Decent free DAWS

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  1. dbb

    dbb Well-Known Member

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    I'm very impressed with a new free version of PreSonus Studio One Free:

    Studio One Free « Studio One

    Yes it is limited and isn't all my new ProTools 10 is, but I've checked out a lot of free DAWS and this is worth a look, as it actually includes enough decent sounds and tracks and MIDI capability to be useful.

    Check out the features, and it is NOT limited to a 30 day trial. There is a possible 30 day trial of the Artist and Producer versions, but for most guitar players and band needs this is cool, just add interface and mikes, etc.

    "Unlimited Audio and Instrument (MIDI) tracks
    Unlimited FX channels
    Two simultaneous inputs and outputs
    Unlimited inserts and sends per channel
    Single and multitrack comping
    Multitrack MIDI editing
    Track list with presets and mixing-console link
    Track Transform (advanced freezing capability)
    Content browser with search, user tabs, and preview player
    Automatic delay compensation
    Easy-to-use sidechain routing
    Presence virtual instrument with 100+ presets
    Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
    Real-time audio timestretching and resampling
    Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interface
    Works with key commands from Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic—or create your own key commands
    8 Native Effects audio-processing plug-ins:
    Beat Delay – Tempo-Synchronized Delay
    Channel Strip – Dynamics Processing and Equalizer
    Chorus – Mono/Stereo Chorus
    Flanger – Stereo/Mono Flanger
    MixVerb – Mono/Stereo Reverb
    Phaser – Stereo/Mono Phaser
    Red Light Distortion – Distortion Processor
    Tuner – Instrument Tuner"
     
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    One word, Reaper.
     
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    dbb Well-Known Member

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    I've heard good thing about Reaper.

    It doesn't matter, I'm now using ProTools, which makes the other DAWS look like "Amateur Tools".
     
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    Reaper has the advantage of being free and of being a professional quality DAW.
     
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    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

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    Wow! It was only going to take a mere 10.5 hours to download. Hummmmm......:hmm:

    Now I got one word: TAPE.:naughty:

    Wade
     
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    Reaper? That took me about a minute to dl.
     
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    dbb Well-Known Member

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    So is Studio One, which is developing quite a following. It's just not set up for the MIDI stuff I do as well as Sibelius and Pro Tools.

    Like I said, Reaper is really good. I just do not need it.

    How is Reaper for doing orchestral mock=ups with MIDI and virtual instruments?

    And now even paid programs are not coming with CD ROM's for the software, but tell you where to download it.

    Our dear buddy Wade is still on dial up his his neck of the woods.
     
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    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

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    Yup, living in the stoneage is different to many. But ya know, I'm used to it. I was just saying the other day to my neighbors Fred and Barney how things are so behind the times here. Why Fred's dog, Dino, was having a hard time finding a decent size bone now.... Times are getting tough here in Bedrock.:(
     
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    dbb Well-Known Member

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    Yeah but this still works:

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    Give Wilma a kiss for me.
     
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    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

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    David that looks almost the same as my current unit. The only difference is that I had spent a few extra "clams" for the larger turtle for better bass response. :naughty:
     
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    i feel for you wade. i'm an analog junkie myself but happily have fast internet where i'm at (my computer just happens to be slow and "vintage").
    one thing is certain though - dialup or fast internet you can still rock it in bedrock with an SG, a loud amp and a RAT!
     

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    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

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    Yes sir one sure can do that here!
    Ya know I tried again this morning to see if that program would download. It was showing an estimated download time of only 15 hours this time. Gee, that sure sounds like a long time to pull that off. My system will lock up after a 30 minute download....Then I gotta unplug the computer. Let it sit. Boot it back up and do a "repair" while in the Start up phase.

    I really am glad that David and others have mastered the digital recording thing. I'd like to as well, but I just don't see that happening. So as long as I got tape, I can record. I'm not unhappy really. And I thank David for posting these things so others can make use of it to further their progress in their recordings.

    Wade,
    Rockin' Bedrock with analog tone! ;)
     
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    Wade, without high-speed access I'd never have been able to download Pro tools.

    The newest iMacs do not even have a CD slot - it seems everyone want you to just download their software instead of using a hard disc.

    This sort of sucks. Even on high-speed cable internet it took 6-8 hours to download all the various bits and pieces of the program.

    I'm really sure if your area had faster internet you'd have made more progress.
     

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