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Adobe Audition: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby awjoe » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:55 pm

Adobe Audition:

1 Noise reduction features. Audition has a number of ways to get rid of unwanted noise, and they're all good. If you can't clean it it up in Audition, that's pretty much a clear indication it needs to be re-recorded.

2 Appearance. For a start, Audition often looks better than other DAWs because it limits one's ability to go crazy with jarring color combos. Also, easily configurable screen appearance. It's really easy to make things visible/invisible and move stuff around.

3 I find editing to be very easy and quick.

4 I forget what the feature's called, but I have my template set up so that at a keystroke only a particular group is displayed - the drum group, for instance. It makes navigating a mix super fast and everything's zoomed in/out the way I like it.

5 CD View. I still burn CDs, and Audition has a CD creation screen that makes it really easy to set up and burn CDs.

PS: It might be interesting also to list the ONE feature you'd like to see added to your DAW of choice. Here - I'll start: (puts on grumpy voice) MIDI recording and editing capability!
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Cubase: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby The Elf » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:21 pm

1. VariAudio.
2. Fade handles.
3. Ability to warp tempo map to audio.
4. Audio editing.
5. MIDI.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby Mike Stranks » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:58 pm

Hello! Mr Party-Pooper here! :wave:

I'd be surprised if the majority of DAW users are markedly different to me in that:

I learnt from various sources what a DAW was;
I decided I could make my life easier/more creative by using one;
I saw one advertised* that seemed to fit/to do what I was looking for;
I bought it; learnt to do the things I need to do; used it. Stuck with it; upgraded as new features became available.

* For others that will have been a recommendation from a forum consensus or having someone they knew recommend/demo one.

Most of us are happy with what we've got. We've not done a tour of alternatives... like many things in life, we like what we know and are nowhere near unhappy enough or persuaded by other features to have to learn a new DAW and the way it functions.

Is the way 'A' does something better than 'B'? I don't know and am not really bothered. I work with what I've got...
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby Bob Bickerton » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:37 pm

I’m going to make a new sign for my studio:

STOP THINKING - MAKE MUSIC!

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Re:Cubase: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:47 am

I really have little to no experience of any other DAW than Cubase, so I guess familiarity & the fact that it does everything I need (which isn't much) makes me stick with it. I have no idea how it compares to other DAW's but I'm guessing from this thread there's a huge overlap. If I had more time to spare I'd probably give Reaper another try. My five top features would probably be;

1: Variaudio
2: Quadrafuzz V2 (Stupid name, awesome plug-in)
3: The Chord Track
4: Generate Harmony voices
5: Track Lanes (which initially I hated)
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Re: Reason: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby awjoe » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:47 am

John Egan wrote:I use Reason and three features stand out for me :

1. The mixer, the layout of which, I believe, is modelled on an SSL desk. For an old school git like me having the Mixer View instantly accessible and in such a straightforward way makes life a lot easier. New tracks are added automatically and everything is clearly labelled, every channel has EQ and compressors just where you would expect them, with decent default effects automatically "wired" to the FX sends and returns, with the ability to accept additional supplementary FX.


If you have any curiosity in this area, check out Harrison Mixbus. It's laid out like a desk, and many people love it for that reason. Plus it sounds great.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby awjoe » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:52 am

This thread's been an eye-opener for me. I assumed, like I do with most things, that most people are way better at DAWs than I am. But it seems that most people don't know a lot about any DAW other than the one they've used since they were born. Maybe another question to add to the survey is 'how many DAWs are you more or less familiar with?'

'Cause if you only know one DAW, you're not in a great position to know what your top features and functions are.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby CS70 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:34 am

awjoe wrote:This thread's been an eye-opener for me. I assumed, like I do with most things, that most people are way better at DAWS than I am. But it seems that most people don't know a lot about any DAW other than the one they've used since they were born.

That's because, as this thread shows, the differences are minimal, and mostly cosmetic.

