whats your favorite software?

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Postby diezdiazgiant » Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:06 am

i tried fxpansion's guru drum sequencer earlier, definitly alot better then battery for drums or for that matter any other program ive tried.

its like 16 step programming optimised so that you have a number of sequences running at once, all of them by default running at a tempo that is a multiple of the core pattern and pretty much any function you would need to manipulate patterns (switch layers of patterns/alter them) is mapped across a midi keyboard. its really fun for improvising.
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Postby Lumpy » Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:55 am

Synths: this one is hard.....Tassman 4, CS80V, Minimoog V, Ultra Analog, Virsyn Tera, a new one coming out from Native Instruments that I can't talk about yet, Kontakt, PPG V, Reactor.
I have lots more I like but those are the first ones I go for.

sequencer: Logic, Live 5

beat making: Guru, Live 5, BFD, Intakt

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Postby VCO » Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:03 am

so whats your...
- favorite synth? Homemade synths (made in Synthedit) or Synth1
- sequencer? FL Studio
- sampler? FL Studios built-in sampler. A VERY powerful sampler, which with a little tweaking may totally remake any sound!
- audio effects? Korg MDE-X (+ FLs built-in FX)
- mastering plugins? Waves + PSP Vintage warmer
- filters? Homemade filter plugin
- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys? Synthedit + FL Studio = extremely powerful combination!
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Tu2 and DDclip

Postby MrHope » Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:19 pm

My favorite programs are Tu2 (Tuareg II) and DDclip Pro. DDclip is the easiest multitrack recorder/mixer I've ever seen. The only down side is you have to convert frames per second to BPM for the grid, but other than that it's fabulous. It's much easier than ProTools. Tu2 is a .WAV sequencer/remixer/drum machine/synthesizer program. You can do a lot with it. I shouldn't tell you this, but there are cracks for both of these programs.

For a sequencer I use Jazz. It's not my favorite, but it's the only free one I could find that actually works correctly and has a metrognome and quantization. It's a little bit tricky because it wants to work in GM mode, but it's better than nothing.
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Re: whats your favorite software?

Postby valdiorn » Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:48 pm

- synth - No way I can pick only one. Albino 3 is my go-to synth these days, I'm also liking Oddity, Komplexer, Surge, Quadrasid, and of course Reaktor.
- sequencer - Cubase SX3, but an unlikely rival is challenging it: Phrazor! :)
- sampler - GURU for sampled percussion.
- audio effects - PSP Nitro, RetroDelay, Guitar Rig 2
- mastering plugins - Waves diamond bundle
- filters - Tone 2 BiFilter!
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Postby dbjungle » Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:33 am

- SYNTHS - Toss up between Superwave Pro and Wusikstation (Runners up. Pro 53, SCP5, P600).
- SEQUENCER - FL Studio 6 HANDS DOWN!!!
- SAMPLER - I don't do any in depth sampling.
- AUDIO EFFECTS - Kjaerhus Audio Golden Plugins and Blue Tubes.
- MASTERING PLUGINS - Kjaerhus Audio Golden Plugins and Blue Tubes.
- FILTERS - I just use the filters on my synths.
- OTHERS - Adobe Audition (I use this for simple wave editing and converting audio files)
FL Studio and VSTs that sound like (Prophet 5, Prophet 600, and SH 101)
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Postby burns46824 » Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:40 am

Synth: CS-80v
Sampler: Mach Five (incredibly easy to use, but I basically only use it for songwriting b/c the "universal" sampler doesn't work like it should. Why did I buy those Kurzweil sample CDs?!)
Sequencer: Cubase SX3 (by far the easiest to use IMO)
Underdog: Cakewalk Project 5...the synth/sampler in that thing is FLANTASTIC...DON'T TELL ANYONE THO!
Plug-ins: I use Waves Diamond
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Postby square_bubblegum » Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:57 am

synth: FM7, Korg legacy wavestation, lounge lizard (I love those sounds you get by drenching it in wahwah and reverb)
sequencer: live 5
sampler: I prepare my samples in Audacity and fiddle them in Live, I'm not a sample expert
audio fx: the ones in Live, I'm not into fx too much though...
no filters or mastering

I don't really understand what exactly is mastering, is there any tutorial with sound examples like before/after?
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Postby burns46824 » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:55 am

mastering makes things a lot LOUDER!
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Postby drawtippy » Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:09 am

I use Logic Pro 7, Ableton Live, BFD, iDrum and Ozone3 for "mastering". I love all those programs. I'm waiting for NI Komplete 4 to be available for Mactel.

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Without getting into heavy details, mastering is a series of sound manipulations that make recordings sound like CDs you buy at the store. It's polish, warmth, loudness etc. Most major label releases are mastered at a mastering house whith very specialized and expensive equipment but some software does a great job...especially Waves and I'm fond of Ozone 3.

Dig around the izotope.com website they have a downlaodable PDF on the basics of mastering (and one on dithering). It's very informative. While you're there you can download a demo of Ozone a hear the difference yourself.
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Postby square_bubblegum » Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:36 am

thanks for the info

looks like a new world for me!
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Postby cfernn » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:38 pm

Wow, surprised to see so many Waves users. How many of you guys actually paid for your Waves plugins? Especially the Diamond Bundle? Isn't it like $5,000 ?

Sorry moving on...

favorite synth? - Junatik ensemble sounds like a medical version of my Juno 106 which is kind of cool

- sequencer? - Logic 5.5 is a vintage classic

- sampler? - EXS24mkII (although mapping out and layering samples in this plugin is truly illogical)

- audio effects? - Logic provides some winners, Izotope Trash

- mastering plugins? - Sonalksis SV-315 compressor (I know some Waves users who have converted to this tight baby)

- filters? - I don't know

- plugins/audio software that might not fit perfectly into the above categorys? - I don't know
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Postby mikdrop » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:08 pm

Soft synth-(i dont use them in recordings) arturia minimoog and legacy collection

sequencer - Live

sampler - record my own "samples" and cut them up in live

audio effects - Live

mastering plugins? - i have someone else master for me with hardware

filters? - live, Legacy filters, sonic maximizer plug-in
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Postby burns46824 » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:05 pm

I didn't buy Waves Diamond...in fact, the only software I think is worthy of a purchase is software that is based around sampling (b/c you can't illegally download a software sampler successfully).

Software is WAY OVERPRICED!!! I did buy SX3 tho...

I wouldn't be a bitch and steal software if it were cheaper...I think that goes for everyone!
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Postby fingerbib2000 » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:59 pm

burns46824 wrote:I didn't buy Waves Diamond...in fact, the only software I think is worthy of a purchase is software that is based around sampling (b/c you can't illegally download a software sampler successfully).

Software is WAY OVERPRICED!!! I did buy SX3 tho...

I wouldn't be a bitch and steal software if it were cheaper...I think that goes for everyone!



How exactly is software overpriced?!?
maybe you say it's over-priced because you can't afford it and it's easy to steal?
Every hardware synth ever made becomes overpriced if the alternative is just to steal it.
Don't underestimate the time, cost and effort that goes into developing innovative software.
There's plenty of free stuff out there. (this is not a potshot at you burns but just people in general who say they'd buy software if it was cheaper)
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