Music production software solutions – Choose your favorite DAW

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Virtually, all analog studios these days have gone digital.

The centerpiece of any MODERN home recording studio is the Digital Audio Workstation.

Again, when it comes to picking a DAW, you have so many options, that you can get a serious illness while making the right decision for you.

With most gear it works like this: you start to pick up something cheap and simple, as you progress you upgrade to something more sophisticated and better sounding. This is a smart plan.

However, with DAW’s it works little bit different. Here is why.

Every DAW is unique. It takes a lot of TIME to become familiar with the software; to get all advantages, usability, functions it has. And if there come a day that you decide to change a platform, only few of them will be possible to transfer. Usually, it is huge waste of time.

TIME is the only commodity we have, so lesson here is:

The DAW you start to work with is most likely the one that you will be using FOREVER.

Best Free DAW

You can pick the free DAW, however, you will run into serious issues if you want to make a serious recordings/productions one day. Anyhow, if you want to get your feet wet and you are totally newbie with no money in the pocket, it can be good starting point. Audacity is the most famous, open-source free music production software and you can get it free here.

Another great free DAW that comes with OS X, is Apple’s Garageband. Often you can see kids at elementary schools making crazy music in the class. It is so simple and intuitive.

The simplicity of low end DAW’s seem great at first sight, however as your skills improve, you will hit the wall with its limitations. 

If you want to go PRO one day, the best option is to avoid them entirely and choose the professional DAW that is most speaking and appealing to you.

Many of PRO recording studios rely on 1-2 of them. Personally, I work in Logic and Pro Tools. I used to work also with Reason, Sonar and Cubase/Nuendo. It is just matter of taste, every music producer prefers its own  style of music, workflow, or level of experience, some DAWs are only for MACs, some for PCs and therefore preferred choice is dependent on lot of factors and preferences.

With that beeing said, let’s have a look at the list of the most used music production softwares in nowadays home/pro recording studios:

ableton-live-9-suiteAbleton Live

Ableton Live has been introduced to the market in 1999, it was one of the first modern music production software, which allowed to process audio material in real time. The program has become popular within DJ community and mainly due to massive expansion of the authors has received funding for further development of the program. With every version, new functionality has been added, and today Ableton is one of the most popular DAW, especially for DJ, hip hop or electronic music producers. 

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cubase 7Cubase

Cubase is one of the best solution available on the market.

Steinberg developers are taking care and making regular updates every few months. Cubase has a long tradition in the field of music production softwares. With more musical features than ever, Cubase 7 delivers a truly unrivaled creative production experience. Sparkling with its entirely overhauled mixing console, a new Chord track alongside the innovative Chord Assistance, advanced VariAudio, more instrument content and an array of enhancements make Cubase 7.

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avid-pro-tools-11Avid Pro Tools

This is the big daddy of all audio music production softwares. Industry standard. It is widely used by PRO music producers and audio engineers throughout the music industries for recording, mixing and editing, film scoring, post production, and with later versions also MIDI sequencing. Most of the professionals prefer this DAW, and often argue that sound coming out from ProTools can’t be beaten by any other music program. Pro Tools has 2 main versions, LE which work with the most audio interfaces available on the market and HD version which can operate only with Avid Hardware. Pro Tools HD can be found in every professional music recording studio and is a bit costly.

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Logic_Pro_X_BoxLogic Pro X

Logic is one of the longest serving DAW available. Back in 90s it was MIDI sequencing program, created by German developer, in 2002 Logic was bought by Apple, and rebuild into fully featured DAW. Logic Pro X runs in 64-bit mode only and no longer works with 32-bit plug-ins. With  new release, new powerful tools and features were added like “Drummer”, a virtual session player that automatically plays along with your song in a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques, and “Flex Pitch”, a Flex Time equivalent for pitch editing in audio recordings. The main cons of this beautiful piece of DAW is that it is only for MAC platforms and that Logic’s developer are not too much in hurry when making updates and developing new version of this app (sometimes it can takes more than 3 years for new release). Worthy to wait? Yeah, Im totally In.

