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Old 01-05-2014, 11:31 PM   #1
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Best recording software for under 200$

Title says it all, what's the best recording software for 200$ and below
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:57 PM   #2
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Reaper for $60, or Logic if you're on Mac. Really the only two worth buying in that range IMO
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^ I second that, if you're on a mac go for Logic.
If you're not on a mac install mac on that computer and then go for Logic :P
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Reaper for $60, or Logic if you're on Mac. Really the only two worth buying in that range IMO


I see that Reaper works on Mac platform. Is it not as stable as PC or is it that Logic is more intuitive for you?
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:32 AM   #5
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I see that Reaper works on Mac platform. Is it not as stable as PC or is it that Logic is more intuitive for you?

Well the original question was fairly vague, but Logic is leaps and bounds better than Reaper, even from an objective veiwpoint. It has WAY more sounds and plug-ins built in, and it is more stable, it is much older, and it is frequently patched and updated by Apple. Also, all upgrades should be free moving forward, so you shouldn't be paying for Logic 11 or 12 or whichever is next. I could be wrong on that, but it's the current model with the Apple OS and their other big apps like Aperture and the office suite.
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Well the original question was fairly vague, but Logic is leaps and bounds better than Reaper, even from an objective veiwpoint. It has WAY more sounds and plug-ins built in, and it is more stable, it is much older, and it is frequently patched and updated by Apple. Also, all upgrades should be free moving forward, so you shouldn't be paying for Logic 11 or 12 or whichever is next. I could be wrong on that, but it's the current model with the Apple OS and their other big apps like Aperture and the office suite.
Don't think Logic's next big updates are ever gonna be free, but I'm with you on the rest.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:47 PM   #7
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You could look into Presonus Studio One Producer for about $200. I find it to be really nice and easy to pick up, but it also at your max budget. Just wanted to suggest it as an option.
There is the artist version which is free, but it has some limitations like no external plugins (though the plugins that are included seem pretty good).
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
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I like Cakewalk for the PC. Very flexible and meets my needs. I started with Home Studio version and moved up to Sonar 7 version. But Home Studio (and similar starter versions) have most of the capabilities you need to do some serious multi-tracking. There are plenty of free VST and VSTi plugin effects and instruments on the net.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:43 AM   #9
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Well the original question was fairly vague, but Logic is leaps and bounds better than Reaper, even from an objective veiwpoint. It has WAY more sounds and plug-ins built in, and it is more stable, it is much older, and it is frequently patched and updated by Apple. Also, all upgrades should be free moving forward, so you shouldn't be paying for Logic 11 or 12 or whichever is next. I could be wrong on that, but it's the current model with the Apple OS and their other big apps like Aperture and the office suite.


Awesome. Thanks. I checked out their page and some vids and see a lot of producers and performers like it. This was pretty cool.

http://www.apple.com/logic-pro/in-action/

Question about Trent. Did it sound like they said his guitars were all being amped by Logic/mainstage? Is that possible?
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:50 AM   #10
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Logic also has very streamlined midi sequencing.

Reaper can theoreticallly do (most of) it all, but it's not as streamlined.
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Awesome. Thanks. I checked out their page and some vids and see a lot of producers and performers like it. This was pretty cool.

http://www.apple.com/logic-pro/in-action/

Question about Trent. Did it sound like they said his guitars were all being amped by Logic/mainstage? Is that possible?

It's absolutely possible, and should sound pretty good. Whether that made it to a final record, I can't say for sure. It definitely looks like it, though!
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Question about Trent. Did it sound like they said his guitars were all being amped by Logic/mainstage? Is that possible?
It seems like they used mainstage.
Makes sense considering all of the funny effects they use...
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:39 PM   #13
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What ever you do...Down load ASIO4ALL V2.
It'll allow you to adjust your sound card to lower the lagtime if your sound card
wont communicate will with the software or VSThost wont run right or make squeegie noise.
For some reason Microft Soft took out certain programming in Win7 and Win8.

You wont notice it until you start recording that they's lag time.
Or if you install the software and it dont work...you'll get a big headache.
It wont matter what you stick in there. The Vst host has to get in sync with the sound card.
You need to get the lag time down to under 10 ms

I installed ASIO4all v2 and it cured it. Got it down to 1.3 MS.

You can download all kinds of Vst plugin. Amp emulatos, FX...ect. They're getting less and less avaliable for free becuase some people dont use thier site anymore.
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^ yeah, get ASIO4ALL if you decide to work on a pc.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:29 AM   #15
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For less than $50.00 you can get Cakewalk Music Creator 6. It has 32 audio recording tracks and up to 128 midi instrument tracks. It has all the normal bells and whistles (reverbs, delays, EQ's etc.) all independently adjustable and assignable to each track. It also includes the Roland TTI midi sound collection of instruments as well as some realy excellent drum loops, patterns and options. The newset version is also touch screen compatible if your computer can do it. It is a bit on the heavy side as far as processing so you need a decent processor in your computer and at least 4 gb of ram but it is a great software. Since this is basically a version of Sonor the learning curve is high if you do not have any previous experience with DAW recording but the value and rewards are excellent.
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^No 64 bit and only VST2.4 support makes me sad, though
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:14 PM   #17
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I would recommend Studio One Producer. Plus, about twice a year, they offer a $99 upgrade to Professional, well worth it!
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