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Finally found my DAW
This is long so TL;DR at the bottom. submitted by Stumbows to WeAreTheMusicMakers [link] [comments]
I'll preface this by saying I am a complete newbie to music production. I remember playing with FL back when it was version 2 or 3 and actually called Fruity Loops back in High School.
But lately I've been looking for a new hobby to fill my time, especially one that can be done all within my home.
I took to the idea of making some simple beats and just playing around. I started out in Garage Band but felt it was a little too simple. I moved to Logic Pro and it's absolutely amazing piece of software but ultimately my Mac was not up to the challenge.
I started trying a few on PC. Started with FL Studio 20 hoping my experience from nearly 20 years ago would come back to me. I felt overwhelmed and just confused by how some of the things worked. In this time I went and bought a Launchkey Mini from Novation. This came with an Abelton license for free. But I trialed the top tier version, as I'd have no issue paying for it if it did everything I needed. It took a while to get my head around session view and arrangement view and how they were split etc. To be honest I still think I never truly adapted to it.
Finally while wrestling with Abelton and still trying to find new sounds I liked I was giving splice a look when I noticed they were promoting a whole different DAW called Studio One 4. From the screenshots I was getting Logic Pro vibes and I was intrigued. Downloaded it and installed. Straight away boom, crashing and freezing. Couldn't figure out why. Thought it might have been one of my plugins.
Turns out when I went through the install process it asked me if MIDI input which I said yes but the Launchkey mini was not listed. I turned to the help articles at Novation that suggested I connect it using a custom setup. This turned out to be bad advice and when I deleted the Midi input and set it up in a more simple way everything worked.
Finally got in to start having a play with Studio One and I am blown away. It's everything I want and layout just makes complete sense. Honestly if I had even less knowledge of how other DAWs worked this would have been even easier for me. I started creating right away and for the first time since I started playing around I felt like I was controlling the narrative of the music and not what the DAW was nudging me to do because I didn't know how to use it properly.
I guess this is just something I wanted to share incase anyone else is thinking about getting into production and doesn't know where to start. Also I know it's a way lesser known piece of software but credit should be given where credit is due. Props to the PreSonus team for doing such a great job with this DAW.
For a beginner, brand new in music production I found Studio One 4 to be the best option. Powerful yet simple.
*I am in no way affiliated with PreSonus or Studio One*
Novation is obsessed with helping electronic music makers find new ways to produce and perform new electronic music. Since those early days, Novation has released a steady stream of digital music products, with two of their highlights being the SuperNova synth in 1998 and the Launchpad MIDI Controller in 2009. Today's Novation synthesizers come from a convergence of these two platforms, using an updated version of the SuperNova's analog modeling synth engine Novation Launchpad Mini MK3 Grid Controller for Ableton Live Bundle with Headphones and Knox 4 Port 3.0 USB Hub (3 Items) 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 $129.99 $ 129 . 99 Focusrite Novation Music Tech Audio Interfaces and recording products for home & pro audio environments. Originally set up by one of the pioneers of audio technology - Rupert Neve, Focusrite are a firmly established brand supplying great sounding, easy to use, audio interfaces such as the Scarlett 2i2, other products including the ever popular KRK Rokit monitors and midi instruments and synths Novation, from their Ableton-compatible Launchpad series to their popular desktop-sized synthesizers like the Bass Station and MiniNova, has garnered loyalty from so many popular artists, it's hard to name them all: Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, alt-J, and Massive Attack are just a few.