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Best Music Software #2778482 11/05/18 04:33 PM
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Hi everyone. Does anyone know the leading or most popular music software out there for recording, composing, autotuning etc. All categories. I'm thinking of starting a production studio and some point and and wanted to starting learning about music software. Thanks!

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Re: Best Music Software [Re: ZanderChicago] #2778492 11/05/18 04:54 PM
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There are many of them. Among the most popular :

Cubase, Logic Pro (MacOS only), Ableton Live, Pro Tools.

Ableton Live has a 30days limited demo.

I personally like another one, Reaper (60days demo available), more by its flexible logic than its content.

There is also a freemium product, Studio One... the prime version is free, but there is the Artist or the Pro version if you want more options.

Note: they are tools intended for recording and mixing. Composing (producing scores), will probably require another product (MuseScore... free, Finale, Sibelius, or Logic Pro).

Autotune will probably require another software (Melodyne is the most well known).

You may probably need other added software depending of your needs : virtual instruments, virtual effects...


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For composing with a score - Dorico, Finale, and Sibelius are the professional standards.

I use Dorico coupled with NotePerformer for playback.

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I use the free MuseScore program for notation editing. It has a playback function, but so far I just use that as a proofreading aid. There are people who have entered whole Beethoven symphonies in MuseScore and have them playing back. But for that there are tweaks beyond the information contained in the actual score.


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Re: Best Music Software [Re: ZanderChicago] #2778596 11/05/18 11:33 PM
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If you're on Windows 10 x64 platform go checkout Cakewalk by Bandlab. It is a free DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software that use to cost $$$

Worth a look in my humble opinion.

https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk

Also I look at https://www.tracktion.com/ Version 7 is free. They changed the name to waveform starting on version 8. It is now on version 9. Sale going on now and it is a great cheap sketchpad and the chord track is really fun tool. The one I wouldn't recommend if you never played with a DAW is Reaper. Not that it isn't a great DAW, it is just that it is a geek person's DAW or at least I think so. Saying that it does some things that other DAW's don't do and it is free to try and very reasonably price. Try Cakewalk by Bandlab, it is very feature rich and you have nothing to lose. I have been a Cakewalk customer for a long time so I am a little biased. But I also have several different DAW's (Samplitude Pro, Studio One 4, Tracktion Waveform, Cakewalk Sonar, Cakewalk by Bandlab, Reaper, +++) They each have pluses and minuses to them.


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Pro studios generally use ProTools. I use Digital Performer in my studio, and am very happy with it—very useful effects are included. For notation, Finale and Sibelius are the standard. Both are expensive, but there are inexpensive less-powerful variants.


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Frederic L has named the big ones. Cubase is probably the most user friendly and forgiving.

If you are just out for creative fun with a great result at about 10% of the cost may I recommend the iPad iOS platform. Admittedly VSTs have better virtual instruments, but the DAWs and effects in iOS are pretty wonderful. Most here will probably turn up their noses at such a prospect, but iOS has evolved mightily in the past few years with a tremendous array of tools and connectivity. Staggeringly inexpensive, portable, affordable, short leaning curve, great tech help at audiob.us
Forum, no mouse, touch screen, intuitive and great fun. I have spent many all nighters ( often in bed) refining and mixing tracks.

Here is an example of what I, a mere beginner with no desktop experience, ( three months in), could produce. The better your studio skills, the better the result. Again, you can get better results from desktop, but how much better according to your hardware and skills, and at what cost? And which would be more fun?

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/synthony-no1-in-gminor


Jazz at www.newartistsrecords.com. Search Michael Levy. Use Safari for free tracks.
https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070
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From reading forums and watching videos, here's my understanding of it, even though I didn't actually use most of these programs.

Ableton Live, FL Studio, Cubase and Studio One are mostly used for EDM production, but can also do everything else. FL Studio has (or had?) some issues with its live recording capabilities, so if that's what you're gonna do, I'd probably recommend picking up something else. The plus side of FL Studio is that you get life long free upgrades. You only pay once and get upgrades for all future versions for free.

Reaper has gotten more and more popular. While you still have to pay for future upgrades, their upgrading and licensing scheme is very friendly, and it has the least intrusive DRM protection of the bunch. If you bought your license some time around 2012 or 2013, you would still be able to get upgrades today (within two major version numbers). After that, you'd need to repurchase. The price tag is very low for what it offers, but if you earn more than a certain threshold, you need to buy a more expensive license (which is still cheap compared to the other programs discussed). Downside of Reaper is, while it does come with a basic package of plugins, it doesn't have much else going on. No advanced instruments or synths included, so you'd have to buy those yourself from third party developers, which puts the low price of Reaper in perspective.

If you want to go professional, you might want to consider that Pro Tools is often considered the "industry standard". From what I understand, people in, for example, Hollywood will expect you to have and be able to work with Pro Tools, because they'll send their project files and data in the Format of Pro Tools, and they'll expect your own project files back. This is slowly beginning to change though because more and more people feel like other programs are better, and they want to make the switch. Also you have to consider that Pro Tools requires an iLok, and there's plenty of people who had a bad time when their iLok had problems and they couldn't keep working for their clients and lost money. For many others, it works well though.

If you want to take a first look, you can't go wrong with Reaper for its low price. If you're determined to go pro right from the beginning, then I'd recommend checking out trial versions of some of the other programs.

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As music notation software I use mup (Music Publisher from www.arkkra.com) for decades -- but I never type its input.
I really fancy the beautiful vectorgraphical postscript output, the macros that give some possibility of programming and the many parameters that are available.
However I dont type the files in that format. I have an own LR(1) music notation language and I compile from my own format.
Recently I have finished the compilation into ABC notation as well. The major goal was musicXML which I can convert from ABC smile


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FL Studio is quite different from other DAW. For exemple, a record on a track can control any instrument. On other DAW, it triggers the instrument associated with the track. Then coming from a « classic » DAW can be a bit difficult. But each cited DAW is quite powerful and reading the documentation seems highly recommended. The FL Studio demo is free for a unlimited time (but it can’t save file or something like this).


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It really depends on the type of music. For most music, the industry standard (as already mentioned) is Pro Tools, but for classical music Pyramix is probably the most popular.

I use Pro Tools for film dialogue editing, and Cubase for orchestral mockups (using sampled instruments), but Pyramix for classical. Logic and Cubase are often regarded as direct competitors given their similar functionality. I like and use Logic, but I wouldn't want to depend on Apple for professional applications.


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