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Cakewalk-SONAR-X3-ProducerCakewalk Sonar x3

Cakewalk was one of the first MIDI sequencing program, back in 1987. First version of their DAW, called “X” has been introduced in 2007. Cakewalk is owned by company Roland, and therefore its popularity is increasing every year and often new versions of this DAW are coming out with new powerful features. Last version “x3” is a great alternative and an excellent program for the complete processing of audio and MIDI. This piece of software includes excellent Melodyne (pitch-shifting software), amp simulator for guitarists, and fair good reverb. You can read full review of Sonar x3 here. 

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reason 7Propellerhead Reason

Lately, Reason has been chosen as a most stable and reliable DAW system (2013). Due to the fact, that for a long time it was a closed system, and there was no support for third party plugins. Also for many years, audio recording was not possible. However, during the years, Reason has evolved, rebuilt and now it is fully functioned DAW with amazing virtual studio GUI (it includes virtual patch bay, where you can hook and connect through cables everything together). Another great product, this time from Swedish developers. If you want to know more how to produce music with Reason, read this.

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image-line-fl-studio-11-producer-editionFruity Loops

Very popular and favorite music production software among electronic music producers. Through the years it has developed from basic step sequencing program into fully-featured DAW. Fruity loops can be used also as a VST plugin – feature that is unique, and you won’t it find it anywhere else. So if you are deciding right now, what DAW to buy, FL Studio may be a good choice. This program offers a rich set of tools and functions that his competitors might envy. However, it is only for Windows platform.

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This is it. The most common used DAWs in todays recording studios. Now let’s have a look at new fishes and some not so widely popular but also GREAT apps:

bitwig-studioBitwig Studio

Bitwig Studio is the newcomer and it is not so often, that a completely new DAW is getting so much attention in music producers community. Bitwig comes from the hands of Berlin developers (former Ableton). The actual layout features CLIP and ARRANGE window and so similarity between Ableton and Bitwig is more than obvious. Good for live performances, DJs, hip hop and beat makers. It could be said, that it is cheaper version of Ableton.

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Cockos-REAPER-4Cockos Reaper

Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering and Recording (REAPER) became very popular lately even without any marketing campaigns. Company Cockos has very unusual pricing policy and distribution method. REAPER is fully functioned DAW, with lot of special plugins and tools, it is working on all platforms and if you think you are special, this product would be for you:)

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acoustica-mixcraft-pro-studio-6Acoustica Mixcraft Pro Studio

If you are on budget and only starting with music production, Mixcraft would be your first choice. It works only with PCs. For new aspiring music producers, Mixcraft Studio is good piece of software to start. It can handle all music production for beginners. It comes bundled with more than 5000 loops and also you can run there Rewire host and connect to another application, or instruments. If you are still unsure about your first DAW choice, you can try BTV Solo, plug and play program, also good for beginners.

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samplitude music production for beginnersMagix Samplitude Pro X

Many people say that Samplitude is good audio recording software for beginners. However, it is fully packed featured DAW system for recording, mixing, mastering. Last version support also 64 bit operations. It works only on PC and Windows platform. MAGICX company has a nice history, in 90s they were developing first mixing programs for Amiga. First version of Samplitude was released in 1995.

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presonus-studio-onePreSonus Studio One

PreSonus is well-known company, famous for its hardware mixing consoles. In 2006 they teamed up with KristalLabs Software (one of the early developer of Cubase) and in 2010 they released first version of their DAW. Today, version 2.6 is out and it is fully featured DAW for music creation, editing and mixing. Very solid platform with incorporated Melodyne pitch editing and a great OpenAir convolution Reverb plugin. 

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motu digital performer music production softwareMOTU Digital Performer

Digital Performer is full featured DAW developed by MOTU. MOTU is famous for its audio interfaces and hardware units, however in 1984 they released Professional COmposer, which was one of the first music program for MACs. Digital Performer has own unique workflow, different in compare with other mentioned DAWs and it takes time to get used to. However in the present day, Digital Performer is a powerful beast with lot of features you won’t find in any other music program. Packed with exclusive plugins and virtual instruments, it is worthy to consideration.

