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Hey Everyone ..

Goport has awesomely sent me this list of links to some of the best software packs out there ... some great info right here so check it out if your wanting to get into recording ! thanks again Goport .. killer stuff !




Recording Software

Just a list of Audio Software to help get people started with recording. I have probably missed quite a few packages so if you want to add a link it would be most helpful.


First up the free stuff!....

Pro Tools Free http://www.digidesign.com/ptfree/ Very cool provided you are running W98SE or WinME. If not it won’t work. Basically this allows 8 audio tracks to be recorded and a number of midi tracks.

Krystal http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/index.php 16 track Audio recorder, one of the best free audio packages around. No midi support

Quartz Audio master Free http://www.digitalsoundplanet.com/SoftwareHouse/Products/Audio_Master/Freeware/freeware.phtml 4 track audio and 16 track midi


The NOT free stuff. (prices in US Dollars and taken from www.Amazon.com. These are cheaper than the list prices but if you shop around you may find them cheaper)


Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro 3 - $149.99 http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/GuitarTracksPro/default.asp
A package that caters specifically for guitarists. Full audio and midi support and has a range of FX and Amp Sims.

Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 - $94.99
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00009X70J/002-8090311-4440051
A general Audio/Midi package for home studios.

Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 XL - $149.00
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002MID32/qid=1098445172/sr=1-7/ref=sr_1_7/002-8090311-4440051?v=glance&s=software As above but with a few extra bits and libraries.

Cakewalk Sonar 4 Studio Edition - $299.99
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000657FRK/qid=1098445424/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3_etk-software/002-8090311-4440051?v=glance&n=229534 Fully realised Home Studio package.

Cakewalk Sonar 4 Producer Edition - $599.99
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00048VDIQ/ref=pd_sbs_MI_1/002-8090311-4440051?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance – professional recording package which allows mastering for 5.1 and 7.1 speaker systems.

Cubase SL - $299.00
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002M6TY2/sr=1-1/qid=1098445995/ref=sr_1_1/002-8090311-4440051?%5Fencoding=UTF8&n=11965861&s=musical-instruments&v=glance Steinberg’s home recording package

Cubase SX
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/- $399.00 /B0002M6RSU/qid=1098446190/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2_etk-software/002-8090311-4440051?v=glance&n=229534 Professional version of above (this link refers to cubase SX 2 which has now been superseded by SX 3. SX3 features are similar to those of Sonar 4 Producer Edition.

Adobe Audition 1.5 - $289.00
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00021XJ6O/qid=1098446527/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2_etk-software/002-8090311-4440051?v=glance&s=software&n=229534 Formerly Cool Edit – Adobes take on audio/visual studio package. Seems to be popular.
 

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Magix is very good. I used Music Studio 2004 and I know 2005 is now out. Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro...I have version 2 and 3 and it rocks but it lacks even one damn midi channel.
 

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brilliant guys!

Evhmoon - I didn't even know about that one.
PodGod - that one was suposed to be on the list but I forgot, thanks bud!
Stingx - I didn't realise GTP3 didn't support midi.

And keep them coming!
 

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Evhmoon said:
they left out a great one..which is what i use..

http://www.magix.com
magix music maker deluxe..
This one looks pretty good! It seems great value for money. I have their Music Cleaning Lab software and it's quite neat, if that's anything to go by, I should check the Music Studio one...

At the moment I use Synthfont to assign soundfonts/VST fx to midi tracks, export as wave, and then I import the wavs into PowerTracks... Powertracks cannot use VST instruments or soundfonts... if Magix Music Studio can, I'll buy it straight away so that i can stick to one program for everything.

So, Evhmoon, does it work well with midi/soundfonts/VST?
 

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nroberts said:
I am a Unix Admin, been at it since the mainframe days. I am a huge Linux advocate but I have to tell ya, nothing on that platform performs like the windows and mac software. Cubase, Samplitude, Sonar...that's where it's at. There is nothing available for Linux, sadly, that even comes 1/100 of the way.
 

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stingx said:
I am a Unix Admin, been at it since the mainframe days. I am a huge Linux advocate but I have to tell ya, nothing on that platform performs like the windows and mac software. Cubase, Samplitude, Sonar...that's where it's at. There is nothing available for Linux, sadly, that even comes 1/100 of the way.
I'll pull you out of the killfile long enough to respond to this...it is important enough.

There is a big difference between being a unix admin and knowing the ins and outs of the current state of the art in Linux audio. I am also a unix admin and programmer and am just scratching the surface on what linux is capable of in the audio area. Linux audio has taken leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and is going in directions totally foreign to these other systems. To dismiss it out of hand is just silly. Pro studios are actively using Linux for recording and mastering. It is definatly good enough for the average home user and even semi-pro home studio....and it is totally free in every way.

Do these software packages have everything pro-tools does? I don't know. Does pro-tools do everything these packages do? Well, not according to many on the Linux audio list but I have never used or needed pro-tools. It has gotten to the point that it is definately worth the bother to try Linux to see if it will do what you want before investing big bucks in pro-tools and friends because you may not have to.

About the Mac. Interestingly enough much of what Linux has to offer will work on Mac including apparently Jack and Ardour. I guess you can even patch itunes into a Jack network and gain all the benifits this of course brings.

And now back into /dev/null you go.
 

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I'm trying to use Cubasis 4 with PatchMix....I'm just learning but so far it seems to be a pretty fair deal....I got the software with the Emu1212 and 1010 aux cards...
 

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Im still hooked on VST , i know i should move on but i cannot detect the audio benefits im told exist in SX , I must be doing something wrong :scratch:
 

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bluesplayer said:
Im still hooked on VST , i know i should move on but i cannot detect the audio benefits im told exist in SX , I must be doing something wrong :scratch:
If your recordings are wrong, then you prolly donut wanna be right!
 

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bluesplayer said:
Im still hooked on VST , i know i should move on but i cannot detect the audio benefits im told exist in SX , I must be doing something wrong :scratch:
I like the features of sx 3. it has acid support and allows you to edit midi on the main page, making easy to sync up drums and bass. trouble is I am still saving for the bugger :(
 

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Multi-track recorders:
NTrack (around $70),
Massiwa,
ASIA (free)
Modern multi-inputs sound cards have as a rule something to record/mix
on a companion CD, so, if you have multi-inputs sound card you have all you want.
 
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