Seriously guys? Desktop>laptops. If you are doing any kind of music production that’s more than just a few tracks you are probably going to need multiple hard drives to store your samples, large amounts of RAM, a decently fast processor, an SSD drive, preamps…the only advantage a laptop really has is that it is portable, but really, so is a desktop. If desktops weren’t portable, LAN parties wouldn’t exist. For me, I have a half a rack of preamps, audio interfaces, analog equipment, microphones…if I’m going somewhere, that stuff is probably coming too, so at that point what does it matter if my computer is in a tower or folds in half?
I know society is in love with portable devices at the moment, but if you are doing any kind of serious work on computer from 3d modeling, to music production, to programming, to graphic design, it really pays to have a desktop. I’ve always thought Laptops were more for failed writers so they can take them to coffee shops and show off to the world that they are writing and students so they can take them to class and play video games, but hey, if people actually like Laptops, who am I to judge.
I think once you learn how to use one DAW, most of them are set up the same. Sure, they have their own little quirks but it’s all just a bunch of tracks laid out vertically that you route analog and midi inputs into/out and where you can lay DSP effects and Virtual Instruments/Plugins (like EzDrummer).
Reaper is pretty good as far as DSP processing and, although it isn’t free, you can sort of use it like it’s free?
Logic and Garage band are fine, but I’m not really partial to the GUI, like a lot of MAC stuff it feels cutesy to me. Garage Band makes it unnecessarily difficult to use 3rd Party plugins, but once you know how to do it it’s not so bad.
Protools on a MAC – Good for recording, but uses it’s own proprietary plugin format that no other DAWS use and that less people develop for.
FL studio I personally don’t like as an all-around DAW.
Cakewalk Sonar is what I use, mostly because it was the first DAW I used, so the setup is really familiar to me. I can personally attest to – having programmed some VST’s and tested them in different DAWS – that Sonar is pretty good/better at handling plugin-crashes and weird stuff than the aforementioned DAWS. But I doubt that’s an issue with EzDrummer, they have likely tested it in everything.
Steinberg’s Cubase I’ve barely used, but it seems pretty much like the “standard DAW.” Steinberg is also the company that developed VST – if you are using Windows, EZDRUMMER will undoubtedly be a VST Plugin. On Mac, you will likely use it as an AudioUnit plugin, which works with Garage Band, Logic, Digital Performer, ect. If you want to use Protools, you will be using AAX/RTAS, which again, is something only Protools uses.
If I were you, I’d go to the EZdrummer website (since that’s what you are using) and look at the list of compatible/supported hosts, and choose one that supports drag/drop as this is the easiest way to get the midi drum tracks from EzDrummer into a DAW.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say most people who will recommend DAWS are probably recommending the one they’ve used forever. I doubt most people have done a lot of comparisons between different DAWS, because once you get used to one, it’s pretty hard to switch and there’s little reason to.
If I were to live life over again, knowing what I know now, I’d probably give Cubase a shot, just for the fact that it is so closely tied to VST. But hey, you can download Reaper right now and try it for free. Hell, I mostly use Sonar but sometimes I’ll switch to Reaper just to do some DSP stuff.
There is no best DAW, it mostly comes down to if you feel comfortable using it and if you need the features offered. From a programming perspective, they all do pretty much the same thing. Route midi events and data, midi events trigger back samples, or analog inputs record samples, everything gets turned into floating point (or double floating point) numbers that are processed and mixed down into left and right channels.
I entered knowing there was no way I would win, so why did I enter? Because I wanted to show the world my moxie! I did it because it was there, just like the Lotto I would like to win every time but the chance I will is very small at best. And if I do win the Lotto I will hire someone to type all of my posts, because 2 fingers takes forever to convey a message and I can’t even spell so spell check pops up every few words. Am I purposely rambling on because I’m old and have nothing to complain about today? Yes I am, so have you seen my keys? I want to go scare people with my driving, like all old people do! So watch out as soon as I find them, everyone behind me will be honking their horns while I will be oblivious to anyone and oncoming traffic too! Did I mention I won 2 dollars on a $5 scratch-off last week? It’s one of my rare instances of winning at anything! You should see the size of the bunion I have on my left foot, I would take a picture but my feet can’t be seen for my belly. Aha There’s my keys Look Out, East Tawakoni I’m going to buy Lotto tickets for tonight! Keep your children away from all roads for the next 30 minutes, no wait it’s nap time so belay that for 2 hours but then look out unless they have something good on TV like I Love Lucy, or The Beverly Hillbillies and then it may take a little longer, but some time before dark I will be driving! Can I pick something up while I’m out? Sorry, No girls will get in the car with me for some reason, it will have to be food or candy. Dang I lost my keys again, no wait there they are in my other hand. Am I purposely rambling on because I’m old and have nothing to complain about today? Yes I am!
