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#1 Piter3   Members   -  Reputation: 195

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 06:29 AM

Is there any good daw for creating music or it's really necessary to buy one?



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#2 Midi Bros   Members   -  Reputation: 114

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:28 AM

Reaper is free for 60 days then you pay $60 for a full license. Fl Studio is pretty cheap also and once you buy i you can upgrade to the latest version for free. There are also ways to download DAWs for free but it pirating. If that doesn't bother you then that's another way to go.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:56 AM

Presonus Studio One comes in a pretty nice free version. In fact, except for non-native-64bit support and some missing gadgets, I hardly see a difference to the $$$ version... the free version is in my opinion perfectly usable smile.png

 

Plus, it doesn't confuse me nearly as much as most DAWs do (Reaper being one example). But of course this is something that depends on you. What one person finds confusing, another finds "perfect".


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:58 AM

There's always Rosegarden.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 02:59 PM

Is there any good daw for creating music or it's really necessary to buy one?

 

It's not necessary to purchase one but keep in mind the really good sounds (for almost any genre) are 3rd party sample librarys which do cost money. Unless you're wanting (able) to track everything yourself, playing the actual instruments... you're going to need some virtual sounds. Also the old saying "you get what you paid for" often rings true.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 03:01 PM

There are also ways to download DAWs for free but it pirating. If that doesn't bother you then that's another way to go.

 

Just use extreme caution here because if you end up producing music for any games and pirated software and you get caught - both you and any games using your material can be liable. I find it's best to just purchase things instead of pirating them. It's not worth the risk. If you're looking to just learn and experiment... it's less risky. Still not legal but less risky. :P


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#7 TheChubu   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3601

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:53 PM

For sounds I recommend Synth1 (its free like free beer). It won't get you an orchestral piece but there is this 9000 preset pack around that pretty much gives you anything you'd want from a synth at first.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:35 PM

For a long time I was waiting for this, and a couple months ago it happened:

 

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Linux Multimedia Studio, an open-source, feature-packed FLStudio clone for Linux, was released for Win32 and Win64.

http://lmms.sourceforge.net/download.php

 

- And like Madsen has said, you're going to have to spend money anyway if you want good samples. I am considering a library such as Goliath, which comes with a lot of high quality sounds and is not that expensive.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:47 PM

Reaper is interesting because their payment is on the honor system; they don't try to nag or lock or anything like that. Appreciate the software? Just pay the fee. That really makes it nice to work with for hobbyists, and frankly it's a great price for a pretty good DAW.






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