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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 10:27 am
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Hello all,
Someone had suggested trying Cakewalk, and after briefly looking at a few videos, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm just wondering if any of you have experience with it, if it isn't as complicated as it appears etc. Just your basic impression/feedback on a beginner using this particular DAW.



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Cakewalk is a good product. It is full of features, and that can make it seem a bit daunting - but many DAWS are like that. It is well worth learning, and if you choose to proceed with Cakewalk, it will serve you well from beginner through to professional quality sound. Just focus on the beginner videos and features to start with.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 05:36 pm
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RainyDayMan wrote:
Cakewalk is a good product. It is full of features, and that can make it seem a bit daunting - but many DAWS are like that. It is well worth learning, and if you choose to proceed with Cakewalk, it will serve you well from beginner through to professional quality sound. Just focus on the beginner videos and features to start with.
Thanks RainyDayMan...yes, I don't know where to start so it feels overwhelming. I just want to be able to make decent recordings and add percussion, guitar etc, and be able to mix. I feel like giving up and sticking to my phone lol. I appreciate your positive input on the matter. It does help. :)



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There is definitely a BIG learning curve on recording software.
I'm using StudioOne which came free with the Presonus Audio box I use to run my instruments into my computer.

In my experience, it was tough getting the first song done.
But once you make it over all those hurdles it is clear sailing after that. (for the most part)

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Here's a video about my experience with it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NB7ueBhJgE



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 Posted: Mon Aug 26th, 2019 10:30 am
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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
There is definitely a BIG learning curve on recording software.
I'm using StudioOne which came free with the Presonus Audio box I use to run my instruments into my computer.

In my experience, it was tough getting the first song done.
But once you make it over all those hurdles it is clear sailing after that. (for the most part)

Sketch

Here's a video about my experience with it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NB7ueBhJgE



Hi Steve, great video...I need to get an interface and I will def consider the Presonus...great price range for us and software included is very helpful. Would love to see a video of the process from step one to completion of recording a song. (Hint) lol. The intimidation factor for someone who has no computer backround is a hurdle itself. I appreciate your input!
Kelly

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Kellyanneg wrote: Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
There is definitely a BIG learning curve on recording software.
I'm using StudioOne which came free with the Presonus Audio box I use to run my instruments into my computer.

In my experience, it was tough getting the first song done.
But once you make it over all those hurdles it is clear sailing after that. (for the most part)

Sketch

Here's a video about my experience with it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NB7ueBhJgE



Hi Steve, great video...I need to get an interface and I will def consider the Presonus...great price range for us and software included is very helpful. Would love to see a video of the process from step one to completion of recording a song. (Hint) lol. The intimidation factor for someone who has no computer backround is a hurdle itself. I appreciate your input!
Kelly

I seem to remember that Presonus actually hosted or developed a good set of introductory tutorial videos. But lack of basic computer and software skills will make it an even bigger challenge. I have a background in graphic and interior design. So I was running programs like PhotoShop and AutoCAD at a professional level and have owned comp0uters since the late 90s. That was an obvious advantage. But it doesn't mean that you can't do it. Just take it one step at a time. Once you get there, it will take your songwriting to a whole new level. It's very satisfying to make your own demos.

I would be willing to walk you through some of the basic steps when you get the software installed. We could communicate via PM or a phone call. That would help to really accelerate your learning progress.

I spent the wait time for shipment of my interface and software watching video tutorials. Then when it arrived I already had a basic idea of what was going on. And I probably watched some of them more than once. But once I got the hang of it, it was much easier than the videos made it look. The videos try to cover a lot of options that bog down the learning process. They make it more difficult from that perspective. But whatever you can learn is helpful. Then you know you have options. I think the reason they do that is because of how broad the audience is. Trying to cover all the bases.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 26th, 2019 12:23 pm
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I’d recommend Studio One too. It’s a great piece of software.
You get it free if you buy their audio interface.
All DAWs are intimidating at first, but like Steve says, once you get your first song recorded, you’ll be fine.
Check out ‘home recording made easy, on YouTube. He does excellent tutorials on Studio One.



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Ok guys, I will hit you tube and research Studio One. It'll be a while (I am guessing Christmas if all goes well) until I get an interface. And like you said Steve, taking the writing to another level is what I am after..I am tired of phone recordings, and I am feeling held back from what I wish I could accomplish. I am still keeping Cakewalk in mind...in case I don't get that interface :? Ive been in a dry spell for a bit as far as motivation with writing. But it always comes back. 😊 The encouragement helps! Thank you!



