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    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2009
    Used Pro-Tools HD for a long time, switched over to Logic, because I moved and the PT HD hardware was too big and clunky to take with me. Logic 8 is mac only, but very good. It also is extremely complex internally, though generally very usable and very flexible, perhaps the most flexible of any of them.

    Cubase or Nuendo will do the job, as will Sonar or Digital Performer. All of the above are 'professional' level software.

    Ableton Live and Propellerheads Reason can do some level of recording and are good though usually used more in a support form than a standalone recording software.

    If you are looking at recording, possibly the software is secondary to the audio interface you will use, many audio interfaces come with a bundled version of a software which should be enough for most things. M-Audio interfaces, for example, often come with pro tools LE bundled.
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2009
    Currently using M-Audio Firewire 1814 and Protools M-Powered. Probably should have mentioned that. It's basically just rebranded LE that works with M-Audio interfaces. Haven't had a problem yet.
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2009
    I just got a Korg nanopad and it's quite good.
    The other two seem pretty pointless, but I haven't tried them - already have a keyboard with 4 8ve of fullsize keys and 14 controllers for not much more than nanokey & nanocontrol.
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    I'd like to hear something you've done. :)

    I just set up an Alesis Firewire io 14 with 2 beta 57s, a beta 52 and a Rode NT1A on my rommie's drums. Going even through Garageband, it sounds very nice, although I haven't experimented with the mics' positioning to be optimal for sound and player. Any suggestions?
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2009
    @izenmania: I've exactly the same story, except that I have Express instead of Pro.
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2009
    Ableton Live is the bomb, yo. Lots of plugins compatible, great interface for editing loops, built-in synths or MIDI devices as you choose, the list goes on.

    The Double Helix album was recorded using Ableton and Cubase (and some other stuff that baffles me)
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2009
    Audacity is OK for a free/OSS app, has some issues though.

    I use a Line 6 UX1for direct guitar/mic to USB recording in GarageBand on my Mac. The UX1 is nice because it has ports for real microphones (instead of usb/pc mics) and the Gearbox software it comes with is pretty neat.

    Does not work well for recording an acoustic guitar direct using a soundhole pickup though. Way too quiet and the pre-amp models kind of suck. Really wanting to get a good condenser mic for acoustic stuff. I should start whoring myself out or something.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2009
    @Val A Lindsay II the drone/noise/doom stuff can be found on my myspace under Gods (i should note i haven't actually updated that ina while) everything else hasn't made the jump to the interwebs yet
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    As someone who has tried pretty much every program out there, I will throw my vote in for Pro Tools. Amazing for multi-tracking as long as you have one one of the required pieces of external hardware to run it. I use both a Digi 002 and Mbox 2 and would recommend them both. The pre-amps leave much to be desired however, so I would recommend getting a tube pre-amp to drive your mics. However, if you are looking to program digital music/midi, protools is still slightly behind the game and cubase may work better for you.