What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

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3ptguitarist
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254 posts since 14 Oct, 2006

Post Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:16 pm

I currently have Cakewalk and ableton live lite 10. I'm a little interested in switching DAWs to something that has more of a userbase and is updated regularly such as Cubase 10 pro.

I'm into metal, electronic, hiphop beats, and piano all through software except guitar. I'm not a serious musician. I'm just doing this for fun right now.

I've used cakewalk for a long time and I wonder if I should just stick with cakewalk for my musical needs. But I feel like the userbase and interest with cakewalk has gone downhill. Seems like pro audio manufacturers don't support cakewalk anymore when they tall about daw support. For example, arturia's keylab mk2. So this kinda makes me want to get a new daw.

What do you guys think?

JerGoertz
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2307 posts since 20 Feb, 2004

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:40 pm

It all depends on your preferences!

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Apratim
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606 posts since 29 Dec, 2016 from India

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:57 pm

Huge userbase and frequent updates......feels reaper to me but i will warn you .sometimes the update may cause your system to crash for a few days .but again there will be an update for that and even the dev is ultra active.
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discoDSP
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4067 posts since 18 Jul, 2002 from Spain, Europe

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:59 pm

Logic Pro or Reaper. Both good alternatives.

xbitz
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2353 posts since 3 Oct, 2013 from Budapest

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:13 am

should check your prios
http://www.admiralbumblebee.com/DAW-Chart.html

Reaper has a bit garage-tuning feeling (needs some time till your customize) , I would check Cubase and S1, and Logic if u have Mac

S1 has a rent-to-own option https://splice.com/daws/38650984-studio ... y-presonus don't know the others
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129 posts since 10 Oct, 2018

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:30 am


Kongru
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400 posts since 23 Feb, 2017

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:11 am

I've heard that Studio One is similar to Sonar, I can personally recommend Logic if you have a Mac.

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EvilDragon
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17843 posts since 7 Jan, 2009 from Croatia

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:22 am

After the whole Gibson fiasco, Reaper got a decent influx of Sonar users...

mrcleats
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245 posts since 5 Nov, 2007 from Liverpool, UK

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:03 am

You might want to check this out...

https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=202667

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Burillo
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3371 posts since 15 Nov, 2006 from Hell

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:10 am

Apratim wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:57 pm
Huge userbase and frequent updates......feels reaper to me but i will warn you .sometimes the update may cause your system to crash for a few days .but again there will be an update for that and even the dev is ultra active.
hasn't happened to me in... well, ever, now that i think of it.
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xbitz
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2353 posts since 3 Oct, 2013 from Budapest

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:57 am

"Where we're workarounding, we don't NEED features." - powermat

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Distorted Horizon
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1723 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:07 am

They're all good. Demo them all! :D

chk071
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19366 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:16 am

I'd second that. Nothing worse than wasting your time with advice from people who don't know what you want, or never used Cakewalk in their life.

Jim Roseberry
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482 posts since 9 May, 2005

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:49 am

3ptguitarist wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:16 pm
I currently have Cakewalk and ableton live lite 10. I'm a little interested in switching DAWs to something that has more of a userbase and is updated regularly such as Cubase 10 pro.

I'm into metal, electronic, hiphop beats, and piano all through software except guitar. I'm not a serious musician. I'm just doing this for fun right now.

I've used cakewalk for a long time and I wonder if I should just stick with cakewalk for my musical needs. But I feel like the userbase and interest with cakewalk has gone downhill. Seems like pro audio manufacturers don't support cakewalk anymore when they tall about daw support. For example, arturia's keylab mk2. So this kinda makes me want to get a new daw.

What do you guys think?
Read up about each DAW application... as that'll help narrow down the choices.
Then, demo the applications that remain on your short-list.
Each DAW application has strengths/weaknesses.
One will appeal to your workflow more than the others.


Studio One is very easy to use (has a nice drag/drop UI)... but lacks more esoteric MIDI features you'd find in Cubase 10.

Samplitude and Reaper are both extremely powerful on the audio side (having Object/Item based realtime processing). MIDI is fairly well developed on both (including basic notation).
If Reaper has a downside, it's configurable almost to a fault.
For the less tech-savvy, initial configuration can be daunting.
All that said, Reaper is the most CPU efficient DAW currently available.
Reaper is the closest you'll find to a DAW that can actually be, "all things to all people".

Samplitude (IMO) is the best-of-the-best when it comes to slice-and-dice editing of audio.
If you get their Suite, you've got great tools for cleaning-up/sweetening audio for video/etc.
Samplitude's UI is a bit different... and that puts many people off.
Pro X4's UI and plugin-browser are a step toward (IMO).

If esoteric MIDI features are important, you definitely want to look at Cubase 10.

ProTools 2019/2019 offers a good balance of features.
One of it's weaker points is that it's not the most CPU efficient (especially when working at small ASIO buffer sizes). IMO, ProTools approaches a project more from an engineering perspective... rather than a creative/production perspective.

Ableton Live 10 is amazing for working with loops, audio segments, triggering virtual-instruments, and triggering samples (especially in a live/stage environment).
What Live lacks are the more fundamental audio editing functions that you'd find in a more traditional DAW. Live allows you to Warp audio in realtime (pretty decent quality)... but that comes at a cost (higher CPU use).
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3ptguitarist
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254 posts since 14 Oct, 2006

Re: What's a good DAW to switch to from Cakewalk?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:06 am

Thanks guys. I'm hoping to find something that is more industry standard other than pro tools. I've thought about Cubase as I want good midi editing. Ableton live is also on my list.

I've heard of reaper, but never showed a real interest in it. Maybe I'll try it out.

I don't have a Mac so I won't be able to get Logic.

Demoing sounds like a good plan.

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