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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:39 AM

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I'm not going to get into which is the "best" but this is a good starting list for anyone new to music/audio production and wants to know what options are out there. Most (if not all) of these programs feature some kind of trial or demo mode and I HIGHLY recommend taking a few out for a spin to see which jives with you the best.

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And remember: the only thing that really matters in the end is the music. So if you can create the best work fastest on a $50 DAW, then go for it.
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:10 AM

Reaper has been getting so much good press and praise that I'm tempted to at least download the demo and give it a try. I've talked to a few people who have started using it for game audio due to the ReaScript feature (an option that allows users to run python scripting within the DAW). Sounds interesting for sound designers who can also code and are looking for alternative ways to do implementation.

 

Personally, I use Logic Studio (for music composition and sound effects) and Pro Tools (for recording, editing, mixing and mastering).



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:03 PM

The last year or so I've been using Reaper and I have to say its been the easiest and fastest for me to use :) I definitely recommend it!



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:52 PM

Reaper is, indeed, very strong! I mainly use Logic Pro right now with Reason for certain sounds or Pro Tools when I'm editing tons of dialog. 


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:36 AM

I personally have had the best experience with Cubase. Excellent advanced MIDI capabilities, and it works really well for scoring to picture.

I heard that Reason is lacking when it comes to scoring to picture? Or maybe that was Reaper.... i always get those two mixed up.


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 03:36 PM

I've used a lot of DAW and I chose Reason but I'm not sure how well it will work with video games. My bro and business partner loves Ableton Lives and says its very easy to use and mix in.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:46 AM

I use Reaper mostly and it works quite well. Ableton is also very nice if you want to test your interactive audio and be able to change the instruments or melodies on the fly. 



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:15 AM

We are working mainly with sound design for both video games and movies. And we love using Logic Pro 9 for this kind of work. Yes, it has it flaws on some points but in the end it has worked perfectly with no problem everytime!

 

Have also worked in: Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton, Audition, Reaper and more. But never liked the feeling when working in them.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:11 AM

my 5 cents on the topic:

 

these are the DAWs i'd personally suggest, should anyone ask me what to use for (or atleast get started with) music production.

there are plenty more worthy candidates, but these are the ones i'd narrow it down to.

 

old (as in mature), bit expensive but tried and true industry go-to's with a more traditional workflow:

- Logic

- Cubase

- Pro-Tools

 

less mature, less pricey, more or less traditional workflow:

- Reaper

- Studio One

 

less mature, less pricey, different take on the workflow, emphasis on ease of use, quick prototyping, jamming and live perfomances:

(although FL Studio is a bit messy at first glance, luckily there's tons of tutorials on youtube for it)

- Ableton Live

- FL Studio

- Bitwig

 

1. the more traditional DAWs usually take a bit longer time to get comfortable in.

2. less traditional DAWs, due to their workflow design being geared towards ease of use, usually take shorter amount of time to get comfortable in.

3. cheaper (in DAW universe atleast) doesn't necessarily mean a major difference in quality, although amount of / quality of plugins and added material vary with price tag.

4. mastering how to use one particular DAW adds way more to your production quality than the actual choice of DAW does.

5. mastering different aspects of several DAWs is a good idea, as they excel in different areas.

    Ableton Live has a great workflow, but not so good mixing, Logic on the other hand is great for mixing and mastering.

6. best choice of DAW is _always_ the one that makes you most happy working in, no matter which features the competition has that your DAW lacks  :)

 

good luck, and happy sequencing!



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 07:29 AM

Sonar is my love ;) And nothing else matters. Though, Reaper is very good, too.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:25 AM

I highly recommend Logic Pro X for people getting started with composition. It includes very high quality instruments which make it possible to compose entire orchestral pieces without having to buy extra instrument packs. I also swear by it's stock plugins. I am an audio engineer and I have used many top-of-the-line plugins, and often times I have found myself gravitating towards some of the stock plugins in Logic for certain applications. For the low price of $200, you can't beat it.

 

I will say that for straight audio recording, especially in high pressure sessions, I often prefer Protools because I find it to be more stable. I have had occasional frustrating glitches in Logic that can get in the way of workflow. Logic X is still fairly new though so I'm sure these issues are being dealt with. Overall, Logic is my favorite DAW.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:09 AM

I've been using Reaper myself.


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:32 PM

If you have the money, Pro Tools is the way to go. There's a good reason a nice Pro Tools system will cost you about $5,000 more than the next most expensive setup on this list. Don't get me wrong I've tried PreSonus and Reaper and they're great programs, but it's like comparing MS Paint to Adobe Photoshop. If you're a great musician you're going to make great music even if you're using garage band, but you'll always be able to do it better with Pro Tools.



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 02:37 AM

used cubasis for more than 10 years, fully recommend.  Briefly experimented with cakewalk.  interested in pro tools.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:12 PM

Reaper is really amazing.



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Posted 24 February 2015 - 11:59 AM

I use about 2 year Logic Pro X by Apple and want to say that is really full of options DAW. And it has a lot of helpful stuff for creating music for video games, trailer and so on. Earlier of it i used Pro Tools and it's high quality product, but the Logic gives you more flexibility. imho


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Posted 27 February 2015 - 09:32 PM

I've avoided the ProTools hype and disappointment myself, and have been a happy Nuendo user. We've either had Nuendo or Reaper in-house. 

 

Quite a versatile tool I use it for post, sound design and composition.

 

I didn't even know you could compose in ProTools - last time I used it - the midi support was horrible :)


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 03:20 AM

I ♡ FL-studio...

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 05:43 AM

Had experience with most DAWs and found Ableton Live to be the most conducive to the creative process.  Add to this the huge array of possibilities with Max for Live and Live has become quite a powerful tool over the years.



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 02:41 PM

One of the most intuitive I've used is Acoustica Mixcraft Pro. They all have their strengths.