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Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by robert donithan2, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. robert donithan2

    robert donithan2 Member

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    Being a beginner but well read, what daw between $49-$149 with a lot or emphasis on preset guitar tones-amp&cab sims-and effects should i be looking for using a laptop?.. (for recreational not professional use)..
     
  2. lord-humongous

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    If you have a Mac, GarageBand is a good starting point.
     
  3. benagain

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    Check out Mixcraft
     
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    Agreed.

    When I started putting together my "home studio" I know I looked at a number of budget-minded DAW programs but Mixcraft was the only one that spoke to me. I bonded with it almost immediately. You may not end up liking it, but it should definitely be on the short list of DAWs to check out.
     
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    While Mixcraft is intuitive and pretty easy to get around on, amp and cab sims aren't great. Using Mixcraft, you will probably want a 3rd party VST for guitar sounds.
     
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    Yeah OP didn't say PC or Mac. Garage Band is good but Logic for $200 is a major win. I'd find the extra $51 for that.
     
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    +1 And if you are going to end up needing to use 3rd party software you might as well look at all DAWs to see what you like.
     
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    Cakewalk SONAR is worth looking at... not sure which level you need to buy to get the free Overloud TH3 plugin though.
     
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    If you have a mac, Logic is nearly unbeatable for $200.
     
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    I love Mixcraft too.
    And for my electric guitar tones I use some (free) separate VST: Doctor Crunch Plus for Marshall tones, and The Anvil for clean tones (or sometimes the Emissary for both clean/od channels), then you'll need a IR convolver, and there's the perfect and free Nadir. Finally you'll need some IR files (the mic/sim simulations), and there are nice free files for example at Ownhammer. But in this case I'd suggest to pay a little, and buy the Cabir pack named Orange 4x12 with Celestion G12H30; its signature mixes are great imho for any style and tone.
    For all the other effects, the ones included in Mixcraft could be enough, or you can find many free VST.
    If you really want/need (great) ready presets for guitar, maybe the best VST software is the slightly expensive Scuffham S-Gear (but there's a trial period, too).
     
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    Reaper gets a massive +1 from me as well. It's an awesome DAW and will do anything you need, and adapt to your future workflow as you tune it up to fit your needs. It's a killer, well coded, super powerful program. And it's just as easy or hard to understand as anything else out there for beginners, but probably is the fastest DAW out there for any particular workflow once you've become familiar with it.
    Kenny Gioia has a tutorial series on Youtube that is 100% amazing for reaper 5. Check it out, you'll be glad you did.
     
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    I'd been using Cubase since Cubase VST 3.5. Recently switched to Reaper and love it.
    The video tutorials helped out for getting up and running with it, and the user forums are very helpful as well.
     
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    That could be. I dont have much experience using guitar effects plug-ins with mixcraft. I prefer to let my pedal board do the talking!
     
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    @superpotato_30 - I followed that link out of curiosity.

    You're gonna need a bigger sofa ;)
     
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    . . . don't ask me as I'm a huge LIVE fanboi
    https://www.ableton.com/en/live/

    $79 gets you LIVE intro which is very, very powerful for a beginner

    best of luck !
     
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    That was launched in 09. I honestly thought it was a 90's thing. After all, to quote the video, "it's the cool new thing."

    I think I'll need a way way bigger sofa after this:

     
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    :D That's great! Now if we can use Songsmith to mash up JAWS and make Roy Scheider say "we're going to need a bigger sofa" it would be perfect.
     
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