Bill Melater wrote:It's interesting to see the different "approaches" to DAW. There are a lot of good choices in all price ranges. And bad ones too. Mixcraft seemed to be the easiest for me to jump in and use; coming from a less midi/more audio background. Mixcraft is good for quick-and-dirty/meatball audio production; it gives good results easily without a lot of fuss. I haven't used or even tried them all, but I remember the 16 bit destructive editor that came with Turtle Beach Monterey (whose name escapes me); lots of features, including a time compress that was nasty and took quite a while on a 486/33; to the order of "let's go to lunch while this works on this 30 second spot". But what a day when I found SAW for $399.00. I used that for about 10 years. And it couldn't do what Mixcraft does. But it was fast on that 486, and the P3 Celeron that replaced it. Anyone remember Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum 16?
/thanks for letting me babble
/my posts always devolve into old war stories
/don't get many visitors in the rest home
/here comes Nurse Ratched with lunch
My own little babbleÃ”Ã‡Âª
IÃ”Ã‡Ã–m more of a hobbyist than pro.
Back when I was a little more serious about getting In the music industry, I used a small Gemini DJ sampler to create loops, and record them into a 4 track tascam. Create a drum loop and sync them up and record. When I got the basics done, bring them into my friendÃ”Ã‡Ã–s studio and re create the whole thing on his Akai sampler and play everything on his midi keyboard onto a reel to reel tape. Then he upgraded to Adat and later to Cubase. Those were my first experiences with recording software back in 1990. I had no idea of what we were doing because he set everything up. I knew nothing of midi. I just created the loops on his turntable and created some drum patterns using his keyboard and sampler.
I didnÃ”Ã‡Ã–t really understand the whole process until playing with vstiÃ”Ã‡Ã–s more recently (somewhere around 2003 or 2004). It just makes so much more sense when you do it yourself rather than have the engineer do it for you when just creating the music (not talking about mixing. I still need an engineer for that
). But using software like Mixcraft or even Reason has given me ideas that back in the days, I couldnÃ”Ã‡Ã–t do because I couldnÃ”Ã‡Ã–t afford the equipment or the studio time.
Plus itÃ”Ã‡Ã–s easy to use. I donÃ”Ã‡Ã–t have to get too technical with it in order to make music. A few features I wish it did have, and I hope they implement in version 6, but I can still use it for what I need it to do.
Thanks. I'm not that old, but when I see the new artist and how easy they have it technology wise, I feel it