I may have missed something, but the only stuff that's a little bit DAW-specific are Cubases' automatic harmony and chord tools and my mention of ProChannel (which however is nothing more than a pre-loaded set of plugins). And it's just a little specific... there's plugins for automatic harmony and chord tools.

Harrison is a bit off because its audio engine has built-in distortion and crosstalk. I have it but it wasn't enough of a thing for me to shift.

So, so long it works, a DAW is a DAW, just like a drill is a drill. You pick a top shelf one and that's about all the attention it needs.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby John Egan » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:50 am

REASON

awjoe wrote:'Cause if you only know one DAW, you're not in a great position to know what your top features and functions are.

I'm not sure that it matters whether you have the best DAW with the top features (whatever that is). The music matters. I think it's worth asking if there is anything that your current DAW will not support sensibly that a different DAW would enable.
I have in the past used Sonar as my DAW, but was put off by a change in appearance and style and so moved to Reason. At that time I also tried Live, Tracktion and Cubase, but they didn't grab me at all. There was also Project 5 from Cakewalk, which I found interesting, but it was discontinued. Once Reason enabled recording, I was able to move to it completely, having already started to use its MIDI instruments alongside Sonar, using Rewire. I have seen no reason to change since.

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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby ore_terra » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:53 am

CS70 wrote:
Harrison is a bit off because its audio engine has built-in distortion and crosstalk. I have it but it wasn't enough of a thing for me to shift.

I tried it and liked it initially. but lack of stability was a big issue for me.

I sometimes export stereo mixes from Cubase and do the master bus processing in Harrison Mixbus, but that's all I'm using it for these days.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby Matt Houghton » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:05 am

CS70 wrote: as this thread shows, the differences are minimal, and mostly cosmetic.

Perhaps I didn't phrase my post about Reaper very well, then. While I agree to an extent when it comes to most DAWs — they've all largely converged on the same basic model, with a few different frills around the edges, and GUI differences — some of Reaper's functionality and approach is very different from that of other DAWs.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby Arpangel » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:20 am

The play slider in Reaper is my favourite function.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:21 am

Mike Stranks wrote:Hello! Mr Party-Pooper here! :wave:

Bob Bickerton wrote:STOP THINKING - MAKE MUSIC!

awjoe wrote:'Cause if you only know one DAW, you're not in a great position to know what your top features and functions are.

Welcome, my friends, to the People's Party Pooper Party. Your membership cards are in the post.

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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby James Perrett » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:49 pm

awjoe wrote:'Cause if you only know one DAW, you're not in a great position to know what your top features and functions are.

I would guess that quite a few users of the newer DAW's like Studio One, Reaper and Mixbus have moved from something else.

When I bought my first computer based recording system I spent quite a bit of time looking at the alternatives and nearly went for a Sadie or Soundscape system but the cheapskate in me won out and I ended up with a Turtle Beach Multisound card and its associated Wave software which wasn't really up to the job. Fortunately the hardware was supported by the Software Audio Workshop which gave me 4 tracks of stereo audio on a 486 computer.

On the MIDI side I went through Sequencer Plus, Cubase and Cakewalk before ending up with Voyetra's Digital Orchestrator Plus which was the first software I used that could combine audio and MIDI. However, the audio side wasn't particularly sophisticated so I later moved on to Cool Edit Pro which was bought by Adobe and renamed Audition, before finally moving to Reaper around 10 years ago.

Along the way I also bought Sound Forge which entitled me to use simplified versions of Vegas and Acid and I also kept an eye on what Cakewalk were doing and tried a few of their demos. I also demo'd Samplitude for a while.

I don't know how many other people have kept an eye on alternatives in the way that I did but I thought it was a fairly common thing to do.
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Re: My Top 5 DAW Features & Functions

Postby Forum Admin » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:53 pm

awjoe wrote:'Cause if you only know one DAW, you're not in a great position to know what your top features and functions are.

This topic isn't really about comparing DAWs. Even if you only have experience of using one DAW, there is huge merit in everyone stating their Top 5 features/functions of the DAW they do use.

Thanks for the continued input/feedback.
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