime - free DAW

    • Single-window work environment with drag-and-drop functionality and multi-touch support
    • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, buses, and FX channels
    • Presence XT expandable sampler with essential sound library
    • 9 Audio Native Effects, including Ampire, Beat Delay, Chorus, MixVerb and more

  • Nuendo 7

    New stuff:

    • Game Audio Connect: Direct connection to the Audiokinetic Wwise game audio middleware, including integration with Perforce version management
      ReConform: Fully integrated re-conforming solution for automatic audio-to-picture alignment including preview functions
    • Advanced project collaboration for an easy exchange of audio tracks including audio files and program data between several Nuendo projects
      VCA fader support for working with large mixing projects on a second mixing layer
    • Render Export and Render-in-place allow for easy rendering of an individual selection of audio files including naming conventions to a hard drive or to the same Nuendo project
    • New effects and updated plug-ins including Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper, VST Bass Amp, Quadrafuzz v2 and more
    • Improved windows handling paradigm including a new workspace organizer as well as new Rack Zone with dockable MediaBay
    • Vastly improved program performance, faster load times and a smoother program behavior
    • Design overhaul: Redesigned track list and Inspector, enhanced channel strip EQ
    • Further features and enhancements include plug-in manager, VST Connect SE 3 and more

  • I started with Reason 1.0.. After few years done some tracks in Cubase and then returned back to Reason. It evolved since v1.0 and it's a breeze to work with.. except audio editing, but new v7 has some great improvements in sampling and wave editing.. But I don't know as I didn't tested yet...

  • Looks like an interesting workflow update compared to Live :-)

  • Bitwig has announced that Bitwig Studio, long in beta, will launch on March 26th, 2014.

    The cross platform DAW (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) is created by some of the original developers of Ableton Live. It offers deep multi-core and multi-processor support, built-in 32/64-bit bridging, plugin-crash-protection, multi-display support, the ability to open multiple projects at once, 50 included devices and open controller API and more.

    Bitwig Studio is priced at US $399/299 Euro for the download version. A boxed version will also be available.

  • Reaper here too. I sub out the stems and bring them into Vegas for the render.

    • 1 for Reaper. Started with FL studio, then Reason, Pro tools here and there, tried Cubase. Found Reaper in 2009. Never looked back. For me, Reaper operated midi like reason and recorded audio like pro tools. But of course Pro tools is the standard and most used in all professional studios.
  • +1 for Reaper. you need to generate a proxy video, but it is cheap and working great!

  • Cubase 7.5 will be available from December 4

  • Ohm Studio 1.0 released

    It is real-time collaborative digital audio workstation software.

  • If you are interested in microphone timing, this video explains it pretty well, just skip the scary hype in the first half minute, and it shows all the problems and how they arise.

  • @test1 some of these newer plugins to a pretty decent job with timing and phase, but because they run as plugins, they introduce another set of latencies. Pyramix uses Pannoir. These plugins will get better over time. Edit I tested some of these plugins and on my system they were not accurate, so I would say if you are going to use them you will have to go through a calibration routine of some sort.

    @shian I can see the argument for using ProTools, it is sort of a standard, I just don't think it sounds as good. So for me it is the difference between sound and hassles. But another thing to consider is if the ppl you are taking it to aren't qualified on Pyramix, then maybe they aren't really qualified to run ProTools.

    There always is a problem taking audio anywhere, since these places use a margin system for profit. They take your project, charge you the $60 per hour or whatever, then hand it off to someone literally making minimum wage, then pocket the difference.

  • I use Pro Tools for only one reason - I never have to qualify myself and my gear when taking a sound mixing gig, and anything I do can be taken to any pro house in town with zero issues.

  • Waves make a time align plugin, among others, as do Sound Radix

  • One thing to consider is the timing of the microphones. If you are decent at math, you can make these calculations and plug them into the delay box in Sequoia/Samplitude. Only Pyramix will do this for you automatically, and adjust for stereo timing multiple delays across the soundfield. This is one of the most common problems in mixing.

  • M-Audio Ignite by AIR

  • I used Cubase for many years because it's the program I was the most familiar with. I love its drum editor and midi sheet. It was also pretty stable for me and all my VST's seemed to work well with it. I soon got fed up with their support, the dongle, bloatware, and just not listening to user feature requests, so I switched to Reaper which has excellent support and costs way less. It also acts like Vegas in terms of interface which is great for people used to working with Vegas (me). Their demo is unrestricted and has unlimited use. They just ask that you buy it after a certain period. The price is nearly a gift for people who don't use it professionally.

  • Used Logic for many years, since the Atari days right thru...great app and awesome for composing, but I also have to say I like Reaper these days, love the flexibility and customization of that app, you can basically refine it as you go along via all the actions, and custom actions etc, set it up as a composing or digital audio editing app...whatever. Great CPU use too...compared to many other DAW's that I have used.

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev

    Seriously? You’ve never heard of Rocket Network before? It was part of a few DAWs back in the day. It was introduced in Logic Audio at around version 4.6 or so (end of the 90s, I think).

    It was a neat idea, way ahead of its time, but it was hardly suited for dial-up.