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Learn how to produce music with Cubase 7.5 – Review and video tutorial

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  • cubase 7Cubase 7.5 adds new features that support musical creativity and enhance workflow: create alternative TrackVersions, keep focused at all times with the track visibility management system and explore the new sonic possibilities of Groove Agent SE 4, HALion Sonic SE 2, LoopMash FX, the REVelation reverb — and much, much more.

    • Plug-ins: 66 real-time audio effects
    • 64 Audio and 128 MIDI Tracks; 32 Instrument Tracks
    • MixConsole features: flexible channel layout, 12 dB boost and dedicated processing power per channel
    • Extraordinary workflow improvements include A/B comparison and global bypass for all audio effects, a plug-in search function and drag-and-drop support throughout
    • Features the Channel Strip and Channel Central
    • Chord Track allows for easy working with chords within your Project window
    • Create your harmonies with VariAudio 2.0
    • Remote Control Editor supports many hardware remote controllers
    • Integrated loudness meter that is fully compatible with the EBU R128 loudness standard
    • Key Editor is the place where melodies, chords, arrangements and performances take shape

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  • Finally. New version of DAW Cubase 7.5 is here. Let’s see if version 7.5 offers enough to be worth buying. New features can be easily divided into two types – those related to the essential functions and those introduced in this new version for the first time.

    Minor improvements

    Hiding channels in the sequencer

    Each program has its simply a user often incomprehensible qualities and this was the case in Cubase definitely one of them. It is a definitely very welcome change for users with complex projects.  This is so because after we had in version 7 the ability to edit the visibility of channel mix using a dedicated part of the window, we have this opportunity now and in the sequencer, the control box shares space with sections Inspector (the panel on the left side). Thus, we have the ability to hide and display channels independently on display mix. In addition, added a section where you can manage the display with additional functions (display only tracks containing data in the selected range, hide the “mutant” stop and others).

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    Track your version

    In the previous versions of Cubase, there was a lacked functionality for switching the whole composition variations (playlists in ProTools, Logic). Now we finally have this option and is tackled by Inspector section where we have a list of all versions and functions needed to manage them. I like that you can browse tracks and have a clear view of how many versions of the tracks we have, unlike ProTools, where we produce playlists using the pop-up menu.

    “Tab to Transient” navigation

    This also known as the ProTools function is now available in the sequencer Cubase. When any audio material is added directly, Cubase will calculate the crossover points (hit points) in the background and with their help we can also move within the project. We can still change the threshold settings specific hit points and move the way we were used to do before.

    Presets to work with the Quick Controls

    Definitely an interesting feature for regular users of Quick Controls. To load and hide the whole combination can significantly speed up the work, of course. I admit that although I have long been saying that I should really start Quick Controls to use yet it did not happen 🙂

    ReRecord

    From the introductory promo materials, I wasn’t able to understand exactly what is this function all about. The ability to switch back to the beginning of playback or recording we did have there before, and in the case of the abortive attempt, we can simply to press the record button again. The real change that has occurred, it is the expansion options that we can use while recording. Earlier switches for recording have been extended to the choice between mode Punch In / Out and ReRecord. The new mode offers the possibility of immediate reparation of the material, or the system returns to the state in which the recording began. Certainly it can save removal clearly useless attempts and it can also help to keep your project clean from useless files. A good feature is that there is no immediate deletion of the material, but only removes it from the sequencer and throw into the trash.

    Instrument (t) rack 2.0

    Introduction of Instrument track was for me very simplistic element. When working with simple instruments (one MIDI input and one stereo as the audio output) was the way of constructing virtual instrument via VST Rack unnecessarily complicated. Now it has become much easier. Steinberg solved this part really well. A key innovation, however, is that the limitations for the instruments placed in the track have been removed. Window rack is no longer just a place to create new tools, but can also be a kind of center for their control.

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    New features of Cubase 7.5

    Groove Agent SE4 and EDM Toolbox

    The new version extends the Groove Agent One. We all knew it – Groove AGent was not definitely the newest piece from the Steinberg. GUI has been significantly improved and advanced features were added. Another good example of integration into the Cubase is, that Drum Map can be now loaded directly from the instrument. However, despite the many improvements it is still not entirely Native Instruments Battery 4, but as part of  your DAW it is more than an interesting tool and this kind of integration can save a lot of work.

