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  • #91
    Originally posted by Woolyloach View Post
    Heh! I found an old Abelton Live Lite V8 CD, and just downloaded the updates for it. I'm going to jump on it and see how it plays with my new musical direction.
    Good find, that's worth $100 off an upgrade to the full version, iirc, if you decide to continue with it and want more.
    Meh.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by KrisM View Post
      Originally posted by Woolyloach View Post
      Heh! I found an old Abelton Live Lite V8 CD, and just downloaded the updates for it. I'm going to jump on it and see how it plays with my new musical direction.
      Good find, that's worth $100 off an upgrade to the full version, iirc, if you decide to continue with it and want more.
      I just checked - yep, $100 off an upgrade to Live 9 Standard! If I like it, I'll save up my pennies and grab it!
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      • #93
        Propellerheads Reason again

        After being on Bitwig Studio since X-mas 2014, I thought more and more about using a modular DAW ... so Bitwig is modular!

        But I layed an eye on Reason (an I must say, I don't like cables that much). I was on Reason in 2002 or so and at that time I was very creative.

        So yesterday I gave a 2nd try on Reason. New ideas came up immediatly and I think that will influence my music.

        I don't want to leave Bitwig or the complete VST-world. I see Reason as an add-on to all my existing stuff.
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        • #94
          Logic 9 and X, the latter more so recently, and likely even more as the new Alchemy 2 came out today :D
          also use Audacity for audio from my Zoom H1.
          Mess about with Ableton 8 occasionally too.
          https://soundcloud.com/id_23

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          • #95
            For now, I've ended up ditching Tracktion for SONAR X3. It seems more stable in some situations and handles light film/video scoring needs with ease, Tracktion reallys falls down and cry if you try to do any serious scoring with it. Le sigh.

            Well, at least the learning curve is over and I released my first SONAR-made tune, so it's ever onward!
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            • #96
              I've been using Cakewalk stuff since they were Twelve Tone Systems way back when, and all it did was MIDI. I've kinda stuck with that and I'm currently using Sonar Platinum. It serve me well for what I want to do.

              I also have Reaper, and while I was experimenting with it, I enjoyed using it, and is was very intuitive, but I've not used it for a while now...
              https://soundcloud.com/synkrotron

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              • #97
                I enjoy using renoise, I've been using since 1.28 and it's evolving very nicely as DAW with a tracker interface. As far as recording live sounds like my guitar, bass or voice to manipulate, I seem to tend to record small to medium takes and so far not any confusion for sequencing these takes within the renoise interface. I wonder if it might be more intuitive to be able to zoom out and see any recorded track and long timestretched audio as lately I want to focus on experimenting more with ambient, so I'm slowly learning reaper (as renoise easily can rewire into it) to see if this may be true for me
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                • #98
                  Originally posted by a220 View Post
                  I enjoy using renoise, I've been using since 1.28 and it's evolving very nicely as DAW with a tracker interface. As far as recording live sounds like my guitar, bass or voice to manipulate, I seem to tend to record small to medium takes and so far not any confusion for sequencing these takes within the renoise interface. I wonder if it might be more intuitive to be able to zoom out and see any recorded track and long timestretched audio as lately I want to focus on experimenting more with ambient, so I'm slowly learning reaper (as renoise easily can rewire into it) to see if this may be true for me
                  I used Renoise a lot in the past and for me using a tracker is more composing in terms of writing a score. I do not work in this way in a piano-roll DAW. Here it is more about recording my play on the keyboard. But the sampler in Renoise is awesome!
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                  • #99
                    I mainly used Ableton Live until I found out it had a big problem with PDC. Since I also had Reaper at that time, I switched to it. It became my main DAW, as it has perfect PDC and allows me to use some legacy 32bit VST. Since then, Ableton has fixed most PDC problem, so I go back to it from time to time, but Reaper still is the main tool. I might try Playtime for Reaper soon, to have a kind of session view...

