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  • What Host Do You Use?

    What's your host?

    I started with ACID Pro 7, not knowing that it was already aging and wouldn't be developed further (apparently). Once several plug-ins wouldn't work in ACID, I decided to give Reaper a try, though I really didn't like the piano roll, so I gave up on it rather quickly.

    The thing I didn't like about the piano roll is that each clip scrolled individually, so I had a hard time keeping track of which notes I was inputting.

    I also didn't like that all automation was done with bars instead of lines or curves (ACID is still king in this department, if you ask me).

    So on to another host...

    I read about several hosts, and none seemed to fit the bill of what I wanted, until I came upon Cubase, which, other than not using curves for automation (it's all straight lines), I loved everything else about it, so I bought Cubase 4 on eBay and immediately purchased the upgrade to Cubase 6.

    I've since upgraded to Cubase 6.5 and will soon upgrade to Cubase 7, once I have the spare cash.

    I'm perfectly happy with Cubase, and I have no desire to even try any other host.

  • #2
    I am currently using Pro Tools 10, using Reaper via Rewire for VSTs.

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    • #3
      I actually started on a hardware module WAY back in the day called the "Boss BR-8" which was basically a digital 8-track I used to record my first solo acoustic EP. While not really a "host" you could still use effects and such...record, mix, automate...all on this tiny little calculator sized screen! It was pretty crazy. Oh and it recorded to "zip discs" by the way! :roll: I later moved on to my Mac for recording and started using Digital Performer back when it was only version 3. I used DP and Reason 2.5 for many years...I loved the combo I didn't even think of trying any other DAWs really...especially because I only used a Mac. DP did everything I wanted, why would I need to switch?

      My love for DP went all the way up until the summer of this year when my best friend (a recording composer/engineer in LA) called me up and said "You should really look at Pro Tools..." Believe me, I was skeptical. Why would I want to use a DAW which not only has it's own plugin format, but doesn't even run Audio Units at all... "It's all about collaboration" he said. Open to suggestions...I took the plunge. It was awkward at first...but I started to get used to it, kinda. I still missed alot of my audio unit plugins. I found myself switching back and forth...often, until just a few months ago. 'There had to be a way to have IT ALL' I thought...I needed a DAW with the best of both worlds.

      Enter VE PRO 5.

      VE Pro 5 (Vienna Ensemble Pro 5) is a plugin host...which allows you to run both VST and Audio Unit plugins INSIDE of your DAW. By releasing your DAW from having to host plugins...you free up resources for your host to do other things, like recording. Best of all, with VE Pro 5 I can still use my Audio Units inside of Pro Tools 10 with full sync and midi input and output through the Mac IAC driver. It's absolutely incredible. After almost a half a year, I really love the workflow of Pro Tools...especially how easy it is to edit midi, record to audio track, freeze the instrument tracks and keep working. That's basically the way I work in a nutshell...compose, print to track, rinse and repeat.

      With all the new DAW updates coming out (Cubase 7, Live 9, DP 8, etc...) I have been tempted, believe me...but hopefully once Pro Tools finally goes 64 bit, I'll have no choice but to stay right where I'm at. But hey, whatever works...right? :tu:
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      • #4
        I used to use Zip disks when I was in school for animation. :D

        I've never really found the need to rewire or anything like that. I'm not even sure how it works. :doh:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by S1gnsOfL1fe View Post
          I actually started on a hardware module WAY back in the day called the "Boss BR-8"
          Youngsters... :D

          My first recordings were on four track cassette (fostex x-30), may still have a couple floating about.

          Currently flip between energyXT (i like the modular aspect, being able to drag plugs about with visual wires, throw back to the four-tracks probably...) and Reaper for more serious recording work though not totally in love with it.

          Recently picked up Studio One artist which I'm enjoying greatly. The automation drawing is great (so easy to just draw a waveform). Like how you can transform some automation by dragging as you would an image in Gimp or something. Now waiting for a cheap upgrade deal from Presonus...
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          • #6
            I started on ableton 5 but moved to reaper and sometimes orion. But I use reaper more.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by GaryG View Post
              Youngsters... :D

              My first recordings were on four track cassette (fostex x-30), may still have a couple floating about.

              My first multitrack was an AMR system--Peavey basically. I think I paid $900 or so back in 1988-89. I loved it.

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              • #8
                A pair of old Wollensacks was my first recording experience:omg:

                Talk about aging oneself....I ended up with a bunch of Ampeg reel to reel tapes plus an Ampeg 2" recorder....:frustrated::nuts:

                Now I use Reaper4 and Sonar X2....and a Zoom h4n....

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                • #9
                  I used to love to hear a 2" machine rewind. The sound of the reels moving through the air.

                  Wasn't as great a thrill on a cassette.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ontol View Post
                    I am currently using Pro Tools 10, using Reaper via Rewire for VSTs.
                    Man, I TRIED to like Reaper...I really did. But like Dax IX, I gave up quickly. So strange how people are totally fanatical about it and then others get turned off immediately. Well, coming from years of using DP I know a thing or two about "fanatical" DAW fans...:roll: :lol:
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                    • #11
                      I remember back in the late '80s lusting after a 16-track recorder and mixer. Man, those were the days. :o

                      That was back when there was no chance of me ever being able to afford it, especially being a teen. I was in recording studio in HS. We actually had a pretty decent setup for a public school.

                      We had a nice TV studio, too, come to think of it.

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                      • #12
                        I've only ever used EnergyXT for "serious" tracks. I like the workflow.

                        I've also got FLS10, Cubase 6LE, Reaper4 and Orion 8.5. Of these I think Orion looks like the most promising replacement for eXT when it eventually dies.
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                        • #13
                          Ableton Live 8 user here. I used to use Reason 6 lots before, but I am only using Live now. I have been considering learning Logic Pro since Im on the Mac now.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by seismic1 View Post
                            I've only ever used EnergyXT for "serious" tracks. I like the workflow.
                            When I said 'serious' maybe I meant 'conventional'. When I record a friends music (voice, guitar and percussion) then I find the metering, take management etc of Reaper more suitable.

                            For everything else I go to EnergyXT, yeah, great workflow, just drag and drop.

                            I have this test where I judge how easy a DAW is to use by how quickly you can set a vocoder up (synth track & vocal track routed to the vocoder). Energyxt was by far the easiest. Reaper wasn't bad but obviously not as visual as ext.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GaryG View Post
                              When I said 'serious' maybe I meant 'conventional'. When I record a friends music (voice, guitar and percussion) then I find the metering, take management etc of Reaper more suitable.

                              For everything else I go to EnergyXT, yeah, great workflow, just drag and drop.

                              I have this test where I judge how easy a DAW is to use by how quickly you can set a vocoder up (synth track & vocal track routed to the vocoder). Energyxt was by far the easiest. Reaper wasn't bad but obviously not as visual as ext.
                              By "serious" I meant "tracks that I am going to finish". I just noodle around and experiment in the other DAWS. I know that I can get more done in a given amount of time using eXT, and I also know that it sounds "better/clearer" than others. That's me........controversial
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