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WinterSolstice

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Icon 6 posted February 10, 2007 19:14      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ok - to all the musicians, wanna-bes, etc...

I do quite a bit of music on my Mac and I just want to know: What's your favorite software for composing, arranging, looping, editing, and producing tunes?

I use SoundTrack and GarageBand right now with a multitude of midi/live inputs. They are pretty decent, though it always seems like the software gets in the way of the "process" as it were. Nothing quite as intuitive for sound as Final Cut is for video editing.

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 06:33      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Finale. I prefer note-based composition to using loops/samples/trackers/whatever.
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 08:22      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I guess Logic is the closest equivalent to Final Cut Pro. I've never used it though.
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Icon 3 posted February 11, 2007 08:32      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I too find that writing or putting together music on the computer is clumsy. Nothing was as nice to write on as my old PortaStudio. :-)

Via Scott Bourne and Mac Break Weekly, I just found Guitar Shed... it's the ultimate guitar utility for a Mac-using guitarist... it's fun, in particular the Jam Machine. Gotta love that roaring crowd. [Big Grin]

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WinterSolstice

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Icon 10 posted February 11, 2007 09:25      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Awesome!

I'm checking out guitar shed now, and I'll see if I can get a chance to play with logic (since $1k is a nice chunk of change).

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Logic Express is only $299. Then there's the free open source Audacity.
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This is a little long folks but you've hit upon my favorite subject.

Before digital there was analog and I had a system set up with 16 tracks. Unfortunately the analog mixer is extremely noisy compared to digital so I am currently using one piece of equipment at a time. I don't have a digital mixer yet.

I started on Windows 98 in 1998 using Cool Edit 96/2000, then Cool Edit Pro, then Sonic Foundry's SoundForge (which is now made by Sony). At the time the standard compression was MP2.

When I switched to the Mac in 2000, I had no software that I could afford other than a free program from Iomega called Record It! which was for OS 8.6. But now I use BIAS Peak Pro and Amadaeus II (which is a great value, although it is not yet Universal). Those are two-channel editing programs. My only complaint is that clean-up software for the Mac is expensive as opposed to Windows.

I am interested in using GarageBand for mixing because you can put in audio tracks instead of MIDI, mix and then export them as editable files. I experimented with Logic Express but was not impressed. Perhaps I need a more powerful computer for it. [Confused] (I have a G5 PPC 20" iMac 2GHz with 1.5G RAM)

I primarily use the Mac for editing recordings and digitizing audio transferred from other sources such as vinyl records, any type of analog tapes, videotapes, digital cassette, and MiniDisc. I have not experimented much with MIDI although I have the hardware for it.

I use Final Cut for synchronizing audio to video when there are more than two stereo tracks required. Otherwise, I use iMovie which does a nice job when it behaves. [Razz] [Big Grin]

EDIT: I'm checking out Audacity to see how well it works on my system.

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