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    HALion Sonic SE2

    Simple sampler supplied with Cubase was also refreshed. I admit that the only time I used the HALion Sonic SE, was while loading general MIDI file for playback. The GUI looks at first glance like in the previous version. Anyway now it includes 150 new sounds and 8 new effects, which of course can come in handy.

    LoopMash FX

    It is always handy, when new plug-in to work with creative effects is introduced. I personally like it: is very clear and short oscillograph is a nicegraphical “thing”.

    Magneto 2

    In new version of Cubase there is also new version of the HTC plug-in modeling saturation Cassette tape. This is, of course, currently a big hit: we have therefore Magneto 2 with new graphical user interface that looks more like a tape recorder and the sound isnot bad at all.

    Revelation Reverb

    New reverb plug-in that complements pre-existing collection (convolution and algorithmic Roomworks REVrence) is again algorithmic, as described, focusing on rich and dense echoes. REVerence is among one of my favorite reverberation processing, particularly for video post-production. According to the above mentioned promo materials, a new plug-in was developed in collaboration with experienced guys in the field, both in the music and film sound and should aim to mimic the famous hardware units.

    Conclusion and final thoughts

    New features are more likely “small fishes” rather than major improvements, however all together they form a useful piece of software. Users with more and more equipment can again appreciate the improvements in the base Cubase, which is particularly important for those who work on large projects with large amounts of virtual instruments.  If you are planning to stay with Cubase, there is no reason not to purchase the update, because certainly it opens up new possibilities and in many ways makes your workflow easier.

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    MIXING & MASTERING-KNOW IT ALL!: A complete guide to digital audio mixing and mastering. The Overview section introduces the necessary audio engineering concepts. Both the Mixing and Mastering sections are organized into a straightforward framework consisting of 5 elements: Volume, Panning, Dynamics, EQ, and FX.

     

    DIGITAL PRODUCER – KNOW IT ALL!: This course is a complete guide to making music using digital sources-loops, synthesizers, and samplers. It covers a wide variety of musical genres-everything from making beats to creating orchestral tracks. The Concepts section provides a foundation of basic audio and MIDI concepts. There are two general sections, Synths & Samplers and Time & Pitch which illustrate the techniques of digital music production. There are four sections which address creating music for specific instrument groups: Drums, Guitar & Bass, Jazz & Orchestra, and Vocals.
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Producing music with Cakewalk SONAR x3. One of the best equipped programs on the market.

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  • Cakewalk-SONAR-X3-ProducerCakewalk SONAR x3

    One of the earliest entrants on the MIDI sequencing scene back in 1987, Cakewalk brought out the first version of SONAR in 2007, and it’s continued getting better with each new ‘X’ release. Standout inclusions in the SONAR X3 package include versions of Overlouds TH2 amp simulator for guitarists and their great reverb plugin Breverb. The excellent pitch-shifting software Melodyne is also integrated into Studio and Producer editions, and the amazing Console Emulator (emulating three classic mix consoles) in the Producer editions ProChannel plugin.

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  • Review of Cakewalk SONAR x3.

     

    Certainly one of the leaders in the music industry is company Cakewalk. It has been several years since developing DAW program for processing MIDI and audio data on behalf of the underwater name SONAR. Although this is only a program for the Windows operating system, its popularity is increasing due to the fact that the company Cakewalk is owned by the Japanese company Roland. In the corridors is rumored that the company will be bought by the legendary manufacturer of guitars, Gibson. Although it may seem a bit absurd, you say the names of companies like Tascam, Stanton, KRK Systems or Onkyo, all of them also belongs to Gibson. Noticeably, they are lacking in some software that would complement the offer on the market. Anyhow, Cakewalk has now released the third version of their flagship SONAR – X3.

    64-bit versions

    The previous version of SONAR has been designed to work on Windows 64-bit systems, but worked only in 32 bits. One of the breakthroughs is therefore to build a new version of the 64-bit kernel, which allows you to use the full benefits of 64-bit systems. The user can use more computing power of processor, large RAM memory and mainly to record and process audiofiles with a sampling frequency up to 192 kHz with very low latency. The 64-bit version is also available in the basic version of SONAR X3.

