Aug. 23rd, 2012 @ 05:52 PM
At 8/21/12 06:12 PM, BB-7 wrote:
Asking another time around what's a good DAW?
(FL Studio is not a friggin answer right now.)
Look bro, I've used quite a few DAW's, and the one I use right now is Ableton Live. Ableton Live is the most suitable DAW for my needs as an electronic musician. Here are some of the pros which I mainly notice:
1. Putting in automation clips is easy as hell. Unlike most DAW's, you don't have to fish through a list of all the knobs inside a synth or VST to find the right one. You simply click on the knob you want to automate, and inside Live, the option to automate that parameter is there. This has increased my workflow by heaps.
2. Unlimited amount of effects/VSTs on each channel.
3. You can copy and paste VSTs onto different tracks. This includes the automations and settings as well.
4. You can rearrange your FX chain, in case you realise you want some saturation to hit in BEFORE the compression.
5. There is an auto-warp option for importing audio files. This means that you can bring in an acapella, and it will sync it up to the tempo. The faster you make the tempo, the faster this audio track is. You can disable this if you want.
6. Very stable.
Now, here are the cons for Ableton Live I mainly notice:
1. The BETA with 64-bit support only supports 64-bit plugins. You can use the 32-bit version, but then only 32-bit plugins will be detected. You can't use both 64-bit and 32-bit plugins at the same time.
2. You can only export as AIFF and WAV files.
That's really all I can think of for the cons. Though, the first con I listed is pretty damn stupid and annoying. However, Live's capabilities make workflow so much faster for me than any DAW, that it's still worth using for me.
As for the stability, the only time I can remember getting crashes is a weird glitch using Melodyne. When I was messing around with Melodyne (I just bought this software), I was bringing in heaps of acapellas, then editing them with Melodyne to see if I could get them to suit the track. Anyway, Live would keep crashing shortly after I removed the instance of Melodyne. However, if I have Melodyne put in, and I leave it in, Live will not crash.
And when Live has crashed, or I've had a power out, Live has ALWAYS been able to recover the file. I still do many backups for my projects, but Live has never not been able to recover a project.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of Ableton Live, so you can decide whether or not it's for you.