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#21 Kylotan   Moderators   -  Reputation: 3333

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:37 AM

Agreed with the last post. Certain DAWs are better for certain types of music and audio task so I think you can go from there and then use experience to guide you. eg.

  • FL Studio - great for loop and sequence based music. Good for electronic instruments and genres. Poor for audio tracking and editing work, and virtually no score/notation capability at all.
  • Sonar - good for tracked audio, ok with MIDI, passable for score and notation. Poor with sequences, ok with loops. No real direct audio manipulation capability.
  • Reaper - good for tracked audio. passable with MIDI. No score or notation, no sequence support.
  • Ableton Live - great for loops and sequences. No score, no notation. Poor audio tracking support.

Basically, it's just a case of looking at what is in GeneralQuery's list, and matching that to the specs of each DAW.

 

Personally I'm considering moving to Cubase as Sonar's limitations are causing me many problems, but it took me years of using Sonar to come up against the limitations. You always lose something with every move though - before I used Sonar I used to use tracker/sequencer programs like FastTracker and they have a workflow speed for certain types of music that most DAWs (except FL Studio, and maybe Ableton Live) can't match. For this reason, if your output has to be diverse then I think it always helps to be fluent with more than one DAW.



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#22 JackMusic   Members   -  Reputation: 315

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

Forgot to mention one that I have seen around... 'Overture' is the closest thing to a score-based MIDI editor, I have seen this used in conjunction with Reaper. Seems to offer minute control over MIDI data and a nice articulations implementation that other score editors don't have. But development has been dead or hidden for years and the interface is stuck in the 90's.



#23 CRFaithMusic   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1042

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

Forgot to mention one that I have seen around... 'Overture' is the closest thing to a score-based MIDI editor, I have seen this used in conjunction with Reaper. Seems to offer minute control over MIDI data and a nice articulations implementation that other score editors don't have. But development has been dead or hidden for years and the interface is stuck in the 90's.

 

Another one which seems to try to incorporate score and midi control is Notion but I haven't used although I'm looking at trying it out






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