    Color tracks

    Among the more cosmetic changes include a property that does not have too much impact on the program’s functionality, but does work in the program easier and more comfortable. It is the possibility of coloring the individual tracks. Twelve standard colors are  is available using the context menu  and it is possible to choose any color from the system palette menu.

    With colouring tracks program is gaining in popularity and mainly keeps better overview of the project, which consists of several tens or hundreds of tracks. If the user wants, program itself can activate the automatic color scheme that will assign to each tracks one color.

     

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    Comping

    Cakewalk SONAR X3 also comes with extended functionality button to activate recording. In addition tothe standard modes such as Overwrite, Sound on Sound or Step Record, new comping mode was added. Depending on the selected mode, the method of recording also replace the icon button.

    Comping mode allows to record to one track an infinite number of versions of the clip and then choose the best parts of the recorded material. Just open track and select Mark using good section of the record in each version. Function Comping then will take care of it. For a more complete treatment it is possible to use crossfade between versions. Comping Function is ideal for recording vocals or solo instruments, where the most applicable search the best version .

    Melodyne Essential

    When you buy the SONAR X3 users get the basic version of Melodyne Essential software from German company Celemony. If the user wanted it to work so far, had to use external VST or ReWire interface. Now comes the integration of the program into SONAR via ARA.

    With integrated tools the tuning and  timing of audio can be automatically or manually adjust. Therefore, the program is not only suitable for the processing of melodic solo tracks, but also for additional adjustments inaccurate rhythmic tracks. Quality algorithms ensure a wide range of changes without substantially effecting the color of sound.

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    Support for VST3

    All versions of SONAR X3 now have built-in support effects – based interface VST3. This makes it possible to use all the functions that the system VST currently offers, which also improves the utilization of the computing power of the processor.

    Effects are now clearly categorized according to the interface VST2, VST3 or DirectX . If the program is running in 64-bit , 32-bit effects are clearly marked. Unlike some competing programs does SONAR X3 problem combined 64-bit and 32-bit effects in a single project. Interestingly, the program is not yet supplied by any effect that works within VST3 interface.

    Very handy function is also scanning effects and tools at program startup. Scanning user will see the total number of effects and tools, including information on how many of them were categorized and how many not.

    New VST effects and instruments

    With each new version there is a new extended offer of virtual effects and instruments. Neither SONAR X3 is no exception, quite the contrary. Sonar X3 is packed with plenty of full versions of effects and tools that the user would otherwise have to pay separately, even in the amount equal to the cost of the program itself.

    Tone2 BiFilter2

    The base effect is a double filter that works in stereo mode. This effect conceals 47 different types of filters from the old analog to digital FM modulation. There are also 7 different types of distortion. The filtered signal can be mixed with the clean signal. The user has a choice of dozens of presets that can be used as a springboard for working with filters.

     

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    Nomad Factory

    In the basic version of Sonar we can find 19 effects, from the American company Nomad Factory, which was several years dedicated to high-quality simulations of hardware effects. Effects Bundle Blue Tube FX offers the best selection of vintage analog effects from the golden era, starting several types of equalizers over to dynamic delay and modulation effects. Very nice sound generates BlueVerb DRV -2080, which simulates a reverb effect from the beginning of the eighties of the last century. Sound of BlueVerb surprised with the quality and the ability to model and imperfections old effects that fits perfectly into our perfect digital era.

     

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    Addictive Drums

    The highlight of the new SONAR X3 is a full version of drum module Addictive Drums from XLN Audio. Addictive drums offer a very high quality drum samples which are among the best in the world. Personally, I can confirm, as this instrument I have been using for several years in my own compositions. The module includes a basic drum kit, which offer separate mixing drums and positioning of microphones. Tool bus also contains its own EQ and effects unit with which the sound can be rapidly changed. The magic of this tool lies not only in high-quality sound bank, but also the possibility to use the preloaded patterns were recorded using sensors live players. Patterns can be dragged and insert into the track, where they can be freely adjusted.

