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What is your current setup? "Andrew Rayel: In my Studio I use the basic equipment and nothing special: a MIDI keyboard from M-Audio, a pair of studio monitors from Yamaha, a studio soundcard from T.C. Electronics and an simple Intel PC with Cubase 5 and a lot of VST’s on it. Today’s technologies have greatly improved, so in most cases there is no need a lot of hardware." Interview.more
May as well get the basics out the way; What's your setup, hardware & software? Fair first question! Hardware: Event TR8XL Monitors, Shitty Midiman style 2 Octave Keyboard, Presonus Firebox, Focusrite Compounder, Borrowed Nord Lead 2, Korg MS2000, Waldorf XT, Vermona DRM1 mk2, Presonus TubePre, JSH Drum Synth, Line6 Pod, and amongst various instruments my pride and joy is a PRS Custom 24. Software: Cubase 5, Audiomulch, Granulab. My softsynth folder is a bit of a mess, but like the sound of Rob Papen stuff, but mainly seem to be into multi-samples and resampling at the moment! At the moment it's all running off a £166 barebones PC from novatech, but hoping I can invest in a decent machine next year! Hope that that answers the question! :)more
Outside of Mixcraft 4 and audacity, this was my first professional DAW, and after several years of learning production and experimenting with other programs, I have yet to find another recording/mixing software that comes close to the ease and power this program has. I have yet to upgrade to 6 or 7 and plan to do so when I can afford it, but if they're anything like 5 was, I'll definitely be sticking with Steinberg in the future.
So, I learned Cubase, or at least the bare bones, in school. Fair enough. When I got it myself, I felt at home with it. I learned more and more, and it became a really great tool. Of course, the interface can feel daunting at first, but it really packs a punch when you know where everything is.
I have used Ableton live, Protools, Logic pro and Cakewalk; the software that rule over all of them is Cubase. I started of with Steinberg Sequel 1 and upgraded to SX3 and then to 5. I own 8.5 as well, but haven't had the time to get my head around the new software as of yet, so that will stay in its package for a while longer. I have used 5 now for four years and I find it functionality amazing and it is extremely easy to use and play around with. I find it is exacly what I need for advanced compositions be it EDM, trance, Rock, Classical ...etc...
The integration of the VST instruments and effects is flawless and recording is very easy as well. I didn't think it was to pricey either for what I've got out of it either, and it supports my creative workflow, to the tee!
If I had the choice out of any software I would certainly pick out cubase everytime, but I guess this is what i'm used to and to change software out of what i'm used to would be difficult and a learning curve which I don't really have the time to learn.
It perfectly integrates with my audio setup also and as it seamlessly integrates with any sound cards and interfaces on the market unlike Protools (which requires specific sound cards to run, for quite a price as well) it works extremely well for people that are trying to stick within a smaller budget and this is very useful for starters, semi's and pro's alike!
The simplistic design with cubase 5 lead it to become an easy-to-learn DAW with a powerful outcome. I have used numerous DAW's and hardware recording/sequencers and Cubase has proven to be a professional grade piece of software. Cubase 5 gives you a lot of amazing features for a very reasonable price.