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Old September 7th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #1
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I don't know if this is the appropriate section to post this question in, but here goes.

I used "cakewalk" many years ago to create music. can anyone tell me what the best programs are nowadays? I lloked at the cakewalk website and couldn't find an explaination for what their various programs did.

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Old September 7th, 2005, 06:21 PM   #2
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"Best" is subjective, and you'll find you'll just want to work with what works best for you and not necessarily anyone else.

Being Mac-centric, I don't know much of what's out there on EITHER platform really but for PC I've heard of:

- Sonar
- Acid
- Logic 5 (discontinued)
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I'm sure others will have a more informative reply.
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Old September 7th, 2005, 07:33 PM   #3
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Also Cubase, Ableton Live, N-Tracks, Tracktion, Pro Tools, Garage Band, Adobe Audition & Reason. What is it that you would like to do? There are a lot of areas, that these programs cover.

Downloading the demos is a good idea, all the current programs are very competitive, so it comes down to what workflow/interface suits you best.

Personally, for soundtracks, I turn to Vegas first. If I'm recording my own soundtrack music, I use Acid to take advantage of it's video feature with a sequencer, soft synths, and loops.

For pure music composing and performance, I'm a big fan of Ableton Live. For mastering, Pro Tools.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 07:29 AM   #4
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Thanks. You've given me a place to start looking....
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Old September 8th, 2005, 10:47 AM   #5
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Sonar is technically the latest version of Cakewalk. I use it and like it a lot (works just like Pro-Tools).


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Old September 8th, 2005, 02:48 PM   #6
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Hello Robert,

I thought I would add in my recomendation for Live...

I too used cakewalk to create music quite a long time ago. I started using
Ableton Live during version 1 and have never looked back. Live 5 came out
a few weeks ago and it continues to impress me.

The Midi handling is top notch and the sound quality great. Warping of
wav/aiff files has been improved as well.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 04:21 PM   #7
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I too use Cakewalk Sonar 2 (effectively Cakewalk pro audio 11) and it's great.

Only with Sonar did cakewalk introduce non-destructive audio editing. How I managed before I don't know.

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