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best DAW

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 5:05 pm
by Omino
hi guys i need help to get more response for University/collage assignment can do me favour on filling the quick survey it will only take a minute to complete
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Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 5:25 pm
by Sam Spoons
Done, and yes it did only take a minute :thumbup:

You ask the question "which is the best DAW for beginners?" but don't give an opportunity to answer it.

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 5:26 pm
by The Elf
Neither Pro Tools or Cubase (amongst others) in the first list...

i'm afraid I lost faith at that point!

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:27 am
by John Willett
I started off with Fast Eddie in the 1990's.

There are lots of great DAWs missing from the list - Samplitude is excellent an d totally missing, for example.

If the questions is what did you use when you started, older DAW software options should have been included, some of which no longer exist.

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:05 am
by Sam Spoons
I actually started with a Yamaha Music Computer CX5M (it had a two operator DX synth engine IIRC) but as it's sequencer only did midi I wouldn't consider it a DAW as such.

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 1:22 pm
by Eddy Deegan
My first 'proper' music software was Steinberg Pro 12 which I bought at one of the Computer shows at Alexandra Palace in the '80s.

(I couldn't afford Pro 24!)

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No audio at that point, but you can't have everything :tongue:

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 1:54 pm
by James Perrett
John Willett wrote:If the questions is what did you use when you started, older DAW software options should have been included, some of which no longer exist.

At least he included the option of Other and then a space for you to enter the name. There are probably quite a few of us who have never used anything in the list so it is a sign of a well designed survey that we are catered for.

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 1:57 pm
by The Elf
I began on Commodore 64 (was that Pro-16?). Then it was a suped-up Atari ST.

I recall SOS loaning me an Atari Falcon that could record 8 stereo audio tracks alongside MIDI. It blew my mind! :o

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 4:53 pm
by DC-Choppah
Voyetra Sequencer Plus was my first. I used it along with a TASCAM four track. Was that a DAW?

Does anyone still use Voyetra? That would be cool, to get that running inside ProTools!

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 5:10 pm
by MOF
No audio at that point, but you can't have everything :tongue:

I started with Pro24, I didn’t know there was a Pro12. I quickly upgraded to Cubase when that came out for its logical, to me, arrange page. I struggled with the loop based approach of Pro24.
Strictly speaking I started out with something on the Sinclair Spectrum, so long ago I can’t remember what it was called, but I do recall it involved soldering up a kit for midi conversion that didn’t work.

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:06 pm
by innerchord
Eddy Deegan wrote:My first 'proper' music software was Steinberg Pro 12 which I bought at one of the Computer shows at Alexandra Palace in the '80s.
(I couldn't afford Pro 24!)

I was probably there too! :wave:

I recall shady-looking guys trading cracked copies outside...

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 9:10 pm
by Dave B
Sam Spoons wrote:I actually started with a Yamaha Music Computer CX5M (it had a two operator DX synth engine IIRC) but as it's sequencer only did midi I wouldn't consider it a DAW as such.

It was full 4 operator FM on the CX5M - I used to use one at secondary school and learned FM programming on it. Then promptly forgot it when I got into analogue synths. Yes I know that's the wrong way round...

:)

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 9:23 pm
by Sam Spoons
Thanks, it was a long time ago....... :blush:

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:08 pm
by James Perrett
DC-Choppah wrote:Voyetra Sequencer Plus was my first. I used it along with a TASCAM four track. Was that a DAW?

Does anyone still use Voyetra? That would be cool, to get that running inside ProTools!

Voyetra was my first computer sequencer too - and it spoilt me for just about every other piece of music software because it was so reliable. It never crashed - and it was in use in the studio nearly every day. There's another ex-Voyetra user around here too (hint - take a look at the editorial in some of the early SOS issues). I wouldn't consider a sequencer as a DAW though.

Voyetra's first DAW was Digital Orchestrator Plus which I also used for a while. The audio side was fairly primitive but it was easier than running SAW (my first DAW) alongside Sequencer Plus when I wanted MIDI and audio together.

At one point you could download Sequencer Plus for free from Voyetra but I can't see that download any more - although while searching I found that someone had got it running on a Raspberry Pi.

Re: best DAW

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 8:00 am
by Mike Stranks
... and I'm still left wondering if the O/P is intending to print-off, cut-out, and stick the responses on a bigger piece of paper before submitting his thesis... ;)