Music Studio Recording

There are a lot of recording programs to choose from when you’re creating your first computer based music studio. The choices may seem overwhelming at first but once you consider a few basic details (such as what kind of computer you are using) you’ll be able to make a wise choice.rnrnThere are a lot of things to consider when making this choice. The first is what kind of computer system you are using.rnrnI am not going to tell you whether you should use a PC or a Mac as I find that argument quite boring. You can create a top quality computer based music studio with a PC or a Mac. That being said, it is important to consider what type of computer you are using when choosing your music software because any programs only work with one or the other (or work much better with one or the other.)rnrnIf you are basing your system on a PC then you first of all want to cross MOTU’s Digital Performer and Apple’s Logic off your list as they are Mac only programs. I recommend that you don’t choose Pro Tools if you are using a personal computer.rnrnYes, I know Pro Tools is the “industry standard” but that’s mostly because people love to do what everyone else is doing. There’s nothing special about Pro Tools. Sure it’s a great piece of software, but so is Nuendo.rnrnAnd the problem is that Pro Tools just isn’t a good choice for PC users. Currently it doesn’t even work with Windows Vista and while the next version is supposed to be Vista compatible we don’t know when that version will be available and even then, it will only be compatible with the “Ultimate” version of Vista (if you currently own the regular version of Vista that will be a $200 upgrade.) On top of that, even on XP Pro Tools doesn’t work nearly as well as it does on the Mac. It’s definitely a good choice for Mac users, but you should avoid it if you are on the PC.rnrnSo what’s left for PC users? Steinberg’s Nuendo & Cubase along with Sony’s Acid and Cakewalk’s SONAR. Acid & SONAR are only to be used by Windows based computer but Steinberg’s Nuendo & Cubase are well suited for both Windows PCs and Macs.rnrnIf you are looking for the best audio quality you can get (and you’re willing to pay more for it) and you do not use MIDI very much then Nuendo is probably your best choice. It’s also the right choice for those working with audio for use with video and for those interested in working with surround sound.rnrnCubase & Sonar are great choices for those who use MIDI a lot. But you shouldn’t think that these programs are only for MIDI, they also work exceptionally well for recording and mixing audio.rnrnSony’s Acid is for loop based music like techno and hip hop. Really, I do not think it is a very good fit for most people. Unless you make loop based music, don’t choose Acid.rnrnMac users will probably end going with Pro Tools but Digital Performer & Logic are also great choices. I would recommend downloading the demo versions of each of these programs and seeing which one works for you. You may also want to choose Cubase or Nuendo. Remember that software also works well on PCs so it may make you more versatile in a way to learn those programs.rn