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  1. I have found that it's usually best to wait on a sale to get the best deals on music software. I'll admit Sonar is an expensive proposition to break into initially at 499.00 dollars. After that it gets less painful. Compared to Reaper at 60.00 , Studio One at 399.00 and a few others at that same price point 499. 00 is admittedly on the higher end of this. Sonar isn't alone as there are a few more where the price of admission is steep. I think it is a good value though considering if you like to mix a lot or are mixing for others for hours on end you want something that works well and is full featured. There is a current sale on from Cakewalk that steeply lowers the price of admission by 100.00. Use code GROUP to get it foe 335.16 here: https://www.jrrshop.com/cakewalk-sonar-platinum http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR/Whats-New#2017.05 For 399.00 you get one of the most professional and powerful daw programs out there. You own this with no strings attached, however updates are additional after a year. Don't forget though, there are occasional sales on the update packages. It's a really great time to bake songs in Cakewalk Sonar!
  2. So I've been a part time user of Studio One for some time now with my last version being 2.5. I had no real reason to change what I was using, but occasionally a new thing will come along that I just cant ignore. Presonus has been making some interesting changes recently to Studio One Professional. The first big one I noticed this past year was the addition of the arranger. The closer you look at this function the better it gets. DAWs have always been able to shift audio around in chunks for arranging purposes. What is different here is the way they have designed the workflow to enable you to move large portions of audio around all at once very easily. Basically you determine which parts of the song you wish to arrange and give them labels. The most common being verse, chorus, break, pre chorus. Once labeled you can move them anywhere with seamless perfection in any order in your song with any number of repetitions. Let's say you want another verse or you don't like where the solo is and you want to move things around. You have 100 tracks you say????!!!!. It couldn't be easier to do in Studio One 3.5. The closest I can come to that in Sonar is I can ripple edit tracks and songs. Not quite as intuitive. I have the matix view which is very similar to Ableton in how it works. So I can do it, but not as easily. The second big thing is latency compensation. They have devised a way to reduce both audio effects and software instrument latency using a new native approach that cuts milliseconds off of latency. As far as I know no other DAW has this. Yes others can set their buffers, but the two are different animals. The new setup has a work around to systems that were held back by a slower internal routing scheme or slower hardware. It is still dependent on your Cpu and interface to some extent, yet it can breathe some life into an older interface. When used with a thunderbolt interface it can scream. I was able to get my old Presonus Firetube studio down to 3ms and 64 buffers. I haven't had the chance to really test it yet, but on paper it looks really good. I just purchased an upgrade from 2.5 to the most recent 3.5 version. Older version won't have this feature. I'll still probably track in Sonar because it's very easy to get good takes using it. Part of that has to do with my eyes liking the graphics and work flow of Sonar. From then on though I'm no longer so sure. SO seems to be leading the pack overall and that's hard for me to say as a partial Cakewalk Fanboy. The tools and layout in Studio One are better for mastering. It's cross platform which doesn't usually concern me as a PC user, however it also means I can share files cross platform. Friends with SO who have a Mac..no problem. If you own a few decent daws you likely really don't need any more plug ins since both Sonar and Studio One are loaded with juicy well done plug ins. I still get the 3rd party ones I think will be helpful. Studio one is tied very well to their Presonus interfaces which takes the quess work out of configuring an interface is using these compatible products. I can'y say the same about Cakewalk with respect to Tascam. Yes almost all interfaces will work in Sonar. It isn't the same as having an interface with control written into the daw. It would only make sense to upgrade my next interface from Presonus. If you get the chance check it out. http://www.presonus.com/press/press-releases/Studio-One-35
  3. Man I had forgotten about this thread. I type way too much.
  4. In my opinion this is up to you.
  5. Every week Melda has a sale offering 4 of their plug ins for 50% off. https://www.meldaproduction.com/ MCompare is one of the plugs on offer. A good A/B tool . Lets you compare a selected commercial mix to your mix. If you ever wanted it now is a good time to buy it.
