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possibly picking up a cheap ($40) used interface today (U-Phoria UMC202HD) - and have looked a bit into free DAW downloads.
from what my limited searching has found - these seem to be the top free choices.
which would you go with for an easy learning curve - and not necessarily much more than basic functionality at first - but with a glance to future evolution:

Cakewalk by BandLab
Pro Tools First
Presonus Studio Prime


Probably going to be running this (at least at first) on a Lenova Yoga convertible Laptop/Tablet.

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Reaper.

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Honestly I'd just get reaper and put up with the buy me nag at start up. Why you ask? Well it has a very wide userbase thus an absolute fuckton of tutorials on YouTube if you get stuck. I've always felt it was pretty easy to use. YMMV.

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$60 for a full version of Reaper aint bad at all.


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I use the new free Cakewalk.


But I've been using Cakewalk/Sonar for like a decade

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Reaper.

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No!! Re-open!!!!! :lol:



Devin wrote:
I use the new free Cakewalk.


But I've been using Cakewalk/Sonar for like a decade

Yes, this!!!!!!!

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They was the top recommendation in the article I just read.


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Cakewalk. All day long.

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Cakewalk. All day long.



Wait, you were talking up reaper not too long ago. What happened?


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reaper's a great option. never had a problem using it at all, and doesn't eat yer computer's resources, which really helps keep things moving.

i'd install the 64 bit version, and jam that machine full of RAM as you can if you don't have a buncha old 32 bit plugins, and just run with it.


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DING DING DING! :idea:

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reaper's a great option. never had a problem using it at all, and doesn't eat yer computer's resources, which really helps keep things moving.

i'd install the 64 bit version, and jam that machine full of RAM as you can if you don't have a buncha old 32 bit plugins, and just run with it.


I'm hearing the Reaper crowd - but it's only really free for 60 days - I don't know how far into I will get in the first two months. I'm not into stealing software, even if they do passively allow it.

Cakewalk is slightly ahead right now - how is it on computer resources?


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Audacity is free and as complex as you'll ever need.

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Also reaper.

It’s not only free for 60 days. You get unlimited use of the software, just have to wait 5 or 10 seconds to open the software after 60 days. I paid for the license some years ago, though. Well worth the $60.

I also just got free studio one for buying an sm7b from SW. haven’t tried it yet lol.

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well... you could pay for reaper. :D audacity works fine, but its pretty crippled by comparison.

i mean, in the end, you SHOULD pay for somebody's work to make the thing, but from a resource management perspective, you'd be hard pressed to do better for squeezing the most out of a system than reaper- with your hardware AND your money.. :D


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NinjaRaf wrote:
......I paid for the license some years ago, though.......


yes - I'm sure I would pay for it eventually - but just not quite my style.....

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i mean, in the end, you SHOULD pay for somebody's work to make the thing.....


I agree fully


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Thing is, the initial options you put in the OP, with the exception of Sonar, are all feature-crippled versions.

Sonar and Reaper are not. You can grow into them without paying to unlock features.


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...... feature-crippled ..........


clip crippled


probably appropriate.........


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clipless bumper wrote:
newholland wrote:
reaper's a great option. never had a problem using it at all, and doesn't eat yer computer's resources, which really helps keep things moving.

i'd install the 64 bit version, and jam that machine full of RAM as you can if you don't have a buncha old 32 bit plugins, and just run with it.


I'm hearing the Reaper crowd - but it's only really free for 60 days - I don't know how far into I will get in the first two months. I'm not into stealing software, even if they do passively allow it.

Cakewalk is slightly ahead right now - how is it on computer resources?


It's fine. I am running a 8-song project at the moment with 16 synth tracks, guitar and vocal tracks loaded with plug-ins and my computer is not even flinching. I have the paid version (X3) but only because I bought it before it was free. But Cakewalk has always been always super stable and easy on resources. I started using it on Cakewalk 3 for Windows 95.

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Reaper is free forever, so long as you don't care that it will take an additional few seconds asking you if you're done evaluating it.

I'll just say however that with no previous DAW experience Reaper is not that intuitive IMO. Even with some previous DAW experience, it could be even worse for you trying to get used to it.

I've gotten used to using it more and more and am making more use of it's abilities, which for a freebie are vast, and have grown to really like it's stock plugins as well. It's very strong and known for being very light on CPU.

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Windows Sound Recorder.



hahaha - relates to the 'worthy for your gear' thread!!


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