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Kellyanneg wrote: Ok guys, I will hit you tube and research Studio One. It'll be a while (I am guessing Christmas if all goes well) until I get an interface. And like you said Steve, taking the writing to another level is what I am after..I am tired of phone recordings, and I am feeling held back from what I wish I could accomplish. I am still keeping Cakewalk in mind...in case I don't get that interface :? Ive been in a dry spell for a bit as far as motivation with writing. But it always comes back. 😊 The encouragement helps! Thank you!
Here's the one I got. It is still only $99.95.
https://www.sweet***er.com/store/detail/AudioBoxUSB96--presonus-audiobox-usb-96?mrkgcl=28&mrkgadid=3251365493&rkg_id=0&utm_source=MSN&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=aaShopping%20-%20Core%20-%20Studio%20&%20Recording&utm_term=Brand=presonusId=audioboxusb96&campaigntype=shopping&campaign=aaShopping%20-%20Core%20-%20Studio%20&%20Recording&adgroup=Studio%20&%20Recording%20-%20Audio%20Interfaces&placement=bing&creative=78546401796536&device=c&matchtype=e&msclkid=89e13ba2655e11d93c9166c6124e446f

It assumes you have instruments and/or a microphone though.
The two inputs on the front are for either 1/4" plugs like an electric guitar,
or a standard microphone plug. The microphone I use has a USB plug so I run
that into my computer and the software finds it. I use a basic Blue Yeti mic.

https://www.sweet***er.com/store/detail/YetiStu--blue-microphones-yeti-studio-usb-condenser-microphone

You should buy the Presonus audio box new. (to get the DAW)
But you could find a used microphone. Although it is probably better to get
a new mic instead of one someone else has been spitting in. - lol

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PS  For some reason those links aren't working. Paste into the address bar and go from there. Also wanted to mention that I did buy the MP3 extension from StudioOne. If you want that option, you have to buy it. Best $10 that I ever spent.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 27th, 2019 02:57 pm
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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
Kellyanneg wrote: Ok guys, I will hit you tube and research Studio One. It'll be a while (I am guessing Christmas if all goes well) until I get an interface. And like you said Steve, taking the writing to another level is what I am after..I am tired of phone recordings, and I am feeling held back from what I wish I could accomplish. I am still keeping Cakewalk in mind...in case I don't get that interface :? Ive been in a dry spell for a bit as far as motivation with writing. But it always comes back. 😊 The encouragement helps! Thank you!
Here's the one I got. It is still only $99.95.
https://www.sweet***er.com/store/detail/AudioBoxUSB96--presonus-audiobox-usb-96?mrkgcl=28&mrkgadid=3251365493&rkg_id=0&utm_source=MSN&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=aaShopping%20-%20Core%20-%20Studio%20&%20Recording&utm_term=Brand=presonusId=audioboxusb96&campaigntype=shopping&campaign=aaShopping%20-%20Core%20-%20Studio%20&%20Recording&adgroup=Studio%20&%20Recording%20-%20Audio%20Interfaces&placement=bing&creative=78546401796536&device=c&matchtype=e&msclkid=89e13ba2655e11d93c9166c6124e446f

It assumes you have instruments and/or a microphone though.
The two inputs on the front are for either 1/4" plugs like an electric guitar,
or a standard microphone plug. The microphone I use has a USB plug so I run
that into my computer and the software finds it. I use a basic Blue Yeti mic.

https://www.sweet***er.com/store/detail/YetiStu--blue-microphones-yeti-studio-usb-condenser-microphone

You should buy the Presonus audio box new. (to get the DAW)
But you could find a used microphone. Although it is probably better to get
a new mic instead of one someone else has been spitting in. - lol

Sketch

PS  For some reason those links aren't working. Paste into the address bar and go from there. Also wanted to mention that I did buy the MP3 extension from StudioOne. If you want that option, you have to buy it. Best $10 that I ever spent.


Many thanks!! Ill check it out for sure...what is an mp3 extension? Yes I have a mic (probably got lipstick on mine lolol), guitar, keyboard. Id love to get a little electronic tabletop drum set...I think figuring out the on-line drum machines/plug ins (?) is getting waaay ahead of myself.



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Cakewalk has one very big thing going for it. Since it was bought by Bandlab, the core program is completely free. You'd still have to buy any plugins and virtual instruments but you get a heck of a powerful DAW for nothing.

Personally I'd recommend Steinberg's Cubase Elements (currently at v10). That's a cut down version so it's much cheaper than their flagship, but it's still very powerful and it comes with some excellent bundled instruments (synths and drums) and plugins.

As for MP3, you can create those using Audacity which is free.

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I will second the vote for Cubase Elements. I currently use the 9.5 version. Now I do have to say that it does have a bit of a learning curve to it but as Chris said it has more than enough power and features to do anything any home recording enthusiast would need. Another DAW that is free. well almost free, but is an excellent choice it Reaper. It might be worth you at least taking a look at.



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 Posted: Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 10:03 am
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Thank you Chris and Moptop...I appreciate all of the input here. I will refer back to these posts when/if the time comes. Much appreciated. 👍😊



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moptop wrote:
I will second the vote for Cubase Elements. I currently use the 9.5 version. Now I do have to say that it does have a bit of a learning curve to it but as Chris said it has more than enough power and features to do anything any home recording enthusiast would need. Another DAW that is free. well almost free, but is an excellent choice it Reaper. It might be worth you at least taking a look at.

Same version as me Moptop. I have a license for Elements 10 but I don't like the new interface so I went back to 9.5. I think it's really good value. Together with some good vsti's and plugins it does everything I need. I also agree with you about Reaper.

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Yes, I think it does and has just about everything I need anyway. Now see, I was thinking the same thing about the U/I on 10 when it came out. I had the chance to upgrade as well but held back for that reason. Actually I like the U/I on 7 a little bit better just because the size of the scroll bars are a little bit wider/fatter then on 9.5. Easier for this old man to grab a hold of.

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