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Old 14-07-2016, 05:17 AM   #1
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What kind of DAW would be best for the kind of music I want to create?

I'm fairly new to electronic music but I'm into flume, hermitude, odesza, 3LAU, XXYYXX, hippie sabotage so far.
I really wanted to get into trying to create the same type of music, repititive melodies, drum beats, drops, synths, electronic dance music
I bought a Akai professional MPK Mini MKII with a midi drumpad
I've played around with FLStudio a bit, don't really think I like it
Any other suggestions on DAW programs that would help me create the type of music I like.
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Old 14-07-2016, 05:32 AM   #2
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Re: What kind of DAW would be best for the kind of music I want to create?

The kind that let's you sequence, track, record and edit MIDI and/or audio data and play it back.

Or download some demos and see what you like.

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You're not going to like any daw after only playing a bit first time out of the gate.

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Re: What kind of DAW would be best for the kind of music I want to create?

Demo something else if you didn't like FL studio. You'll either realize 1) they all require a lot of effort to master or 2) FL Studio really wasn't your cup of tea (it wasn't for me, either).

Also, you can make any kind of music in any DAW, and there are loads to choose from.

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Re: What kind of DAW would be best for the kind of music I want to create?

There isn't that much difference between them, really. The key aspects are how they integrate with hardware, how easy you find resampling and how intuitive the MIDI roll is. Mostly this is give-or-take: I started with FL studio, but moved to Ableton for the improved resampling/built-in-tools; I reckon that FL studio had far superior MIDI roll however.

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You're not going to like any daw after only playing a bit first time out of the gate.
I did quite enjoy Ableton right away when I switched to it from FL studio. I think the more apt description is that you're not going to enjoy your first DAW right away when starting out, since most of the time will be learning the essentials of electronic music.

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I did quite enjoy Ableton right away when I switched to it from FL studio. I think the more apt description is that you're not going to enjoy your first DAW right away when starting out, since most of the time will be learning the essentials of electronic music.
That's what I was trying to say but wasn't clear enough. After one has some experience switching could be enjoyable due to the fact that there's a foundation with what's going on they would have after learning some things from whatever they started on. But without the learned foundation things are likely to be frustrating the first time you fire one up as is the case here.

OP: Generally most DAWS are the same and operate under the same basic principles. The main differences come down to workflow. I always found the workflow in FL to be clunky. But that was back in version 7 or 8 and I'm pretty sure it's changed since then. That said, I use Ableton Live and found it instantly made more sense to me than FL. Bear in mind however, when I made the switch I already had a more than basic idea of how to operate a digital audio workstation.

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Re: What kind of DAW would be best for the kind of music I want to create?

From a practical perspective, there are significantly more options for useful tutorials for Ableton or Logic than other DAWs. Also, many magazines that feature step by step guides, such as Computer Music, tend to use either one of the above. I've never seen them use Reaper or Cubase. Reason is also rare enough.

Big thing about Reason is its lack of VST integration, which caused me to move away from it.

I would also suggest to also have a look at Native Instruments Maschine. I wish I had done so earlier.

Afterwards, it's really up to you to decide. What looks intriguing to you and what's your budget. All DAWs as well as Maschine (which isn't quite a full fledged DAW) come equipped with everything you need. Everything else is more options.

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When in doubt, use Renoise.
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When in doubt, use Renoise.
I use it, but I feel like it is a bit of an acquired taste.
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Re: What kind of DAW would be best for the kind of music I want to create?

Seeing as your new to electronic music id highly suggest to choose from the popular DAW's such as Reason, Ableton, Fl studios or Logic. Purely from the reason as the are hundreds of tutorials of how they work on the internet. If you have a mac definitely logic (i just love it), id normally suggest FL for pc as its work flow is very smooth as you get adept at it (i use both fl more however). All in all the DAW doesn't make or break a track so i find it doesnt matter too much as long as your happy with the DAW it will work. There is no software that is gonna make you a platinum tracks over night you have to learn unfortunately.
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Re: What kind of DAW would be best for the kind of music I want to create?

You can make any kind of music in any DAW. What matters is the producer him/herself.
But you can try FL Studio.
Its workflow is designed to be mouse-and-keyboard-friendly.
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Ableton Ableton Ableton!

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Old 22-07-2016, 12:17 PM   #14
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Ableton was the most intuitive for me, but it feels like I end up making more Jam sessions than complete tracks. Ableton's Midi mapping powers are amazing.
Cubase is cool but hard to get into.
Reason has amazing built in devices/effects & synths
I am disgusted by FL Studio's routing capabilities.
Reaper is a free option, a bit tricky to use for me.
Pro Tools is used by many famous musicians but it seems to be more suited to a Recording & Production studio that making music solo with Midi instruments.

If you decide on Ableton, check out Mad Zach, Tom Cosm, Vespers and Cymatics - tutorials and tricks

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Ableton, beacuse everybody uses Ableton. Every cool producer.
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Ableton was the most intuitive for me, but it feels like I end up making more Jam sessions than complete tracks. Ableton's Midi mapping powers are amazing.
Cubase is cool but hard to get into.
Reason has amazing built in devices/effects & synths
I am disgusted by FL Studio's routing capabilities.
Reaper is a free option, a bit tricky to use for me.
Pro Tools is used by many famous musicians but it seems to be more suited to a Recording & Production studio that making music solo with Midi instruments.

If you decide on Ableton, check out Mad Zach, Tom Cosm, Vespers and Cymatics - tutorials and tricks

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Reaper isn't free, nor is it tricky to use. It's the most user friendly daw out there
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Reaper isn't free, nor is it tricky to use. It's the most user friendly daw out there
I disagree about the user-friendliness just because it felt unfriendly to me and I missed features I was used to in other DAWs.



Phew you're right though, I should have said: 'free to use' instead. A full license is reasonably priced.
sorry about that!

Do you use Reaper? if so, what makes you use it instead of other DAWs?
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fl studio by miles easy routing and harmours a god send for future bass sounds. im in to that stuff to,
i could send you templates to get you going.
not just flume type future bass either got projects for the monstercat stuff to

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I'm fairly new to electronic music but I'm into flume, hermitude, odesza, 3LAU, XXYYXX, hippie sabotage so far.
I really wanted to get into trying to create the same type of music, repititive melodies, drum beats, drops, synths, electronic dance music
I bought a Akai professional MPK Mini MKII with a midi drumpad
I've played around with FLStudio a bit, don't really think I like it
Any other suggestions on DAW programs that would help me create the type of music I like.
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people ask this question all the time (I did too when I started here) the thing is, to develop your own style, you have to go in a direction you choose.
don't ask what DAW you should use, any will work ((seriously, clams casino uses sony acid))
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I disagree about the user-friendliness just because it felt unfriendly to me and I missed features I was used to in other DAWs.



Phew you're right though, I should have said: 'free to use' instead. A full license is reasonably priced.
sorry about that!

Do you use Reaper? if so, what makes you use it instead of other DAWs?
Yea I switched over to Reaper from FL. If you like to use a lot of audio in projects, reaper is heaven. First of all, there's no ram usage. Reaper doesn't load the actual sound files like other DAWs do, it uses code pointers to point to those files (which remain on your harddrive). Secondly, I can modify/pitch/timestretch/clone audio in less than 1 second. I don't have to go clicking anything on the UI, I can just do everything with hotkeys and mouse modifiers. not only can I do certain things with hotkeys, I can do anything I want since everything is assignable. Reaper also has an incredibly versatile mixer, there is no limit to the amount of plugins I can use in one mixer channel and it is incredibly easy to make sends and busses as well as recording tracks.

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