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Post by PARSLEYtheLI0N on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 3:54 am

If i had enough money i've heard logic pro is good, i'd get a mac and get that. I've got Ableton Live and just started using it, anyone else into this sort of stuff know what's good? Any tips? I've got a Korg EMX its just vair time consuming which i don't have a lot of at the minute
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Post by Pete on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 4:05 am

Cubase is pretty decent. Simple to use and such though it's VST's are not fantastic.
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Post by Dodson on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 4:09 am

FL studio's top notch for VSTs but samples aren't it's strongest point, especially when it comes to chopping samples up
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Post by Pete on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 4:14 am

Reason is also good for VST's. I just hate the layout reason. Too awkward.
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Post by ChumbaWumba on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 4:25 am

I use Ableton purely because Skrillex does.

Haha but seriously, it's a sexy piece of software that isn't to hard to use either.
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Post by naroh on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 5:14 am

Ableton is good, but if you're serious just save for a Mac. Windows is to music what salt is to a snail. Not very good.
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Post by Pete on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 5:18 am

naroh wrote:Ableton is good, but if you're serious just save for a Mac. Windows is to music what salt is to a snail. Not very good.

This. Music is the one thing that a Mac is really a requirement for. Other forms of media you can get on fine with either.
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Post by joebarnes on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 5:21 am

Not sure I agree on that one Jack. Comes down to personal opinion and financials.

Before my laptop started being a dick (think I've blown something on my motherboard) it run Ableton and could run all VSTs.

But back to the question in hand, does about everything from sequence, sample to playing live and runs VSTs well, but it is really what you feel comfortable with, some producers still use Sony acid purely because it suits their needs.


Play around with the demos and then buy which one you feel comfortable with.
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Post by ChumbaWumba on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 5:36 am

I think Mac's are more suitable to music production because of the fluidity and efficiency in the Mac OS. Windows is a pretty clunky shitebag when it wants to be the amount of times it's crashed on me while i've been exporting a track or generally just playing back and tweaking is stupid. I've lost a fair few hours of my life to Windows crashing on me.

Window's definitely does the job however, no doubt about it.
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Post by joebarnes on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 5:55 am

But remember kids, buying a mac does not instantly make your productions sound any good.
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Post by PARSLEYtheLI0N on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 6:04 am

Cheers guys! Moving off from EMX, so still basically a newbie to software, need to learn a lot, even the basics, i'm just wondering which will pay off best if i learn it inside out ?

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From knowing barely anything.
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Post by ChumbaWumba on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 6:08 am

It depends what you're looking to produce really. All music production software have their strengths and weaknesses against one another.
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Re: Best music production software for Windows?

Post by PARSLEYtheLI0N on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 6:16 am

Without sounding like a tool i wanna say dubstep/trance, on a different note would you say hardware's better for getting Pink Floyd sounding synth? Seen as they used a lot of analog synths. . . - Sound card on my laptop is shite, one of the reasons i moved onto software so i didn't have to record into it, because the quality just wasn't good enough and i was too stoopid to know how to get round that

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Anyone got any soundcloud stuff i can take a cheeky listen to ?
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Post by naroh on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 6:18 am

joebarnes wrote:Not sure I agree on that one Jack. Comes down to personal opinion and financials.
Even if I use the simplest logic, in the long-run most musicians (or inspiring musicians) should end up on a Mac. It'll run all the same software as Windows, natively now...plus the added goodness of the exclusive shit you'll only ever get on Mac. So yeah you're right, you can get by on a PC...but for the best breadth of tools, samples, VSTs et al you should really be trying to use Mac. I'm sure there're loadsa examples of people still using Fruity Loops (which I adore, btw) but, in the long run, I think everyone should really be aiming to get in to Mac. Choice is a wonderful thing, and OSX offers more of it. Less likely to be sounding like anyone else with more sounds on the pallet too etc etc

Good point about here too - 'But remember kids, buying a mac does not instantly make your productions sound any good'. People bake up a lot of farts on Garageband and think it's certified platinum...frankly if you don't know music, a Mac ain't gonna help.

For the record, I've been a Windows user for over a year now. Not jaded at all over here. I just think Macs are better for music.
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Post by Pete on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 2:22 pm

I think really overall, Logic Pro is the best music software about. Really good plug-ins and set-up, it does the job. Pro tools is better for editing audio, but you need the hardware for that in the end to get it's 100% potential!
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Post by PARSLEYtheLI0N on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 5:16 am

Ahhh ok, maybe i should find myself a job and get the money for one then, really keen to get into getting good with software, just wasn't sure where to start
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Re: Best music production software for Windows?

Post by Hobbsy on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 10:03 am

Why not install a Mac OS onto your PC and use Logic Pro?
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Post by Scott on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 12:18 pm

Hobbsy wrote:Why not install a Mac OS onto your PC and use Logic Pro?

You'd need to make a Hackintosh. You can't just install OSX on any computer.
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Post by Hobbsy on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 12:28 pm

Piss easy, although windows on a mac is far easier!

Just takes a bit of tweaking!
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Post by PARSLEYtheLI0N on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 12:51 pm

Hobbsy wrote:Why not install a Mac OS onto your PC and use Logic Pro?

Didn't know this was easily possible, might look into it ! Cheers!
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Post by ChumbaWumba on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 12:56 pm

Personally I'd say if you're going to install Mac OSX on a PC invest in a Apple Trackpad or Magic Mouse to make the most of the touch gestures you can use.
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Post by Hobbsy on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 12:57 pm

Easily if you're a computer nerd. Impossible if you have no clue haha

And i agree with Chumbs
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Post by will on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 7:32 pm

I have Logic Pro 9. I just got it about a month or two ago. It's native AU's (same thing as VST's I believe) are very good. I haven't toyed with the synthesizers though since I haven't attempted any electronic type stuff yet. But I can say that i'm very happy with the effects options. It came with like 5 different reverb programs alone. I could have managed with one or two haha. It comes with every software instrument under the sun but i'm not sure of the quality of them yet. The record function is awesome, and my favorite part. Adding modulation and timed effects are simple and much more organized than they were for me for programs like FL Studio. The MIDI area isn't the great though, but I don't think much compares to FL's in my opinion. Logic Pro 9 is an all around good program in my opinion.

Also it comes with built in guitar/bass amps. Of course they're not the best and don't compare to NI's guitar rig or real guitar rigs but they are nice. If you get a good direct clean guitar sound i'm sure you can find something nice eventually!
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Post by Jaaakkkeee on Mon 16 Jan 2012, 10:34 pm

Always remember that you'll never stop learning though. If you think you know enough, you're wrong.

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