  6. Wow talk about reviving an old post! Good subject though. My .00002 is this- I haven't found a metronome yet that can add swing. Swing is where the groove is much of the time. Playing swing to a metronome can be difficult because you're playing slightly off the beat. Even midi with a programmed swing can sound mechanical. This is why I opt for a real drum track on material that usually has swing in it like R&B. The drum track can be "pulled in" to a close timing with audio stretch technology. All drummers tend to drift some over time. One of the recent challenges I've had has been taking a vocal with no music and adding a beat to it. In that case I tapped a tempo into my DAW software and then I had a tempo I could map to. I take music lessons on violin and my teacher is always recommending I use a metronome. For classical music it seems to be a necessity. It seems to help, but I can't do it for long and stay sane. I would rather tap my foot.
  7. I'm glad you got it Richard. Yes that's a huge package. I suspect it will take some time to download it all. You won't be sorry. You're gonna love Neutron as well.Can't really go wrong there. I think I really goofed in ordering the wrong package from AIR. They aren't getting back to me. I'm tempted to order the right thing. I'll loose 60 more quid. It's still a deal since individually programs like Velvet and Structure sell for a lot of money. From their end I understand. They are the middle man so they need to contact AIR and try to straighten the whole mess out for a difference of less than 15.00. Not really worth the effort for them. I'll be interested to see how well Structure plays Kontakt samples. The biggest differences are probably the scripting. I'll be pleasantly surprised if it still retains that.
  8. Bass guitar application. A collection of amp sims patterned from famous bass amps. They can't use the real names for legal reasons. The skins should give you a good idea. On sale $ 39.99. https://www.audiodeluxe.com/products/ik-multimedia-ampeg-svx?mc_cid=e0216b41cf&mc_eid=08fe0779bc
  9. Not sure if this makes any sense to you. Sometimes the emotional aspect of the music moves me to such a degree that the words become secondary. More like complimentary. The music takes the lyric to a place that seems to make sense even if it doesn't make sense. I'm kid of analytical , so while I'm attempting to analyze it, I'm also digging it at another level. I also like to hear a good interesting story too. Because of the condensed way we are trained to listen to modern music , the details of the story usually need to come and go in 3-5 minutes. For someone who likes to write long poems this is a real challenge I think. And then there's the long lyrics that still don't get you to a place of resolve.
  10. I liked Pinterest after I got past all the recipes. I'll check this out.
  11. Correction , link is for the "select upgrade" Here's a link to the "complete upgrade" for not much more money you get a lot more. FYI !!! I wasn't aware of the "complete" sale until I already ordered the "select" package. I believe jrrshop will bill me the difference for an upgrade. Don't make the same mistake. https://www.jrrshop.com/air-music-tech-air-instrument-expansion-pack-complete-upgrade
  12. I keep my sounds on a separate internal hard drive and that has worked well. I built my own computer. I'm not sure how it would go streaming off of the included HDD. If the specs show it's a 5500rpm instead of a 7200 rpm, then it's only a basic small hdd and probably not suited the best for live streaming. I have not tried it so I'm probably not qualified to give you a decent answer. Good luck!
  13. Glad you landed a decent deal Richard! I did a similar thing and waited until a black Friday sale to buy a copy of Komplete Ultimate upgraded from Komplete Basic. I wait for sales on updates. For me an upgrade makes more sense every year or two since they only add a few programs each upgrade. I let the programs accumulate until upgrading makes more sense. AIR Music technologies is a competitor. Their packages are less expensive. I just picked up a collection of sounds from them which I posted here as a sale for under 50.00 US Dollars. A whole package for less than one program from NI. I wouldn't compare as equal head to head, but they offer a lot of great sounds and synths for a great price.
  14. I have heard a lot of good reviews of the AKG C414. There are so many types of the C414 it almost gets confusing. I'm not sure what the "B ULS" is. A fairly expensive mic if compared to basic home studio mics. Definitely a better mic and worth the extra money if reviews are any indication with Ray's recommendation further supporting this. The AKG C214 uses the same capsule as the C414 and is less expensive. Not sure what the trade off in quality is. I was never able to try my mics before I bought them, so it was a bit of a gamble sometimes trying to locate one I liked. I did some research and usually ended up with what I wanted, but a few times I got a mic I didn't like as much. There weren't any I hated, but some bring out certain characteristics better than others. I generally prefer a frequency flat mic and don't like anything to be hyped or truncated. I can always work with that ITB, but that's me.
  15. Ends July 2nd. There's a reason they call it Komplete and ship it out on a separate hard drive. It is a HUGE collection of pretty much anything you would ever use for computer composed music. Check it out here- Komplete Ultimate 11 Update