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                    • I do most of my work in Abelton for finalizing songs. Since I am very much a mobile music creator however, I will work on creating loops, soundscapes, etc in iOS first very often. I'll use GarageBand, Cubasis, and Beatmaker 2 to get going. Oftentimes I'll just open an IOS GarageBand file on my MacBook and work with VSTs in there before going to Abelton.
                      I make drones, delay, and soundscapes at Rumourtone Music
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                      • As posted earlier in this thread, Renoise is my DAW of choice. Didn't expect to find other mentions of it. :thumbsup:

                        Originally posted by Ahornberg View Post
                        I used Renoise a lot in the past and for me using a tracker is more composing in terms of writing a score. I do not work in this way in a piano-roll DAW.
                        I had not considered that perspective (due to the vertical orientation of trackers), but it makes sense now that I think about it--particularly in contrast to a piano-roll.

                        Renoise and other trackers lend themselves well to high BPM, percussive music styles (breakbeat, glitch, etc.). I love that stuff, but the contrarian in me wanted to try pushing the other direction to see what would happen. (And I also didn't want to pick up a new DAW, to be honest.) I tend to make heavy use of Renoise's LFOs and native DSP effects, and the newer Yxx (MaYbe) command opens up some interesting opportunities.
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                        • Originally posted by remst8 View Post
                          As posted earlier in this thread, Renoise is my DAW of choice. Didn't expect to find other mentions of it. :thumbsup:

                          Originally posted by Ahornberg View Post
                          I used Renoise a lot in the past and for me using a tracker is more composing in terms of writing a score. I do not work in this way in a piano-roll DAW.
                          I had not considered that perspective (due to the vertical orientation of trackers), but it makes sense now that I think about it--particularly in contrast to a piano-roll.

                          Renoise and other trackers lend themselves well to high BPM, percussive music styles (breakbeat, glitch, etc.). I love that stuff, but the contrarian in me wanted to try pushing the other direction to see what would happen. (And I also didn't want to pick up a new DAW, to be honest.) I tend to make heavy use of Renoise's LFOs and native DSP effects, and the newer Yxx (MaYbe) command opens up some interesting opportunities.
                          ah yes! Yxx is indeed a treat. Always nice to let the computer have some creative input too XD
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                          • Currently I use Reaper 5 ( just renewed) and Live 9. Really haven't gotten the hang of Live yet, its a slow process so far as I can't put the time into it that I want/need. I've used so many DAWs over the years... Started with midi only using Dr. T's KCS-128 for Commodore 128. Went to Sequencer + Gold then Cakewalk 3 thru Sonar 2 or 3. Also have Vegas (really didn't care for it for audio work but it was ok for video). Then a friend got me interested in SawPro/Saw Studio. Expensive but I liked it. Used it for a couple years. However development with it has slowed to a snails pace and midi support is minimal. So after looking around I tried Reaper V3. I like it but the menus are really cluttered. At least you can go in and clean things up...personalize them so to speak. Live I got at v8 just in time to qualify for the upgrade to 9. I just wish I had more time these days to get deeper into them. I've heard soe good things about Cubase...I have Cubasis on the iPad...But I'm not really happy with how they handled V-Stack. It had issues and they ignored it so I was hesitant to give them more money. I really miss using V-Stack. :(

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                            • FL Studio 11 is my choice of daw. Somebody gave me a reg code years ago, and then when 9 was out I bought it. I used to think ambient in FL was stupid, but a friend made the album Raintime and since then I have never felt silly making ambient with FL. 12 is too different for my tastes.

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                              • I've heard naysayers say almost any genre of music is 'stupid' to make in FL, let alone ambient. I've tried FL in the past and liked it very much. I got the feeling that whatever I'm willing to put the time in to work with my sounds, is what I'll get out. Maybe with FL's interface/flow/tools has advantages and disadvantages depending on genre, but I don't think it's even nearly the 'toy' some of the know-it-alls claim it to be. I know that WISP has created lovely ambient/idm/braindancey tracks in FL and he went on to release on Rephlex. Although I chose to concentrate on renoise, I can say FL has the most intuitive (at least for me) piano roll I've ever used... even more than ableton. I also loved their extensive built-in chord library. Fun to lay down some chords, use the razor blade to chop up the chords into new notes, erase the excess, play with the new individual note volumes (and or panning) and wala! instant maestro-grade arpeggios XD can't do that in renoise (unless I chalk up money buy it and use it as FL as a vst)
                                Last edited by a220; 09-25-2015, 02:55 AM.
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