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  • Hi,

    I am new to recording. Would like to know what program is best for creating drum loops, bass lines, sound effects, etc to accompany my vocals and guitars.

    Thanks a bunch!

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    • Originally posted by decasteljau
      I have used CoolEdit Pro 1.2 for more than one year until I switched to Nuendo, then Cubase SX.

      I really did enjoy working with CoolEdit Pro since I didn't know about VST instruments. CoolEdit Pro is really one of best program for multitracking/edit audio. It has all the built-in effects you can imagine, and they sound very good. I am a guitar player, so initialy, multitracking was enough for me.

      But as soon you want to build drum loops, you need another tool. You cannot build from scratch drum loops with CoolEditPro. (it's possible, but not very pleasant to do) So I was using FruityLoops to build by drum loops, then once rendered, I was bringing them into CoolEdit Pro...was OK...but a painful process, and limited.

      (CoolEdit has no MIDI, by the way...only audio)

      But when I discovered Steinberg Nuendo, I fall in love with it. It's a all in one product. I bought a midi keyboard and started to build my songs with it and my guitar.

      About one year later, Cubase SX went out...and I switched to it immediatly since it's based on Nuendo, but more aimed for musicians.

      I love so much CubaseSX...



      same here on all counts

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      • Originally posted by phantom84
        Hi,

        I am new to recording. Would like to know what program is best for creating drum loops, bass lines, sound effects, etc to accompany my vocals and guitars.

        Thanks a bunch!


        cubase does it all --- you will need some plugins to go with it

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        • Logic audio is the one I always used... pretty long to learn it all so once you know the basic you stick with it all your life i think. BUTTTTTTTTT guess what, I found myself having terrific fun recording,mixing AND mastering my latest single on a VS-840 only. (roland 8 tracks) Then I look at Logic and I'm like: Oh my, you never gave me that feeling even with all your VSTs!

          In terms of virtual world,... Logic Audio 5 is
          very good in my opinion.

          Cheers
          Mickael
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          • Hi guys, first time stopping by this forum and I've been reading this thread. Some good information here.
            I haven't read every post so I don't know if THIS CHART has been posted but take a look if you want. The chart was put together by a fellow forumite from the SSS when it was on the Music Player Forums and though it's in progress and prices may not be exact it's a good starting point with a reasonable amount of non-biased information.
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            • nTrack = excellent basic multitracker and easy user interface. It's perhaps not as sophisticated as some of the programs, but for most home recording enthusiasts that don't use MIDI, this is probably the best way to go, especially considering the price point (though the 24bit supporting version is another couple of bucks).

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              • Originally posted by Ministry of FOG

                Pro Tools is a great program, but only if you are wanting to run on a Mac.



                This is simply not true. Go to http://duc.digidesign.com and you will see that the newest AMD systems are FAR better then Mac. In fact, the newest LE systems running quad Opterons are very fast. The newst Dave C II tests prove that this system is actually more powerful then some HD system.


                Posted by: Shan
                Reged: 03/24/01
                Posts: 2631
                Loc: Vancouver, B.C.

                "Even if one was to start out with one CPU, that would be about 240-250 Dverbs and equal in power to about an HD 5 rig which slaughters my system with 2 CPUs.

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                • Originally posted by cultureofgreed



                  This is simply not true. Go to http://duc.digidesign.com and you will see that the newest AMD systems are FAR better then Mac. In fact, the newest LE systems running quad Opterons are very fast. The newst Dave C II tests prove that this system is actually more powerful then some HD system.


                  Posted by: Shan
                  Reged: 03/24/01
                  Posts: 2631
                  Loc: Vancouver, B.C.

                  "Even if one was to start out with one CPU, that would be about 240-250 Dverbs and equal in power to about an HD 5 rig which slaughters my system with 2 CPUs.


                  Uh, but does it know how to play an E chord?
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                  • I guess this thread has fallen out of vogue, but I've been reading through it with some interest, and wanted to add: Mackie Tracktion!

                    Quick to learn, easy to use, pretty powerful, good sounding. I like it a lot. Comes with some decent plug-ins, too, and has VST support.

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                    • Originally posted by phantom84
                      Hi,

                      I am new to recording. Would like to know what program is best for creating drum loops, bass lines, sound effects, etc to accompany my vocals and guitars.

                      Thanks a bunch!


                      reason or reaktor

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                      • I'm a little surprised that there was not more reference to Ableton on this thread.

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                            • I'm limited on the software end because of the soundcard I use, Its a Maxi Studio Isis 8 in 4 out I got off ebay for $100. This is an older card that wont work with XP or NT so I'm stuck using older software. I have Logic, Cubase and Cakewalk. Logic and Cubase have the same problems - You have to set up recording length and give the song a name before you start to record. with Cakewalk You can name it before you save it. I record alot when I rehurse. All I do is save an empty file with all my settings and plugins ready to go. Then I open this file, Select record all, And hit record. At the end of the song I do a save as and give it a new name. Bingo its done. I can reopen the preset file again and I'm ready to go. It may take me 15 to 20 seconds between songs to set it up for the next song. I couldnt get used to logic because it was totally illogical. So was pro tools. Even after reading the manuals which sucked It was tough to work with. I need something fast and reliable. Cubase isnt as bad but I do all live stuff with some overdubs occasionally. All this midi stuff can be fun if youre a recluse who cant deal with other musicians, or dont have rehursal space to have a band. But to me if you cant play it live its a lie to listen to. Anyway, I use a plugin that lets me use all the VST plugins you can use under Direct X and I can run maybe 3 medium cpu useage plugins per channel before my computer gets shakey. I can get a dam good mixdown and send the stereo files to my mastering computer where I have alot of hi end software to master the songs. Funney enough I use Cool Edit here and use the plugins like Waves. Cool edit allows quick editing of the songs like trimming fading etc. I remove DC offset and subsonics. I next run the files through HarBal for EQing. Then back to cool edit to do the Multi comp and Limiting etc. The whole trick is to have good recording techniques and Be able to play well. If you capture great tracks to begin with all the rest is just B.S. How many effects are in a Reel to Reel? Input level, Tape quality and Tape Speed. The Performance Mixdown and Mastering are the keys. I try to use a minimal ammount of effects for Mixdowns Cakewalks plugins are terrible but they have low CPU useage. Vst has better quality plugins but are they really needed just because you have them?

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                              • I haven't had much time to work with Line 6 GuitarPort RiffTracker yet, but I'm exited to this weekend. It might work for you. It just launched and there's a free demo

                                http://www.line6.com/rifftracker/
                                One post and a link makes me wonder if you aren't a rifftracker salesman but for what it's worth...
                                My friend uses Rifftracker and he loves it. He's a novice guitarist - he needs simplicity. How come no one else has mentioned Rifftracker? Is that more of a beginner program and you guys are hot shots? What's up? I'm looking for a multi track method of recording (a novice too). Should I go computer or get a eight-track deck? Have had so many problems with computers over the years that I'm a little leary of that route.
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