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What is program of choice when it comes to making music

Post by jfaulkenbury » Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:52 pm

Whats the best program to make music??? I've been using Reason 3.0. Thanks, Mike.
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Post by D-RANGED » Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:57 pm

most of the time the best is the one you lurn on.
i still use cubase vst5 and love it.
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Post by alex_virr » Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:00 pm

I use this rewired into Cubase SX3

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Post by BLista » Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:21 pm

whatever you learn on.

sequencing is pretty formulaic, although techniques and accessibility, as well as flexibility vary between each program. There have been many heated debates on this and no conclusions whatsover.

i doubt you'll get a straight answer mate because it's like asking - "what is the best beer".

best advice I guess would be to use the ones your mates are using then you can all share experiences and that will increase your learning curve exponentially.

but some may disagree...

But saying that, i'd listen to YI - it may be expensive but that Drum synth is something else....especially when slaved with this badass FM

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Post by Tarekith » Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:45 pm

Most of the major sequencers have all of the same features now, it all depends on which one you like to look at the most. :)
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Post by Graham Campbell » Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:55 pm

it's have to agree with others on here, there really isn't a 'best' per se, I learned on Logic and as such it's the best for me, but really to narrow it for you, I'd say these are your real choices:

Cubase SX 3 (or Nuendo if you want to work with music for film or tv at any stage in the process)

Logic

Abelton Live (an increasingly popular choice, but you are limited to music and no film aspect as far as I know, for now, though I"m sure that will change)

Acid Pro

From my knowledge, people often find Cubase SX the most intuitive, but I think in the long run (I"m biased mind you) you have more versatility in routing with Logic Pro.

There also Acid (I used it, and still use it in it's Pre-Sony life as Version 4 and it's pretty wicked for chopping samples and editing).

Hard to say which you should buy, if you can get on the programs and test them out, you'll definitely find some more compatible with your workflow, and your mindset. That is a lot what you ought to consider, how do YOU like to work, and if you don't know that yet, start working on stuff and see how you approach your work and which program accommodates that best, cheers,

Graham

ps - I should mention keep Reason 3, it's a great addition to the studio, but it's not my favorite sequencer of choice that's for sure.
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Post by jfaulkenbury » Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:59 pm

Cool.. I'd buy all you mofo's a drink if I could. Thanks. Keep Rockin! Mike.
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Post by Tarekith » Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:01 pm

Don't forget Sonar too, very nice program now.
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Post by ms codex » Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:16 pm

Graham Campbell wrote: There also Acid (I used it, and still use it in it's Pre-Sony life as Version 4 and it's pretty wicked for chopping samples and editing).
Someone else who still uses acid 4! I use it in conjunction with Soundforge, cos my computer's pretty old and isn't fast enough for version 5.
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Post by Kostas G » Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:28 pm

I reckon its not what you've got, it's how you use it.

For me tho, Logic is the preffered weapon of choice.
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Post by afdafsf » Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:42 pm

I think Reason's sequencer is a joke compared to Live and Cubase.




Let this be your judge of sequencer character/worth:

If you feel that you can do anything you have in your mind w/your current sequencer, then you're fine w/ what you've got..... if not, it's time to look elsewhere.



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Post by jfaulkenbury » Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:51 pm

Do you need refills for cubase or cakewalk, like you do for Reason??
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Post by afdafsf » Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:17 pm

GREAT question! no, they do not



I've always looked down on Reason for that..... never understood how anyone accepted that - same with the proprietary romplers that exist... It baffles me how anyone is cool with having to have so many different file formats just to run different synths/sequencers.


wav/aif makes the most sense to me
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Post by jfaulkenbury » Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:26 pm

What would Aquasky use??? How are those intense bass sound made????
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Post by Delirium Inspired » Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:51 pm

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Graham Campbell wrote: There also Acid (I used it, and still use it in it's Pre-Sony life as Version 4 and it's pretty wicked for chopping samples and editing).
Someone else who still uses acid 4! I use it in conjunction with Soundforge, cos my computer's pretty old and isn't fast enough for version 5.
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I'm with you guys on Acid 4, I'm sticking with it and I've v5 ain't all its cracked up to be anyway
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Post by ms codex » Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:53 pm

dunno but this month's computer music mag has 229 Aquasky samples on the cover disc.
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Post by bush » Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:21 pm

I like tracktion 2
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Post by Tarekith » Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:26 pm

Has that one been pretty stable for you bush?
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Post by Elliot » Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:58 pm

I have used

Fruity loops
Logic
cubase
Reason
Sonar
Acid

but quite frankly....

Ableton Live 5 shits over all of them!

why i hear you ask because you don't need to go into wave lab or sound forge or recycle to do stuff, its all in one program and it has no glitches. It doesn't look windows or mac based so you wont do things that will fuck you off when you work cross platform. good quality sound you can work with vst unlike some programs, and you get fast results. It has been a musical revolution to me.
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Post by Tarekith » Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:05 pm

Funny, I need Wavelab even more when using Live than when using any other app.

I guess we all work differently!
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