    The other two tools comes from Canadian company Applied Acoustics Systems, which since 1998 dedicated to the simulation of the acoustic and electric instruments. The tool does not use any samples and all audio features are mathematically modeled. Excellent is that both instruments are built on 64-bit architecture.

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    Lounge Lizard Session

    This tool simulates a legendary Fender Rhodes electric piano. Since this is a simulation, the user can adjust the proportions of the each part of the sound as it is formed in the instrument. For example, you can set the noise of hammers, resonance properties of rods or position sensors. Sound can be adjusted by tremolo effect, compressor, EQ and modulation effects chorus and phaser. It has also integrated reverb effect.

    The fact that it is a simulation of a single instrument, due to the large number of settings we can create many different colors for different musical styles. The sound is very similar to the original instrument, but it lacks a little of that ” dirty ” real instrument got. In extreme settings tool we can even change the competitive electric Wurlitzer piano .

     

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    Strum Acoustic Session

    The basic version of the Strum Acoustic Session is a virtual simulation of the acoustic guitar. You can choose between two types of nylon or steel strings. For each type,  user can determine whether we are playing on the instrument with a finger or a pick. We can also adjust the tone with a finger positions or choose a size of guitar body. The sound color can be changed with integrated equalizer and reverb effect. Playing on the instrument itself is implemented using either a keyboard or via MIDI patterns that can be imported to the track in the project. However, the overall sound is not quite as faithful as if they were samples.

    ProChannel

    Some improvements have also occurred in the case of very precious console ProChannel, which is available on all channels and internal mixer contains high-quality effects, the offer continues to expand. The user has the option to purchase a variety of effects from third-party manufacturers. Even more gratifying is that the company brings in ProChannel a big improvement and a new effect.

     

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    QuadCurve EQ Zoom

    Quad-band parametric equalizer with the large graphical display with the new Zoom and integrated spectrum analyzer. With the Zoom, the equalizer works much easier and will definitely be used more than ever before.

    Tape Emulator

    New effect Tape Emulator offersa simulation of the Cassette tape saturation. This effect allows to simulate the behavior of the digital environment Cassette tape, including the loss of higher frequencies or overexcited. Tape Emulator is very well suited for processing drums or mastering, where acoustically combine individual tracks more into himself, so that the recording sounds more compact.

    Publish your work on YouTube and Gobbler

    In addition to the existing exporting Cakewalk SONAR X3 SMS sound on Sound Cloud server, it is now possible to export your work to video server YouTube. Just when you export a select menu type audio publishing on YouTube, and create a working program mixdown and then a dialog box for logging on to YouTube. You just fill in your credentials and upload a picture placeholder, which will replace the video file.

    Another way to integrate SONAR X3 in the Internet environment, is access to the music cloud Gobbler. It offers 5 GB of free space and others available for purchase. The main advantage of the server Gobbler is the fact that it is intended to transfer information between musicians and musical programs. It is primarily intended to the transmission of individual tracks between projects, backup, create banks or bank transfer files between different programs. SONAR X3 got the integration of cloud Gobbler ‘s in built- in toolbar. The only thing the user needs to do is sign up on the internet, then they will have the opportunity to direct a backup or transfer the project and its files by pressing a single button. You can also set up automatic backups, through which the user will have confidence that he won’t loose the unfinished work.

    Conclusion

    Cakewalk SONAR X3 is a great alternative and an excellent program for the complete processing of audio and MIDI files. Already in the basic version offers a variety of tools and effects that definitely support the user’s inspiration in all musical styles. Despite half the price compared to the competition, this is one of the best equipped programs on the market. The user has a choice of three different versions, which differ not only in price but also equipment. I definitely recommend a minimum versionof Studio, ideally Producer.

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  • Learn Sonar x3 with this complete music production video tutorial – complete guide to making music with Sonar. The Quick Start section reviews the new features in Sonar X3 and includes a grand tour of Sonar functions as well editing and mixing. The Audio section provides in-depth coverage on recording, mixing and mastering digital audio using Sonar X3, including a review of the primary audio FX. The Loops & Remix section demonstrates the tools used for looping as well as time and pitch changes, including Melodyne, AudioSnap, and the Matrix View. There is a comprehensive section on MIDI which explains setting up Sonar to work with Virtual Instruments and hardware MIDI devices as well as recording and editing. Drum tools including Session Drummer and Addictive Drums are also discussed.

