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    I'm trying to decide which way to go for a DAW. I'd appreciate any feed back at all.
    Thank you.

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    Fwiw, I’ve been recording for like 20 years now, from 4 track to adats to Cubase, Pro tools, DP, Radar, etc...

    Logic x is just so damn good for actually making music, I can’t conceive of an argument to not go with it. That and a decent apogee interface, and you can turn out some excellent results.

    Check out their drummer feature, that alone should make you seriously consider it. Let’s say you want to cover a song. You simply enter the parts into the arrangement track (into,verse,chorus,verse,chorus,outro) and click create drummer. Boom, there’s drums for the whole song, fills, cymbal changes, everything. A real time saver. From there you can tweak all you want, or not.

    it also comes with a good selection of decent sounding instruments, as well as useful loops.

    Well worth the money imo.


    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Montgomery View Post
    I'm trying to decide which way to go for a DAW. I'd appreciate any feed back at all.
    Thank you.
    MacBook Pro

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    Ps, don’t use usb interface with new macs. There are some issues you’ll want to look into.

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    Thank you. I'd heard there were issues with the new Mac Book Pros. I didnt know what they were.
    That's the reason for my question.

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    Thank you.

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    Long time Mac user here. I would highly recommend one and Logic Pro X as well as many other free or cheap audio apps and plugins. New MacBooks use USB C and I hate not being able to connect my work computer to almost anything without an adapter. This might be related to these rumored issues with usb interfaces, but I can’t imagine an interface vendor not addressing this. I like Focusrite best. Drop them an email if you are concerned.

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    Thank you Deke. I appreciate your time and response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Montgomery View Post
    Thank you Deke. I appreciate your time and response.
    No problem! I was lazy and just googled. Plenty of people say you can just use a cheap USB adapter to hook up a USB C mac to any audio/midi interface. PC or Mac, like I said I do like Focusrite interfaces. I started with a Steinberg and while it was fine, I noticed a definite increase in audio quality (guitars and mics) with the Focusrite. It is pretty amazing what you can do with a computer these days and music. The old idea of a computer being any other machine is certainly true when it comes to music. Have fun!

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    Windows, Cubase, PreSonus fan for over a decade until about 5 years ago. Now it’s iPad, Focusrite or IK, and a myriad of inexpensive good apps that I string together as needed. Very much a modular approach to a DAW.

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    Thank you Ted.

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    IMO, there is no point going usb for your interface. If you’re going Mac, get a thunderbolt interface. You will not regret getting a professional level interface (I recommend the apogee element series). Great conversion, low latency, stable drivers.

    if you cheap out here, you will run into headaches.

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    Thank you Vintagelove.

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    I bought a used Mid-2012 MB Pro for ~$860. 16 MB RAM, 256 Solid State drive, i7.

    If you buy a new Mac, you must buy the configuration you want; they are not upgradable anymore.
    I highly recommend the specs above as minimum.

    Logic Pro X is an INCREDIBLE deal and has everything you need. Even Garageband (Free) is adequate for most people.

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    Thank you

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    I think you need to consider at least these 3 things in concert:

    1. Platform (i.e. Mac or PC)
    2. DAW software
    3. Audio interface

    It's the combinations of features and price points that will ultimately factor into your decision.

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    Another direction to consider is to simply buy a stand alone Tascam or Zoom 8-track recorder. Nice ones are out there for $300. With these dedicated units you do not have the hassle of reconfiguring the inputs every time the OS updates. Turn one of the on and they work every time. I lost a lot of recording time fiddling with DAW’s. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster View Post
    I think you need to consider at least these 3 things in concert:

    1. Platform (i.e. Mac or PC)
    2. DAW software
    3. Audio interface

    It's the combinations of features and price points that will ultimately factor into your decision.

    Yes, and a quality microphone!

    Another thing, you may well need lots of CPU power for mixing and mastering, especially on multiple tracks.

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    Macs are shite now, but can't seem to give them up.

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    I've used both macs and PC's. I only use PC's now. Enough said.

    Must admit though I use a Apple wireless router. I've spent more on apple products than music gear. Paying more for a phone than a guitar, oh the humanity. The thing is almost all of the Apple stuff I bought is obsolete and I still have and use almost all of the music gear I bought.

    Apple, "We may not have the functionality of PC's but at least we are more expensive".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Montgomery View Post
    I'm trying to decide which way to go for a DAW. I'd appreciate any feed back at all.
    Thank you.
    My advice is to decide which daw application is best for you. There is a significant learning curve. Great results can be had on either platform.
    Find the daw that makes sense to you, and then think about the hardware.

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    Cakewalk is free, it is awesome and has no limits as a DAW...and it only runs on a Windows PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Montgomery View Post
    I'm trying to decide which way to go for a DAW. I'd appreciate any feed back at all.
    Thank you.
    A lot depends on what you want to do, and what software you want to use. For instance, if you want to use Logic, it only runs on Mac. FWIW, I use GarageBand on a 13" Macbook Air with 8 GB of RAM. Mine is a couple of years old, when they still had a USB-A port, and I use a PreSonus Audiobox USB interface. It works fine, even with lots of plug-ins loaded and other software running on the machine. I absolutely detest the Win10 user interface (there two Win10 laptops in the family, so it's not a matter of lack of familiarity). So the choice for me is clear.

    John

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    Another Logic Pro / Macbook user here. My Macbook Pro from 2012 has lesser specs, but does recording endlessly better than my brand new windows computer. I don't know how. When I run Keyscape on the windows PC, I get so much drop-out, latency, and RAM overload... Rarely an issue with the nearly 8 year old Macbook. Plus, Logic really is the most intuitive DAW I've ever tried personally! I actually bought the macbook only to run logic after using it in the studios I currently have access to.