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Old 02-12-2017, 02:07 AM   #1
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Favourite DAW features?

What are the features of your DAW you've found to be the most useful/impressive/inspiring?

In Studio One, messing with the Groove parameters followed by the Split at Grid function.

Turns any sequence into something with a lot of energy and character.

The Swing, Start, and End parameters of the Groove controls also define where the grid splits the midi/audio. So it's more than just splitting into standard note lengths, which is when things get really interesting.

Really powerful if I think about bass lines as rhythmic, and that rhythm possibly has more permutations than melody!

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Old 02-12-2017, 03:18 AM   #2
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

Ableton's sample/timestretching/hammer-the-shit-outta-that-sample abilities are really impressive, and I love not having to load up another program to really hammer the shit outta samples. Max for Live has some great functionality as well that I'm fond of.

FLStudio ships with some of the most impressive and complete synths you can get. I'd put Harmor up with any softsynth out there and there's some really neat utility plugins as well. I don't make beat based music very much anymore but I love FLs step sequencer and piano roll integration when I need it.

I was a Cakewalk (pre-Sonar) and then a Cubase user for years. I moved to Studio One a few years ago and it's been a great replacement. I honestly don't do as much with it as I could, but it functions in mostly the same ways and has some really awesome routing options I don't see in other DAWs (especially the aforementioned ones). It's very traditional in its layout and functionality in a fulfilling and comfortable way. I'm sure there's a lot under the hood I'm missing, but most of my workflow centers around Ableton and some Max/MSP.
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:37 PM   #3
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

Track scopes in Renoise, makes it super fast to navigate between tracks and just great overview of what`s going on and you don`t have to remember which track is which cause you can see it at all times, seriously my favorite feature, it`s like being in cockpit of a fighter jet and totally in control... Renoise also has a mixer but I never ever use it.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:50 PM   #4
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

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Ableton's sample/timestretching/hammer-the-shit-outta-that-sample abilities are really impressive, and I love not having to load up another program to really hammer the shit outta samples. Max for Live has some great functionality as well that I'm fond of.

^ This for one.


Plus the new "Simpler" Sampler with the warp modes inbuilt.

Additionally in Ableton for me is the ability to quickly resample and drag and drop audio into samplers or into drum racks/drum cell's. Max For Live was a huge upgrade for me as well, primarily adding all sorts of modulation sources for me to modulate either soft or hardware synth's MIDI CC's.

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Old 02-12-2017, 09:18 PM   #5
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

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FLStudio ships with some of the most impressive and complete synths you can get. I'd put Harmor up with any softsynth out there and there's some really neat utility plugins as well.
Agreed, I was going to say Harmor, Sytrus, and Drumaxx. The piano roll is good, I'm sure, but I've never worked with anything else. I will say it's great that the arpeggiator and the note chopper are right there in the roll, combine that with the select tool and you can take a chord progression and get some arps and chord stabs nice and quick. Also, the ability to see notes for other instruments in a given pattern makes writing melodies super easy, just keep it on the ghost notes for your chord prog and then transpose it up and paste it into a new pattern when done.

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Old 02-12-2017, 09:45 PM   #6
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

Live 9:

session view: it's not just some dj tool, it's a good place to start a new track. If it's beat oriented, make different patterns, play with them and once you have enough of content, record everything to arrangement view for further editing. I do this with ambient too, it's easier to get your workflow going.

easy resampling: I usually pick resampling over freeze/flatten because you can control parameters in real time while it's recording to a new audio file. Easy to setup, you can build a personal sample library quite quickly.

easy audio/midi slicing: drag and drop, split, create different patterns of midi tracks. Good audio warping modes. "Slice to new midi track" rocks, grab any recording that has loads of transient content and slice it, then arrange and create new patterns. Glitch music 101.

m4l integration: not too stable for me, but some m4l devices are nuts, also there's this entire user library where you can get cool things for free, want some super experimental, obscure synth/sound generator/effect? Look into user library online. Also, learn to build your own stuff in Max and it's very easy to intergrate it into m4l and use your plugins in Live. Awww yis, it's all mine!

factory plugins: don't you hate that every plugin you open appears on a separate window? Unless it's a third party plugin, all Live devices stacks one after another in a bottom screen and has this minimal look with no shitty UI. And they're really good. I'm happy with EQ8 and it's my main eq plugin, other audio effects rock too.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:55 PM   #7
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

I have no idea what other daw's have, so I cant specificly say something from Cubase thats different from other ones, but in Cubase I like how everything is accesable via keyboard, everything goes so fast, cuting, pasting, switching mixer, project, etc etc. really like the easines of cubase.

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Old 02-13-2017, 06:34 PM   #8
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

I really love Magix's object-oriented editing in both Samplitude & Sequoia. It's great for mastering as I place all the songs in one track with different plugins in each song. The only thing is that Samplitude or Sequoia is pretty CPU heavy...but has an amazing sound quality...so I guess that is the trade-off.

I'm pretty interested to try Reaper as I've heard alot of good things about it.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:57 PM   #9
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

The MIDI effects in Live. These days I just set those up on a bunch of tracks with some random clip changes and let it make music for me because I am very lazy.

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Re: Favourite DAW features?

I use Cubase and I like that I'm not tethered by the dick to motherfucking Apple computers porc corp.
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

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Factory plugins: don't you hate that every plugin you open appears on a separate window? Unless it's a third party plugin, all Live devices stacks one after another in a bottom screen and has this minimal look with no shitty UI. And they're really good. I'm happy with EQ8 and it's my main eq plugin, other audio effects rock too.

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Re: Favourite DAW features?

I don't know which of these occur in other DAW's, but here's my Live rundown

- The ability to stack racks inside of racks (drum, effect, instrument, etc) and macro your macros. The only thing missing here is being able to bus your buses.

- The preservation of old things like impulse [which can still offer a lot of options when used with drum racks]

- Warp modes, inside and outside of simpler

- Simpler to sampler button (great for indecisive people like me)

- Recording in resampling mode, recording selected tracks or buses on the fly + pre / post-mixer options into any other audio track

- The ability to switch from automation to modulation modes

- Session + arrangement views for two crazy-separate angles

- Max for live. It's glitchy as hell (as stated), but you can always record shit before the crash happens


I should stop there. I could go on all day.

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Looks like a great and effective workflow layout
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Re: Favourite DAW features?

A couple off the top of my head.

Cakewalk SONAR:

Envelope Offset Mode: There's a setting where you can set automation envelopes in relative values rather than static values so that you can adjust parameters without affecting the settings of your automation lanes. Really useful for me. Especially for those times I want to try something without having to remember what I wanted to do later while adjusting mix levels and other settings.

Patch Points: Any audio output can be routed into any audio input. One of those features that after it was added, I had no idea how I did things without it. Been using it a lot lately to design pad sounds with different instruments across the frequency spectrum and then combining those into being like a single instrument track.

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Re: Favourite DAW features?

Wow so I can drag and drop a duplicate of entire Insert chains per channel onto a new channel in S1. Same for the send fxs.

Deactivate all Inserts on channel button > Bounce selection to new track event > drag and drop Insert chain onto new track.

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Re: Favourite DAW features?

Freezing a track in Ableton and then dragging it to an audio track. Really speeds up the sampling workflow (much faster than recording in "resampling" mode)

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Re: Favourite DAW features?

The entire Reason program.
That software has huge sound potential with the recently added features in Reason 9.
Automation is super easy and extensive.
Actually one can consider the entire software as an instrument.

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