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Nick Tech: Home recording software (11) RE: Tech: Home recording software 07 May 20

I have a copy of a number. Some have come free with Audio Interfaces (lite versions of Ableton, Pro Tools) and at the end of the day if you know Cakewalk why not stick with it? At the end of the day they do very similar things in reasonably similar ways. And it depends what you are looking to do.

I have friends who record themselves singing with a guitar and are not too bothered about what it sounds like. I have friends who make very high quality CD quality music at home. If doing the former find something that works easily. That you can set up in seconds and doesn't get in the way.

I have used or have copies of Reaper, Cakewalk (several products), Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Presonus Studio One but mostly use Reaper because I have used it most and know it more than the others. Knowing it reasonably well I can be up and recording in about 20 seconds (there's a VERY SHORT VIDEO here which shows me launching it and having two tracks armed and ready to record with two clicks I think. I have LARGER PROJECTSwith many more tracks so it copes with what I need.

I am doing a mixing course on line which uses Logic (which isn't available on a PC) but all the principles that are shown and taught are equally applicable to other DAWs. At the end of the day they all take recorded things and sync them together, offer a range of tools to edit and offer a vast array of effects that you probably will never use.

Find something that you are comfortable and familiar with. If it's difficult then it will just get in the way.

I have a copy of Audacity too but hardly ever use it as I always head for Reaper because it's easiest and I know what it does. If Audacity does it for you then use it. The sound quality that comes out the other end will be the same regardless. Your ability to USE the software and willingness to learn about it will be a much greater factor than the thing itself.

I have some very old tracks made on Cakewalk Guitar Tracks years ago which I use Cakewalk Sonar to edit. And it's a very good piece of software. Very good tutorial stuff on Creative Source's Youtube channel. And loads of stuff on Facebook groups on Reaper. And all the rest I'm sure.

I recorded the Dawn Chorus the other morning and used Reaper to process it and also use it for things like this (not finished but a work in progress) - Lances Song
So most of it is familiarity and using something you are familiar with rather than necessarily the complexity of the project

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