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Postby Claire's Voice » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:11 am

I am a voiceover artist and a singer songwriter searching for the best DAW for my home studio. I considered Adobe Audition but realised that it doesn't support midi. Most studios I've worked in have Pro Tools but it's too expensive for me and I would only use a small percentage of its features. I'm now considering Logic Pro X as it seems to cover all bases and is affordable. Does anyone use this for VO work? Is it taken seriously as a DAW for music production? Any insight would be appreciated!
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Re: Multiple use DAW

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:12 am

Logic is Mac only if that matters but it is certainly taken seriously for music production/VO work and is considered to be 'professional'. All the 'name' DAWs basically do the same job though and, depending how you present your voice overs the client/producer won't necessarily know which DAW you used (I'm assuming you send them as .wav files maybe?). If you need to send them in as DAW projects then you would be best choosing whichever DAW your main clients use, if .wavs then pick the one which you find easiest to use (they all have a demo version fo you to download and try).
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Re: Multiple use DAW

Postby CS70 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:38 am

Claire's Voice wrote:I am a voiceover artist and a singer songwriter searching for the best DAW for my home studio. I considered Adobe audition but realised that it doesn't support midi. Most studios I've worked in have Pro Tools but it's too expensive for me and I would only use a small percentage of its features. I'm now considering Logic Pro X as it seems to cover all bases and is affordable. Does anyone use this for VO work? Is it taken seriously as a DAW for music production? Any insight would be appreciated!

Cakewalk Bandlab is as full feature as Pro Tools and free.
Reaper is very cheap and just as good as the others.

Both are very stable.

All the "major" DAWs (Pro Tools included) can do pretty much the same - the matter is only learning the interface. If you're starting from scratch there's really no reason to choose anything else - unless you have a Mac and then Logic seems to be the thing.

The reason for Pro Tools is to exchange entire sessions rather than individual files. My impression is that, if it is still so, it's mainly with cash-rich pop productions and studios, so it may be an advantage if you work in these circles.

I'd guess what makes you taken seriously is the quality of your work, not the DAW you use - at least by people who's worth be taken seriously.
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Re: Multiple use DAW

Postby Forum Admin » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:47 am

Welcome to the SOS Forum.

I'm a PreSonus Studio One Professional user and one of the tutorials I follow on YouTube come from a great guy called Red Baarns. He's a audiobooks/voiceover specialist and his site is worth checking out too.

Here's a video he made about the Studio One Prime (always free) version from PreSonus that runs on Macs & PCs, where he's specifically referring to voiceover and punch & roll techniques.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzhWImZDlV0

Hope it's useful.
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Re: Multiple use DAW

Postby ef37a » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:35 pm

You can download a 30 day, fully working MAGIX Samplitude Pro X 3 trial.

Does pretty much everything.

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Re: Multiple use DAW

Postby JohnButtigieg » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:43 am

Welcome Claire,


I suggest doing some self research into each of the DAW's and their capabilities.

As everyone says here, each of the DAW's practically do the same thing. In your case I don't assume you will be getting to far into the mixing side of things so their capabilities shouldn't matter to much.

My best suggestion after you've done some research, TRY THEM OUT!
Majority of DAW's allow you to take a free trial of their software before you buy it. That's the best way to see which suits you the most and balance it with the cost.


Good luck on your search!


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Re: Multiple use DAW

Postby G-Doubleyou » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:23 pm

If you're on a Mac GarageBand is already on your machine.

It's basically what Logic Express was in the past, it contains most of the effects and features found in Logic.

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