best DAW for external fx/synths

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jumper24
KVRist
71 posts since 12 Mar, 2005

Post Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:46 am

Right now, i own Studio one 4 and i think its semi clumsy in that regard.

I would love to setup a device once with audio/midi in place, with latency compensation audio + MIDI clock.
And with the ability to control it via MIDI CC/NRPN panel.


Which DAW do you think has the most elegant implementation for external midi synth/efx ?

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Distorted Horizon
KVRAF
3429 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:53 am

I'd say Bitwig. Works like a charm with hardware.

Other one I like is Reason, but I might be alone with that opinion :lol:

replicant X
KVRist
230 posts since 30 Jun, 2009 from moon

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:52 pm

Bitwig and Reaper.
I’m majoring in REAPER at Kenny Gioia University.

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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
26685 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:44 pm

Live has External Instrument & Effects that you can drop into a Rack and save as a preset. Works well enough. No idea how it compares to other DAWs as its my one and only :)

Jopol
KVRer
29 posts since 4 Apr, 2019

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:28 am

double post...
Last edited by Jopol on Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:34 am, edited 1 time in total.

Jopol
KVRer
29 posts since 4 Apr, 2019

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:32 am

Agree with Bitwig. It’s so easy. Just create a track and add a HW instrument. Set in and out ports and you’re done. No extra audio track required for bouncing.
I also agree that S1 is a clumsy in that regard, having to create two tracks, one for midi and one for audio. Once setup though it’s easy enough to hide the audio track until time for bouncing.

As for FX I find them equally simple. Just setup the ports and direct.

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aMUSEd
KVRAF
31211 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:39 am

Bitwig together with the device panels I created for my most used plugins

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dionenoid
KVRian
631 posts since 3 Jan, 2019 from Holland

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:04 am

Cubase ofcourse.
More BPM please

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Forgotten
KVRAF
9938 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:20 am

Logic has Alchemy, and the built in FX are generally pretty good

chk071
KVRAF
23191 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:26 am

That wasn't the question though.

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Distorted Horizon
KVRAF
3429 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:03 am

Forgotten wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:20 am
Logic has Alchemy, and the built in FX are generally pretty good
Do they work externally?

I'd love to have Alchemy hardware :D

oneway
KVRist
148 posts since 11 Dec, 2017

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:18 am

Cubase, Live, Bitwig, any of those will make life easier in that regard.

Studio One is excellent for external effects though, Pipeline XT is really elegant imo.

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Forgotten
KVRAF
9938 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:43 am

Distorted Horizon wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:03 am
Forgotten wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:20 am
Logic has Alchemy, and the built in FX are generally pretty good
Do they work externally?

I'd love to have Alchemy hardware :D
Yes, they are AU plugins

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Distorted Horizon
KVRAF
3429 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:09 am

Forgotten wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:43 am
plugins
I spoke about hardware, not plugins

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Forgotten
KVRAF
9938 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: best DAW for external fx/synths

Post Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:28 am

Ignore my comments above then, I misread the OP.

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