Hah, just because we aren’t winners doesn’t make us losers. Real winning comes from being true to yourself and your artistic vision, and not giving a damn what the world thinks. Like Bukowski always used to say, if you need someone to tell you your stuff is good, it’s not. I never win anything either, and I don’t give a damn, because I couldn’t care less what people or the world think. Have you guys seen the world lately, specifically pop culture? My god, I don’t want any part of that, I don’t want to be any part of that. Funny thing to say on a stock music board where the goal is to appeal to the common base but there it is. I have my own internal artist struggle that I’m always battling and that’s all I really care about. Every time I try to whore my sound out and make it a little more commercial I fail miserably. Just going to keep doing my thing, writing stuff I want to, and maybe most of it gets rejected but that’s par for the course. Can’t measure success much in sales or what other people think, can only really measure success in terms of if you achieved what you set out to achieve. Set out to enter a contest and I did, goal achieved. Some people set out to enter a contest and win – goal not achieved. Disappointment. No disappointment here, no disappointment on StoneColed’s end I’m sure. Money and winning isn’t everything guys, don’t forget you are making music and that can be a beautiful thing in and of itself, regardless of whether or not you are getting paid or winning a contest..
I would not have gone into this contest expecting to win, especially considering all the entries. I would have gone into it as a participation/learning experience. At least you didn’t spend 30 days on your track only to have it rejected by Envato, that’s a win right there!
Nothing I voted for placed. Guess I don’t have the golden Envato ears after all. Oh well, congratulations to the winners!
So, voting is closed, and I assume they are tallying the votes and creating some special images for the occasion! I don’t know why I’m so excited. Perhaps because its the first time I participated in a contest. I know that my chances of placing at all in the top 5 are slim, but its still awesome to have been able to participate! Are we allowed to make predictions?
Yes, very excited to see the top 5, especially after listening to all those tracks. There were some good ones; I want to see if the ones I voted for placed.
I think it’s always good to have a few different mics lying around to try on voices. Mix of dynamic, condenser, and ribbons. Sometimes even a good cheap mic like the SM58 can give you a different flavor or work better with a different voice. If I was buying vocal mics, I’d go the route of buying a variety of cheaper/mid range mics over a U87 (unless you have money to burn, in which case, then by all means). For around $1,000 you could get a Shure SM7B, a Shure SM58, a Sennheiser MD421, and a cheap ribbon like a Cascade Fat Head. Now you have plenty of points of reference.
I bought a Neumann tlm 102 to record my voice, and although it’s a good mic, I think my much cheaper Cascade vin-jet ribbon sound better on my voice.
I think any small to medium sized condenser will give you a DECENT sound on acoustic guitar, preference would be to record in STEREO. Personally prefer small “pencil” condensers Oktava MK-012 or km184’s/84’s (expensive!), or even Rhode NT5’s. Of course what’s really important is the guitar+room/mic setup.
IMHO Mac OS forwards/backwards compatibility is truly pitiful. Makes me almost want to not develop things for the MAC platform. Backwards compatibility on Windows is solid. Things that run on Vista run on Windows 7 run on Windows 8, because the core windows dll’s and functions hardly ever change and there isn’t much depreciation, whereas Mac OS X is always a can of worms. Even though I just develop simple plugins, you never quite know what parts of the Cocoa Framework are going to become depreciated (for example). Very frustrating. I wouldn’t really blame developers, I’d blame apple for needlessly changing things around on EVERY UPDATE to OS X and making developers scramble to figure out what subtle little changes have occurred.