i have been using fruity loops for a few years, and now im recording instruments and mixing demos of tracks that im going to make into a CD. So i might be a total amateur, but im enthusiastic and getting some good results with my music at the moment. Im also trying to move over to reaper, but that program isn't to user friendly.
As far as research goes, i have been researching for a long time, but it is very difficult for me to find relevant information, or at least something that isn't outdated. I find it difficult to get answers out of reading, i usually just end up asking someone directly because they will be relating directly to me.
By stock sound card would you be referring to a creative one? Ive had a look at this Saffire pro and im struggling to picture where it fits in to my recording process. I imagine it means i can plug in a bunch of instruments and have a jam or record simultaneously? also does it allow me to use my own VSTs on it?
As far as im going with this? well i am currently working on setting up a record label so i can legitimately release my own music. I also have friend who want to record music and put it out on my label. From there im just going to see where that goes but i will always be writing and recording music and i want to keep improving at these things.
I have 2TB and 2 backing it up.
Thanks for your post and your time. can you recommend a place to get the right sort of information? i just stumbled onto www.soundonsound.com
a magazine i used to read i will be having a look there next.
Sorry if I came off as a douche last comment.
Wasn't having the greatest day.
From my experience Reaper has been the MOST user friendly I've used(Pro tools, Cubase/Nuendo, Ableton)
EXTREMELY easy to use, ESPECIALLY if you read the manual(which everyone seems to neglect)
Reaper is extremely customizable.
Can look how you want.
Keys can function how you want.
It comes with great plugins from the second you download it.
Pretty much everything you need to produce a record right from the get go without having to buy plugins or anything else.
I know what you mean about that, it always seems better to just ask the question instead of trying to relate to someone elses question.
Yes, because in this game(recording music at a amateur/professional/whatever level) you WON'T be using a stock(creative etc) sound card to listen back or to record your music.
You will be using you interface(most likely FireWire for the reason I said before) as the converters will be better and are purpose built for high quality audio re-production.
The saffire pro is a very good unit for its price, offering good converters and good onboard pres and plenty of in's and out's.
You seem to think that your interface has anything to do with your use of VST's the ONLY interfaces where this matters is if you are using Pro Tools, then you can't even use VST's(unless you have a VST to RTAS wrapper) you have to use RTAS plugins(or TDM, but i doubt you are going to get a HD system)
Okay, so at this point in time you want the best bang for your buck really.
Have you thought about how much you are going to budget for monitors(speakers)?
Thats a whole other can of worms in its self.
Same as the interface choice.
With the hard drive thing, it is better to have two different drives.
One with all your system files etc and one with your recording stuff on it.
Google "optimizing my computer for recording" or something like that.
It will help you get a firmer grasp on why you should split it up between two drives(less cluttered drives, easier for the computer to find things straight away etc)
What type of music are you recording?
The first place i would advise you to join up to is GearSlutz
Although, in this game A LOT of different opinions and "facts" will be thrown at you, so really be willing to look at every side of a story and opinion so you don't go jumping into buying something that wasn't right for you.
Also, about what Comrade Curry said.
Pro Tools may be the dominator of the industry.
But that in no way means YOU need to use it.
MANY producers of good high quality recordings don't use Pro Tools.
I doubt you have a massive budget so a PT HD rig would be out of the question.
So you buying say an 003 or 002 or an MBOX or something would be a waste of money IMO as there are better Interfaces for the price out there.