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What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:45 pm
by seedy
Curious to know!
Also let me know your PC specs if possible too (for a different reason - I'm thinking about building a new PC)

As yall know i'm currently getting my feet wet on Cakewalk Sonar 8.5
Beyond the stock stuff I also have a number of the free synths and effects - oatmeal, synth1, crystal, tal noisemaker, tyrellN6, all the interupter VSTs, izotope vinyl, ohm force, dfx skidder, tapestop, all the tal dubs, various spring reverbs, watkat

Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:58 pm
by Akkya
edit ***

Formatted the computer and bought a new piece of kit

i7 3.5 Ghz Quad core, 6gb ram, GTX560ti for games
Axiom 25
Emu 1616m
Absynth 5
Kontakt 5
Beyer 770 pro Headphones (Love these)
Tannoy Monitors
Several Plugins
- but mostly use various Eq's, Reverbs, Delays, Compressors, and Stereo imaging and mastering suites

Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:27 pm
by seedy
ha! 100s of plugins
i can see how this can happen quite easily :lol:
kinda like getting tattoos or eating potato chips :mrgreen:

Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:30 pm
by Ross
I use Ableton Live for effects, post-production and very occasional sequencing. Tend to use Audacity to tidy up my final masters. The next Sturmazdale album is largely made from live takes in Audiomulch. Otherwise I'm entirely hardware based these days, and looking to be completely away from the computer in the next couple of years if possible.

In the past:
2001 - 2004 Fruityloops
2004 - 2010 Logic
2010 - 2011 Reason

I don't really know what spec my laptop is, other than 'a bit shit'. It does the job though.

edit: ah, plugins. I got a disc of pirated VSTs from a friend in 2006 and used whatever was on that until last year, when I downloaded a few free ones. I've probably only ever used about 10 - 15. Generally go with in-built FX because I'm generally completely un-technical and just use whatever I've got to hand.

Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:01 pm
by tryptych
I tried to fire up some gear talk a while back, but that didn't, well, catch fire :)

- i5 2500K with 8GB of RAM (and pushing that to the limits all the time)
- Double displays (the other I got for free from a friend)
- Cheap-ass Samson monitors which I use for listening and tracking. Not even nearly detailed enough for professional work.
- Sennheiser HD555 (prosumer) headphones for more crucial mixing. They do the job. Nothing special.
- Reaper for DAW (switched from Ableton about a year ago) with some serious tweaks etc. Also legimate.
- Tons of LEGIMATE, purchased Nebula libraries which I use solely for mixing because of the sound quality compared to "normal" plugins.

I just recently bought a second hand semi-pro/pro RME interface for 200€ which I'm MORE than happy with. One of the best purchases I've ever made. Made a pretty big difference compared to working with some crappy internal soundchip, mostly because of the drivers and output.

Seedy, I'd say, know your gear instead of hogging tons of pirated software if you're just starting out. Grab something you REALLY like and drop some money on those guys. Just a tip ;)

Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:41 pm
by seedy
well i'm just curious as to what the good folks here use
i've surely read the common statement to say you are better off learning how to use 1 synth properly than use 10 synths like a novice.
naturally i've no idea what i'll end up using the most in the long run. gotta test the waters here and there!

specs is just.....well my PC was set up very poorly. it runs pretty good but i'm not sure i've challenged it too much.
to date the toughest it has seen is tyrellN6. i would like to be able to run practically anything though and I'm pretty sure my PC will not be able to do that

it's going to take some time but at this point i cannot stop the train of obsession (even though i have like no money).
step 1 - somehow convince the wife to allow me to spend some money
step 2 - i know nothing about building a PC
step 3 - build the PC

ha! :mrgreen:

this is so intimidating. i'll post it to forums and talk to a buddy of mine who knows tech stuff but ultimately it's hard to even brainstorm when i read so much about stuff i have zero clue about.
how many and what type of hard drives do you use?

i think i'm going to skip on SSD for this round.
i have a 75 gig velociraptor that i would love to use again but i'm scared it will not end up big enough for my OS/program data


Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:03 pm
by Ross
Hard drives... the one my laptop came with. Hah.

Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:55 pm
by mcbpete
Totally forgot about this - My house mates were away over Christmas so I managed to take over the living room:


Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:14 am
by devrandom
Well, until I get some proper analogue hardware, I'm stuck with my current music creation station. It's a Samsung laptop, running Xubuntu Linux (newest version). As far as software I use goes, I use three things mainly. Firstly, to compose I plug parameters into a hand-made generative composition program and see what comes out. When I get a melody I dig, I go to MilkyTracker, pop in a few analogue synth samples and program the melody in, taking chords into account. I export as Wave, then go to Audacity to mangle it until it sounds rad. So, in short: homemade melody generator, MilkyTracker, Audacity.

Re: What DAW/Software do you use?

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:01 pm
by epitome
I use FL Studio for pretty much everything on my mid-spec laptop. Seriously planning to put real time into making some music this year (I have a lot of learning to do).

I'm so determined to put the effort in, that I just bought a Waldorf Blofeld synth - seems pretty saucy.