Hi all, here's another "how long is a piece of string" type question
Been out of the music loop for many years due to family, finances etc and have only
recently been in a position to re-take up my hobby again.
I have a Korg M3 with
exb-Radias as my only keyboard, purely for use at home. I have a small Peavy usb mixing
desk linking both the M3 and my PC to my active monitors.
My PC is fairly high
spec, I7, 6GB RAM, 60GB ssd as main hard drive and around 2TB of other internal disk
space, Asus D2X sound card, evga gtx465 graphics card,Gigabyte motherboard, dual monitors
etc running Windows 7 pro 64bit.
I want to use my PC as the sequencer rather
than the M3.
I have discovered things have moved on a good deal since I used
pro24 and Cubase on my Atari ST many years ago.
Which is what's leading me to
my confusion. It seems that nowadays software packages concentrate mainly on recording
audio, whichever s/w I end up choosing, it needs to be able to act like a top class midi
I looked at both Reaper and Ableton but there were a lot of negative
comments about both their midi capabilities, unless I'm misunderstanding what I read
(wouldn't be the first time). It sort of looks like many s/w packages are designed around
audio and the midi is an afterthought.
I see that they all seem to have s/w
synths nowadays, and that is something I could obviously make good use of to accompany my
There will be no vocals at all (well maybe using the M3 Vocoder just
mucking about) and I want the s/w to play back my M3 rather than record the M3 Audio into
I'm happy to purchase say the full version of Cubase 6, but as
these sorts of s/w cost a lot of money, I obviously want to make the right choice.
Looking at the official Cubase forum, I see a fair bit of complaining about
support questions not being answered which worries me a fair bit. I also am not overly
keen on some of the things I've read about their copy protection dongle. Not that I mind
using one, have used one in the past, just that as they now own the copy protection
company, I worry a little that they might be concentrating too much on this aspect at the
expense of the actual s/w. I've also read reports of the dongle causing lag as it's
constantly checked. I also really really don't like the way I'm expected to pay around
£20 for a dongle just to run their trial to see if it does what I want. It appears I
might be able to get this refunded when I buy the full version, but what if I don't like
it and want to buy something else. All these things together ring a few alarm bells with
Cubase. Even more so if I'm paying around £450 for it.
I realise to a large
part it's personal preference, but wondered if you guys and girls could suggest a piece of
software with decent support, excellent midi capabilities, friendly and helpful forums and
maybe s/w synths. Especially those of you that have say used Cubase 6 and it's