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Any free Daws?

Postby WiredUp » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:23 pm

I have a neighbour doing music at college. Her folks got her a Yamaha digital piano. I think it would be good for her to connect it up to her PC so she can discover the joys of midi and what not.
She's really not very techy so I said I'd help her. So I'll source some midi cables and a basic interface but what about software? Do any of the daws do a cut down free/lite version?
I'm a pro tools man and its been years since I looked at the other systems. I know reaper is affordable but I can't ask her folks to buy something at this stage, just want to get her on the first step.
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby lowlights » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:24 pm

There's always Audacity (for PC and Mac), but I don't believe it includes MIDI functions. But it's a free multi-tracking DAW, using VST plugins (which can be found free, etc.)

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/features
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby The Elf » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:27 pm

Reaper isn't exactly expensive - let the programmers have their due. Your neighbours were quite happy to spend money on the Yamaha piano, so why not the price of a couple of curries to inspire a lifetime of creative potential?

But don't forget that Reaper is free to get started with, so if it goes no further what's to lose?
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby shufflebeat » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:55 pm

The Elf wrote:Reaper isn't exactly expensive - let the programmers have their due. Your neighbours were quite happy to spend money on the Yamaha piano, so why not the price of a couple of curries to inspire a lifetime of creative potential?

But don't forget that Reaper is free to get started with, so if it goes no further what's to lose?

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That would give her the chance to try it out and give the parents time to realise the potential value. The eventual suggestion to buy is v persuasive, leaving you free from the role of persuader/salesperson.

If she does take her time to commit (the learning curve is not steep initially but may appear to be if she's not already a midi user) no heavies will be sent to the door.
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby BJG145 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:11 pm

There's a free version of Podium, and cut-down versions of other DAWs (eg Ableton Live Lite), but a Reaper trial would probably be the most sensible first step these days.
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby Mixedup » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:59 pm

I reckon Reaper is a good bet but can be a bit overwhelming for inexperienced DAW users. There's a decent free version of Presonus Studio One, and the paid (not that expensive) upgrades to full(er) versions are good too. The biggest limitation is of the free version is that you're limited to using the bundled plug-ins rather than use third-party ones. Very user-friendly DAW IMHO.
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby BJG145 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:43 pm

Interesting...yeah, surely that has to be the best-looking strictly free DAW out there.

http://studioone.presonus.com/free/]http://studioone.presonus.com/free/]http://studioone.presonus.com/free/

I suppose the strategy makes sense if they get some £300 upgraders.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec11/a ... one-v2.htm
http://studioone.presonus.com/shop/buy-studio-one-pro/
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby WiredUp » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:25 pm

Thanks guys, presonus might be the way to go, I'll download it and take it for a spin.
Its a shame there isn't just a decent simple midi sequencer, this girl is likely to give up if presented with too much.
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Re: Any free Daws?

Postby ef37a » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:08 am

Do have a look at MAGIX Samplitude Silver, totally free (you have to register it after a week or so but still bukshee).

It is limited to 8 tracks and minimal pluggins per track but is otherwise very useful. Full MIDI implementation, VST and ASIO support.

Teachers might go for it because AFAICS you just download it once and then each student can "activate" it on their own PC (not macs) with their own email address.

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