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Rigby1027
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Anybody got a band-aid?
Feb 5th, 2012 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are there any other DAW out there that I should give a whirl. I have really really like Reaper so far in the trial period. Finally got tired of dealing with Audacity issues as that product seemed to get messed up when I moved to windows 7. $60.00 for reaper seems like a good deal on a pretty strong program.

Any opinions are welcome.

garp
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Nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos
Feb 6th, 2012 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could check out other inexpensive options such as Ableton Live Intro, Cubase Elements or Cakewalk SONAR.

But if you’re happy with Reaper, $60 for an upgrade to the full version seems like a sound investment (no pun intended...okay, maybe it *was* a little punny).

I know that FDPer nicnite uses Reaper, and he’s done some really nice stuff with it.

fendrguitplayr
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Feb 6th, 2012 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For about that same price, I know a few that like Magix. I've never used it, but I've heard some good tracks from those that do.

Magix

nicnite

usa

Telebastard
Feb 7th, 2012 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do love me some Reaper.

Believe it or not, what I think is another excellent solution for most project recordists is...Garageband. The current version is hugely powerful (you can fully automate all plug-ins) and a brilliant integration of audio, midi and looping capabilities. The stock plug-ins and virtual instruments sound excellent.

Not sure if you use a Mac though.

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Rigby1027
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Anybody got a band-aid?
Feb 7th, 2012 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a Windows guys.


I need to get my "studio" as it is set back up, but I am also currently looking for a desk that will hold everything I want to put on it.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Feb 16th, 2012 11:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been using Reaper since '08. Love it. 60 bucks seems like a no brainer for what you get.

RivEraEra

usa/east bay sf

Ain't no time to hate
Mar 7th, 2012 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got Reaper last year for $40 and love its simplicity. I just bought a Digi002 with PTLE 8 and until I get the hang of it I plan to import my recorded tracks over to Reaper for basic manipulation/editing.

RivEraEra

usa/east bay sf

Ain't no time to hate
Apr 10th, 2012 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After getting a chance to play around with my ProTools setup, I'm finding the program screens very similar and haven't needed to go back to Reaper for manipulation. But main point being that Reaper is pretty similar to PT, much more so than I had anticipated.

(This message was last edited by RivEraEra at 05:14 PM, Apr 10th, 2012)

BC Guitar George
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Apr 11th, 2012 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been using Reaper for a couple of years and love it. I use a BOSS 1600 to record (cuz I have it) and then transfer the files to the PC and convert them to wav with a slick program called WAVMAKER. Then all editing, mixing and processing is done in Reaper. Mixing, especially editing, on the BOSS was pretty cumbersome.

Reaper does have it's limits though - can't fix my singing or playing ;)

At your own risk

stevesmith
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Apr 30th, 2012 03:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

n-track is nice.

I also use a Boss BR-600

ConchoBill
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Bluz Cowboy
Apr 30th, 2012 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought a PreSonus 4 track audio interface and it comes with fairly fancy software; I might say very fancy. However, it doesn't "master". I don't understand "mastering" that well, but it seems like software that does that, polishes your recording for stereo fairly easily.

Does Reaper master?

Or can I fix my recording with the StudioOne program I have and then "master" with audacity?


nicnite

usa

Telebastard
Apr 30th, 2012 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mastering, put simply, is just taking a finished mix and adjusting dynamics and EQ for the mix as a whole. Usually the point of mastering is to make adjustments to a group of songs that will be on an album in order to bring greater sonic coherence to the whole. It's also a chance for a mastering engineer--who specializes in this, and has equipment and room optimized for it--to make tweaks to dynamics and EQ that will help the mix translate well to a maximum variety of playback systems.

You can do "mastering" with any DAW and any EQ and dynamics plug-ins. Some plug-in packages have particular features, or combine features in ways that are designed to make it easier to work on a stereo mix. Some people also prefer to do mastering in stereo audio editor software rather than multi-track software.

If you are relatively new to recording and mixing there's no particular reason to approach "mastering' as a separate activity. Consider just working on your mixes to make them sound as you want them to. If you are are mixing multiple songs for an album you can drag all the finished mixes into a single DAW session and compare volumes and EQ and make adjustments as if each was a separate track in the session.

If you are doing an album for release consider having an experienced mastering engineer do the mastering.

n

ConchoBill
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Bluz Cowboy
Apr 30th, 2012 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Until we can get a bass player we can count on, it may just be a "vanity" thing. I have this really nice recording set up and need to learn how to use it. It really looks kinda easy to record. I have been pretty busy since it came in.


ConchoBill
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Bluz Cowboy
Apr 30th, 2012 02:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It looks like Reaper "masters". I guess it wouldn't hurt me to learn how to master w/o software "mastering" so for now, I will attempt to do that. Thanks.


ConchoBill
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Bluz Cowboy
May 8th, 2012 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This dadgum StudioOne Artist seems about impossible to get loaded on your computer. I may be looking at getting Reaper soon.

Can you get drum loops to go with it?


nicnite

usa

Telebastard
May 9th, 2012 12:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It doesn't come with drum loops but you can drag any drum loops into it (wav/rex/whatever format)

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ConchoBill
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Bluz Cowboy
May 9th, 2012 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are there any freeware drum loops, blues and classic rock, out there? Thanks.


Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

May 9th, 2012 11:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bill! Have fun with Reaper. I am still learning this ridiculously powerful DAW. It's really incredible.

I have made loops from time to time. What are you looking for?

yea - theres loops out there. Lets see... I had a really good site for them once...
Here it is

Ryan Gruss

ConchoBill
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Bluz Cowboy
May 11th, 2012 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Aaron. I haven't decided to buy Reaper yet. I am seeing if I can get the bundled software from PreSonus to work correctly. Hopefully, I will get myself to do that this PM. I don't have to feed cows, but I do need to buy Mom's Day presents and cards. Tomorrow I have to work on the roof and maybe mow. Always something.


Roly
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May 12th, 2012 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 for Magix products.
I have been using Samplitude for about 10 years.
It's not "entry level" software but I expect you will out grow whatever you decide to buy and will end up spending more to have better tools down the road.
There is a demo of the latest version of Samplitude out there somewhere.

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