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> Best / Easiest To Use Music Creation Software?
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post Sun 13 Jan 2008, 12:18
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I've considered several music creation software packages, cubase, sonar, acid, pro tools, and I just am a little confused about what they do, which one is best and which ones are easiest to use


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post Mon 14 Jan 2008, 06:21
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{better Posted Yesterday, 12:18 PM I've considered several music creation software packages, cubase, sonar, acid, pro tools, and I just am a little confused about what they do, which one is best and which ones are easiest to use}

better, I find it amazing that you are considering Pro Tools. Do you have any idea of the costs? Most of us would love to own Pro Tools but, it's just too expensive... How can you consider Pro Tools when making a Post like this:

better, Sunday January 13, 2008. 12:16
What is the best recommended place to download music for mac? itunes is just too expensive even though it will be so convienent I just can't pay it. Is there anything better than Limewire? Is there anything that has a flat monthly rate or anything? This is so annoying.

If you are really young 14-16 I'll forgive you... If you're older than that, well, you should just know better...

Come on better, you gotta do better...

You don't need anything more than your creativity. You can compose a great song with just a guitar or keyboard... It really does not matter which sequencer you use... A Sequencer no matter how good is nothing without a good idea or player/musician...
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post Mon 14 Jan 2008, 18:45
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Ableton LIVE is by far the best, especially if ease-of-use is one of your criteria.

Miles ahead of the other programs. (I have used Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar and Acid --and Performer on the Mac platform as well)

Live has a beautiful, clean, uncluttered, easy to customize UI. It makes it very easy to test out lots of different variations of an idea, and it has some cool, advanced capabilities like warp makers.

Pro Tools LE is a cheaper version of the program most-used by professionals, so that is an OK choice, too, but keep in mind that the companies that sell ProTools (AVID owns Digidesign and M-Audio) are investing heavily into Ableton Live. ( I think M-Audio is or is seeking to become the exclusive US distributor)
So that should tell you something. ( e.g. They bought it cause it's easier than trying to beat it)

Also the schools which teach Pro Tools, also teach LIVE (and Propellerheads REASON) as part of thier Pro Tools courses. That should also tell you something. ( e.g. They are nearly essential add-ins to the Pro Tools production platform)

I use LIVE to develop and debug ideas, and then import to Pro Tools LE., which is better in terms of credibility / compatablity / working with pros.

Regarding music downloads, if you are trying to become a music maker, it is best to download just one song at a time, and sit down and really learn and master that song. Try to recreate the song, track-by-track, on your system, and you will gain immensely from that.

Pay the 99 cents per song, and consider the songs as $250/hour lessons from some of the best artists in the biz..That is, by far, your best bang-for-the-buck. You spend very little on downloads, but get thousands of dollars worth of instruction from industry masters.

The only thing you should be downloading free is the Ableton Live trial version.
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post Mon 14 Jan 2008, 21:21
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Another program that you might want to consider is Mackie's Tracktion 3, the best thing is, everything is in 1 window!! Tracktion 3 comes with a bunch of loops (depending on which version you get). Its not the best program in the world but either way its still something thats not as complicated as some of them and you can still get your work done. You can download the demo to check it out. By no means am I saying that this program is better than Ab Live or anything else, its just another choice that a lot of people are not aware of.
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Ableton LIVE is by far the best, especially if ease-of-use is one of your criteria.

Miles ahead of the other programs. (I have used Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar and Acid --and Performer on the Mac platform as well)

Live has a beautiful, clean, uncluttered, easy to customize UI. It makes it very easy to test out lots of different variations of an idea, and it has some cool, advanced capabilities like warp makers.

Pro Tools LE is a cheaper version of the program most-used by professionals, so that is an OK choice, too, but keep in mind that the companies that sell ProTools (AVID owns Digidesign and M-Audio) are investing heavily into Ableton Live. ( I think M-Audio is or is seeking to become the exclusive US distributor)
So that should tell you something. ( e.g. They bought it cause it's easier than trying to beat it)

Also the schools which teach Pro Tools, also teach LIVE (and Propellerheads REASON) as part of thier Pro Tools courses. That should also tell you something. ( e.g. They are nearly essential add-ins to the Pro Tools production platform)

I use LIVE to develop and debug ideas, and then import to Pro Tools LE., which is better in terms of credibility / compatablity / working with pros.

Regarding music downloads, if you are trying to become a music maker, it is best to download just one song at a time, and sit down and really learn and master that song. Try to recreate the song, track-by-track, on your system, and you will gain immensely from that.

Pay the 99 cents per song, and consider the songs as $250/hour lessons from some of the best artists in the biz..That is, by far, your best bang-for-the-buck. You spend very little on downloads, but get thousands of dollars worth of instruction from industry masters.

The only thing you should be downloading free is the Ableton Live trial version.
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post Tue 15 Jan 2008, 01:44
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All of the ones you mentioned have free demos available for download. Give em a try first and find out for yourself what works best FOR YOU. Some people love DP and some love Logic and I, for one, totally LOVE Ableton Live. I assume you have Garage Band on your Mac. Maybe try that first. Each one of these programs have their own special set of Pros and Cons and you really will just have to decide what is easiest to get into.
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