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Music production with Reason 7. Amazingly simple and intuitive

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  • reason 7Whatever your music needs, Reason has a rack for that. Reason is the legendary music production software studio. From start to finish, its ever-expandable, freely routable rack of instruments, effects and sounds has everything you need to write, record, remix and produce great-sounding tracks. Build your songs in Reason’s sequencer with the included synths, samplers, loop players and drum machines. Add guitar, vocals, MIDI synths, or record your entire band. Finish your tracks in the built-in million-dollar mixing console. With an inspiring sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason catalyzes your creative process. Easy to get started with and as deep as you want it to be, Reason is the software that keeps you focused on what matters most—your music.

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  • In late April Propellerhead Software proudly presented the seventh version of its flagship Reason. Current version of the world’s popular music software delivers significant enhancements that should provide you help to create better music.

    Continuing the revolutionary evolution

    Comparing the Reason 7 with the previous version in terms of number of new features, we have to say that Reason 7 is not a big upgrade but rather a transparent tune of the previous functionality with adding a few new features. Don’t expect some crazy new tools or effects. The biggest change was applied to MIDI (added MIDI Out). Also possibility of more complex editing sound recordings was introduced, with the ability to convert  into REX files. There is also a number of enhancements to the mixer and the only new effect you can find in this new version of Reason is Audiomatrix Retro Transformer.

    The current version still preceded last year Reason 6.5 (as Reason Essentials 1.5), which was in principle free update for all who own version 6. Interface Rack Extensions is already available for some time, and it opens the world of Reason to the integration of third-party extensions either in the form of synthesizers, samplers, effects, or other modules. New modules can be bought at Rack Extensions Store, shop similar and perhaps inspired by the Apple Store or Google Play.

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    MIDI Out

    It is quite surprising that the ability to send the MIDI out has not been added already at the time when audio recording was introduced in the previous version of Reason. MIDI Out is definitely a welcome addition, and its implementation in Reason is very simple and very user friendly.

    Integrated audio slicing

    Once the recorded audio clip is imported into the sequencer window, just press Quantize and recording will be cut, and markers will be added to the transients. This will help you completely comfortable quantization to the beat exactly as you wish.

    In addition, time stretching and retiming has been revamped. REX format support was in the Reason for ages. However, now, at a time when Swedish developers in Propellerhead decided to move Reason from music sampler to complete production studio. In other words ReCycle instrument that you have been using before, you won’t need anymore – everything regarding to REX files can be solved internally directly in Reason. After the sound was sliced into individual parts, you can convert it to the REX format with single click. The program itself already offers the ability to import back into the module rack Dr. Octo Rex , NN – XT sampler or Kong Drum Designer.

    Making REX files is like a puzzle. Reason 7 is constantly analyzing all audio recordings or imported sounds, searching for transients. This opens the new ways to quantization, stretching or direct saving into REX file format. Detection of transients is very precise, using the same algorithm, so you can be sure that your songs will sound great using these instruments. This means that the samples can be processed in new ways, more creative – you can easily change the timing, feel, tempo and groove .

    Everything is so amazingly intuitive and simple. And by the way; sound engine handles the entire process perfectly. The sound becomes comparable to any other DAW systems, like Logic, Cubase, Nuendo…

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    Audiomatrix Retro Transformer

    Audiomatrix Retro Transformer is the only new creative tool that enriches Reason version 7. This plugin is not directly provided with the application and need to be downloaded. Effect was inspired by a similar Instagramu iPhone application that makes the modern photographs outdated images – just everything is applied to the sound. The sound here is simply degraded in retro style .

    The module has 16 presets with names such as the VHS tape or phonograph record. The results are sometimes funny and sometimes inspiring – you can create a number of helpful effects in decent quality, even if the module does not go too far in the settings. Controls are limited to Dry / Wet , Gain and vague Transform, which allows minor improvements in sound quality. However, it completely undoubtedly one of the best looking effects that we have seen so far in the Reason. Its interface is based on a TV screen in the style of the seventies, which shows the nostalgic photo .

