I mostly use FL Studio but my musical partner recently found an old archive CD-R with tons of old software, like Cubase 3.7 or Cakewalk 8, that we used 20 years ago. They still work on Windows 8 or Windows 10 and we're gonna use them again.
Started with Reaper, stuck with Reaper and don't see any reason to ever change again.
Same here. Although I must admit that Studio One looks very interesting to me, but right now I can't see myself putting in the time to learn working with another DAW. I've read more than once that Reaper has poor midi-editing compared to other DAW's, but I've nothing to compare it to myself. So I am kind of curious how much better others are in this regard.
I've been using Ableton Live Lite so far (that came with my audio interface). But I have to say that Ableton is too cluttered for me. I don't use the Live Sessions at all, for example, and some other features I've ignored so far and don't think I'll use them. If I can afford it, I will probably switch to Reaper.
Post by The Sage of Seers on Jun 6, 2021 21:00:37 GMT -5
I use a Maschine Mk3. It might seem like an odd choice as Native Instruments seem to market it as a hip-hop beat making tool, but it's really a great sequencer/sampler that's quite capible for all sorts of genres.
Even though it's just a USB peripheral, Maschine completely changes my state of mind; - I rarely look at my monitor (a lot of time I even turn it off!). Instead of staring at a screen, my mind's eye is now in my imagination and my ears are doing all the work. I must admit it did take a while for it to 'click' as I kept trying to do things the old way, but now I do things without thinking. If you've ever recorded straight to 4-track, it's the exact same mind-feel. Going back to Ableton or FL Studio feels like working on an Excel spreadsheet.
I use it mostly for recording hardware synths and really do feel like I have finally blended the hardware and software worlds into an intuitive workflow where I'm not constantly trying to get everything to mesh at the expense of creativity.
I used Ableton live for my first release, exclusively using a DSI prophet rev 2 as my sound source. I will be starting my next release this week after a break and will still be using Ableton Live but I have a Korg X5 which I want to use for sounds to go for a different feel.
I think I get on with Ableton as it’s the first daw I used and got used to using. I haven’t tried anything else and can’t see any reason for me changing.