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    Default Upgrade from Audacity - Windows

    Hi,

    What music recording software du people use when recording on a Windows PC?

    I have been using Audacity, but I am missing a few features.
    I would like to have a metronom with a pleasant drum beat rather than clicks.
    I would like to be able to select the sound be entire bars, so I can cheat and copy - paste stuff more easily.
    And I can't seem to get the reverb to work in Audacity. Any filters I use just seem to ruin the sound, so all I dare to do is change volume.

    Is there anything out there that will help me, without being much more complicated to use than Audacity?
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    I've used Reason for years. The $99 Intro package should have everything you need to get started.

    Or you could try Reaper which is free to try and only $60 for the full version.

    Expect to spend a little time getting used to either.
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    I googled those two a bit, besides reading general reviews of software.

    I am not fond of the graphics of Reason, but I guess that is just a matter of opinion.

    The Reaper software is mentioned in several top-lists as a good "simple" software, when I don't need a ton of features. I might try that.
    Does it have pre-programmet drum tracks to use as a metronome? Like, I want jazz drums, xxx bmp, for 32 bars, GO!, or do I need to program it myself?
    My old cheap keyboard had a function like that, it would be handy. I wouldn't want high quality stuff to leave in the mix, just to keep time while recording.

    My google searches suggest Pro Tools as the top program to use, but it looks damned expensive. Does anybody know if the free version is worth using?
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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    I have not done much in Reaper lately. I'm kinda thinking it doesn't come with drum loops but I'm sure you could find some to import easily. Alternately, there may be a built-in or free VST instrument for drums. I'm pretty sure it does have a metronome function.

    Reason definitely comes with some drum loops you can drop in. Or make simple MIDI clips with one of the built-in instruments.

    Just my opinion, but if you aren't being paid to produce music, Pro Tools is overkill. Again, just my opinion. It is the industry standard for a reason, but (pun intended)Reason has always been enough for me.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

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    I think you are right that Reaper needs customization, plug ins and stuff to do the job.
    When looking closer, it is probably mostly the aggressive colours of the synthesizers in Reason that I dislike. I might try it out, after all I dont plan on using synthesizers.

    I dont doubt that pro tools is overkill, but perhaps using the free version of the top software would be an advantage if I ever needed to share stuff with someone using the real deal.
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    I dont doubt that pro tools is overkill, but perhaps using the free version of the top software would be an advantage if I ever needed to share stuff with someone using the real deal.
    Can't hurt to try free.

    FWIW, you can always share audio files regardless of software systems, platforms, etc. I've done many collaborations like that. I've only done one or two where both people were working in the same project environment, which was NanoStudio on the iPad I think.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    So, Reason needs some workarounds to work with my Blue Yeti.

    Does anybody have experince with Presonus Studio One?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    So, Reason needs some workarounds to work with my Blue Yeti.
    It does? I actually have a Blue Yeti and it works with the ASIO4ALL audio driver. Sometimes the driver settings need tweaking to get it to come through but I'm not sure that's a "workaround"
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    I guess I consider the need to install a third party driver a workaround...

    Edit: Now I installed the driver, and it will recognize the Yeti.
    I also installed Studio One.
    Both softwares seem pretty complex compared to Audacity, wonder if I will manage this.
    Last edited by UkingViking; 03-10-2020 at 12:08 PM.
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    Update:
    I installer the asio driver and tried to figurer out Reason, watching a bunch of YouTube toturials. It didnt quite work out.
    After watching more youtube I decided to install Reaper.
    This seems more intuitive to me, and easier to go to from Audacity. I guess it is a matter of personale preference.
    As a bonus it appears that Reaper can also edit video. Pretty nice, since I was also looking for a good option for that.
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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