    Mixer

    New SSL mixer was introduced already in version 6 and quickly became one of the best features of the program. Reason 7 comes with many minor modifications and significantly improve workflow across mixing the sound. First, it is now possible to create a parallel version of any channel in a single click and with unlimited channel bus. Although it may seem at first glance not to be very significant improvement, since these kinds of audio routing was available in previous versions, but with the need of use modules Spider Merger and Splitter. However, the ease and simplicity of this updated feature allow to create New York style compression and it makes Reason 7 much more useful for modern musical genres .

    Reason has always been known for its stability. Also last but not least is the fact that the most important controls of the mixer – such as the Level and Pan – are now also available directly from the rack. As part of the creative process so you do not need to scroll to the mix.

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    The new spectrum analyzer

    Another addition to the family of tools for mixing audio is fantastic spectrum analyzer, which was added to the EQ section. Graphically it is very nice, opens in new popup window that can be accessed either directly from the console or rack. Gives you a graphic representation of the feedback signal that comes through each channel. You have so much more precise and detailed control over EQ in the SSL style and filters.

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    Summary

    Reason 7 (with all respect to the previous breakthrough version) has just been refined. You will not get new modules, synthesizers or a variety of effects, but it takes existing function closer to perfection and user-friendliness. However, on the other hand Propellerhead added to the bank presets huge library of loops on current trends such a dubstep, metal and big room house, and you will have now available a remarkable range of sounds that represent an unusually wide range of musical genres.

    Although many innovations in Reason 7 may at first glance seem like little things, all together contribute to the complexity of tools for creation music in perfection. Everything what we liked about Reason in the past, is still there – application is stable, sound engine sounds great and everything looks fantastic. On the market there are 2 versions of Reason 7 full or truncated – called also Reason 7 Essentials, which for example does not have MIDI Out or audiomatrix Retro Transformer, as well as other modules and functions.

  • We are happy to announce a brand new course on Reason 7 by Jared Meeker. Jared is a professional producer, musician and composer. He has performed with many LA hip hop artists like Nate Dog and the East sidas, Snoop Dogg or Myka Nine. He is also credited for a lot of soundtracks, included Dexter and Smash. This video tutorial is one of the most comprehensive set of video trainings. Jared explains how to record and process live parts, like for examples the guitar lines that are forming the basic structure and ornament the song. Also, in this video series he is focusing on the 5 major elements of composition, that is melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and form.

    With this video training you will learn a wide variety of subjects, including instrument programming, numerous mixing and production techniques, creative audio editing and also he will give you a quick guide to the new features, that was introduced in Reason 7.

    Table of contents

    Introduction
    Intro to all subjects that are covered.

    Setup
    Jared shows you how to create a template and how to use it for your music production. He will explain whole process of creation, how to use Inserts and return tracks on the mixer.

    Creating the Beats
    In this lecture, he is working with Octo Rex. He will show you how to make by editing and resequencing the original loop to something that is original. Beat forms the rhythmic foundation of the track.

    Add Guitar and other harmonic parts
    Creating the heart and soul of any composition. He will explain how to develop a song harmonically, how to record guitar or other harmonical pads.

    Create bassline
    Setting up the main groove. How to work with beat and how to come up with bassline that rocks.

    Drum programming
    Jared explains how to fatten up the drum track and how to add fills.

    Adding bass accompaniment
    In this module you will see, how you can import different audio loops, slice them, stretch and transpose to make them work with the song.

    Adding FX
    Adding some extra textures or other melodic accompaniment can make a new character of the song.

    Additional parts
    Doubling guitars, or sounds like bass, adding improvised phrase can make your production special and unique.

    How to mix and final thoughts
    Complete mixing guide. How to mix your production to achieve optimal sound. Explaining of using mixing and mastering effects and new Parallel Channel feature.

    Signing up

    With this course you will get unrestricted 24/7 access to all tutorials for as long as you will need. Also you will be able to download the original Reason song file that was made throughout the course. 

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