Favorite MAC compatible DAW for new newbies

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Matt P, Jan 29, 2016.

Favorite DAW

  1. Garage Band

    25.9%
  2. Logic

    44.8%
  3. Presonus

    6.9%
  4. Cubase

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    0.0%
  5. Cakewalk

    1.7%
  6. Pro tools

    5.2%
  7. MOTU

    1.7%
  8. Ableton

    0 vote(s)
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  9. Other

    1.7%
  10. Reaper

    12.1%
  1. Matt P

    Matt P Member

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    I want to start recording at home and I've already got most of the hardware, amps, mics just need a good interface under 1,000. But where I'm lost is DAW it seems most of them require an engineering degree just to turn it on. I'd like to hear what the community thinks is the best for primarily recording stereo guitar....mac compatible. I plan on mic' the amps and using my pedalboard, not really interesting in VST at this time
     
  2. Beakertwang

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    GarageBand is stupidly simple--almost like a toy, even--but will allow you to get familiar with recording, editing, plug-ins, etc. You can upgrade to Logic and import your GB stuff without hassle. There are differing opinions on Logic compared to other DAWs, but I've found the Apple stuff intuitive and reliable. You can also import recordings from your iPhone or iPad into your Mac.

    YMMV
     
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    You forgot Reaper. Lots of people I know like and use Logic. I like using it on a colleague's Mac until I ran into some weird file conversion issue with it saving takes in a format it didn't understand, or something stupid like that. I've used Reaper on both PC and Mac without a hiccup, transferring projects back and forth. Plus you can skin it to look and act like almost any other DAW you might like.
     
  4. GaryMcT

    GaryMcT Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll vote too, but if use GarageBand or Logic. If you need to change time signature on the fly and stuff like that, Logic.
     
  5. Matt P

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    Ive been looking at Logic X a number of the recent reviews of the update are mentioning lock and crash, is this something anyone here has experienced?
     
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    No crashes with Logic X, been rock solid. Recorded our album on it.

    However, it's not for newbies. It definitely has a learning curve.

    Garageband is great for learning but you run into its limitations very early. In my case, in the very first day. I just wanted a tempo change in a song.
     
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    GaryMcT Gold Supporting Member

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    Logic has been very solid for me. I use it with a UAD Twin Duo, which is fantastic.
     
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    +1
    If you learn on a fuller-featured package you quickly adapt to things GB cannot do.
     
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    If you've used Garage Band a lot it doesn't take much to get used to the basics of Logic X. Once you get comfortable then sky's the limit.
     
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    Logic! I learned the basics on reaper on a PC. Then I got an iMac and bought Logic. Awesome program and easy to use. All the plugins and virtual instruments that come with it are amazing for $200. You won't regret making the move IMHO.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    Considering your concerns I would start with GarageBand because of its ease of use, and you'll still get excellent sound quality. If you decide to upgrade to a pro DAW, and choose Logic, you can open your GB files directly from it.
     
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    Logic. Replaced ProTools as my go to DAW around six years ago. :D
     
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    That part of your post suggests GB, which is not a bad thing at all.

    GB is not my favorite DAW, but you should start there.
     
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    It does have the virtue of being freely available to Mac users. Having the Drummer feature available in GB helps make up for its relative lack of loop content.
     
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    Long time Cubase user who moved to ProTools four years ago and just moved to Logic. ProTools is my favorite but I find Logic to be good for a lot of ITB stuff hat I'm doing now.

    Depending what you're recording getting an 11rack is awesome because you get a copy of PtoTools, a good interface, and some good amp models.
     
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    BTW the absolute champion bang for the buck (ZERO bux) is Presonus Studio One Prime.
    A free version that lacks some things that regular DAW users might find necessary (like recording more than 2 tracks simultaneously, VST support, etc., all available as upgrades) but includes a pretty fair S/W synth and pretty horrible amp sims.
     
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    If you want a small learning curve starting with Garage Band is a simple choice and then moving to Logic is a natural progression. But Logic is a solid choice - just make sure to get some iTunes gift cards on sale when you pick it up - I got it for $170 which is a steal for a product like that.
     
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    I agree, plus there's a lot of great tutorial videos for both Garage Band and Logic on youtube to get you up and running fast.
     
  20. Matt P

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    Thank you for all the responses. I've purchased Logic. I'd like to know if anyone knows of a service where I could hire an audio engineer to come to my home for a few lessons?
     
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