I'd like your advice on which DAW to get/upgrade.
Main use: Record rehearsals for my trio (Yamaha Tyros 5 - I record MIDI onboard the Yammie, edit it somewhat in the DAW, and records the audio output), so the band members can practice in their homes.
Secondary use: Recording solo (tribute) album. Drums from EZ Drummer, me on all other instruments & vocal. Melodyne integration is rather important, as is audio quantize/groove extraction. I'm not that good on bass, and my vocal skills are... enthusiastic, but lacking in pitch perfection.
Tertiary use: I sometimes run a music production class in the local jail. I've been using Sony ACID Music Studio 10 for that. Probably no need to change that in the foreseeable future.
Apparently, I've been collecting DAWs up through the years.
Here are the DAWs I currently have a license for, with upgrade price to the latest version in parenthesis:
- *Sony ACID Pro 7 ($116, v8.0) - I've owned & used Acid since about 2001. No Melodyne, no good audio quantize
*Studio One 3.5 Pro ($199.00, v4.0) - I have an ongoing project (solo album) in this one, but do I really need any of the new features in 4.0? I kinda doubt it. VERY good audio quantize and Melodyne integration
*Tracktion Waveform 9 - I used to use Tracktion back before Mackie came in and killed it. Used to like it, but haven't really tried the new version. Looks very promising. How is audio quantize here?
*Reaper v2.x ($60.00, v5.80) - Love the startup-time on this one. Does Audio quantize badly, I think. No Melodyne either, as far as I can see?
*Reason 8 ($129, v10) - Never really used it. Been an owner since version 4.something
*Sonar by Bandlab v24.04 - can you beat free? How is the learning curve? Will it STAY free? Audio quantize? Melodyne integration?
*Acoustica Mixcraft 8 - Kinda looks like Acid. Dunno why I bought it.
*Steinberg Cubase Artist 8 ($147, v9) - Never got my head around Cubase, really
*Ableton Live Suite 8 ($297, v10) - Never made music with it. Want to - a friend gave me an APC40 also.
*Ignite v1.0 ($50, v1.4.1) - Weird. Just... weird.
*Steinberg Sequel 3 - abandonware?
*Harrison Mixbus v2 ($79, v4) - Didn't do MIDI well back in the day. Don't know about now?
*Magix Music Maker - hey, it's free!
I've put them in what I believe is the order I am most likely to use them.
What do you think?