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Free recording software… Audacity vs Reaper

Posted in Recording Talk by mikerobinsonland on December 13, 2009
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Ok so you want to do some digital recording but don’t have the money to buy pro tools or other costly DAW. Well check out these two programs that wont cost you a thing.


If you want to record something as simple as possible, check out Audacity. There really isn’t any learning curve at all.

Its audio engine is pretty good.

You can multi track however it can be a pain to do. If multi tracking is what your planing on doing i suggest you look else were.

Audacity does not support MIDI.

You cant really complain much about this program since it is completely free.

Supported by Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux

Download can be found here



Reaper is a shareware program developed by the same guys that made win amp. Reaper asks for $40 at the end of its trail period, however it will stay operational even if no money is payed.

Reaper is better then audacity at multi tracking. Its audio engine is on par or close to par as the big boys. It also supports a lot of plugins.

Reaper is vary stable. The software designers frequent the Reaper forums and provide code updates as soon as a problem is encountered.

Reaper does support MIDI however it isn’t extremely great at it. Its good enough to get your feet wet though.

There is a bit of a learning curve to master the program.

I highly recommend this program.

Supported by Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows

Downloads can be found here.



Which DAW should i use?

Posted in Recording Talk by mikerobinsonland on December 6, 2009
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If your new to digital recording, you may be overwhelmed with the different choices in recording software out there.

Really the question isn’t “which is the best Digital Audio Workstation?” The question should be “which DAW is the best one me?”. Here i will do a comparison of some of the top DAW”s on the market.

First up

Apple Logic Studio

  • 192KHz/24 bit
  • No limit on tracks
  • Includes many other great programs with purchase (MainStage, WaveBurner, SoundTrack Pro 2… etc)
  • Opens OMF files
  • Mac program

Logic is a great all around program ,especially for the price. This DAW is packed full of plug -ins and virtual interments.

Logic is know to have some freezing problems.

Full install of Logic 8 requires 50+ gigs for all samples and libraries.

Logic is a perfect program for someone that wants to  make pro sounding music quickly  and without much hassle.

*Logic Pro screen Shot

Next up

Pro Tools

  • 96KHz/24 bit
  • Maximum of 18 inputs/18 outputs at a time
  • Max 32 voices (expandable to 48 tracks via Music Production Toolkit)
  • Includes very solid plug-ins, and 2 free VIs (Xpand and Structure Free)
  • With purchase, can upgrade to Factory Bundles, which include more and better plug-ins
  • Low Latency Monitoring Mode (disables plug-ins/sends on recording tracks)
  • will not open OMF/AAF files unless you purchase upgrade
  • Price includes interfaces with varying I/O depending on price
  • Compatible with both mac and PC

Pro tools has a high learning curve, compared to Logic. Although compatible with mac i have heard of problems with updates.

Pro Tools is great with recording and editing audio files. However it really lacks when it comes to MIDI work, although it is improving on that aspect with each new release.

Pro Tools is the industry standard when it comes to digital workstations. If you plan to work in the recording industry, and have the money, I would highly recommend Pro Tools.

*Pro Tools screen shot



  • 96KHz/24 bit
  • Tracks only limited by computer, and up to 96/24
  • Comes with 4 new instruments, and over 60 plug-ins
  • “Control Room” feature in the DAW lets your control monitor mixes and talkback
  • Professional Notation options (plus great MIDI editing)
  • Surround Sound support

Cubase is sometimes overlooked but it really is a good overall program. Decent audio editor very good Midi editor.

The learning curve isn’t to steep on this program and it is a ton of fun to play around with all the available VSTs.

If you plan on doing alot of MIDI editing then Cubase is the program for you. My personal favorite.

*Cubase 5 screen shot